My history with Vampire Weekend is as follows. Really loved A-Punk off their s/t debut and subsequently the rest of the album. Slowly grew tired of it after being hearing all the time – commercials, dinner parties, radio, etc. I couldn’t escape them. Was really looking forward to their sophomore effort but was nervous if they could pull it off. The sophomore effort always seems to be the toughest. Well, Contra didn’t really do it for me. I tried a few times but that album had zero staying power with me.
The release of Modern Vampires was met by a shrug of my shoulders. But I will say this, the first four tunes on this album is about as good a start as you’re going to get. Modern Bicycle > Unbelievers > Step > Diane Young are all fantastic. The orchestral pop of Step is probably my favorite which is odd as that is usually not my cup of tea. The rest of the album loses steam for me but those four tracks are so good that you get your money’s worth.