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7digital What we said: For a band who’ve enjoyed sizeable success thus far with afro-beat-influenced indie-pop, Vampire Weekend are showing an impressive lack of respect for their back catalogue on album number three. Maybe it’s the influence of producer Ariel Rechtshaid, or perhaps simply the consequence of the boys having itchy feet creatively, but Modern Vampires of The City is a very different prospect sonically to Contra. Take lead single ‘Diane Young’: combining skittish synths, hyperactive percussion and pitch-shifted vocals, the final effect is akin to Buddy Holly doing ‘Footloose’. And whether they’re pairing galloping rhythms with tongue-twisters on ‘Worship You’, or a subdued, piano-groove with chipmunk-style BVs on ‘Ya Hey’, there are enough twists and turns here to keep us constantly enthralled.
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- © 2013 XL Recordings Ltd under exclusive license from Vampire Weekend LLC.