If Vampire Weekend were observant flies on the wall during their first two albums–mainly describing upper-class Northeastern culture–they’re in the eye of the storm now. And their third LP, Modern Vampires of the City, sees the group at their damned finest. The introspection and stories found on tracks like “Hannah Hunt” and “Hudson” are darker, but welcomed personal reflections. But the Upper West Side guys can still crank out the catchy stuff, too, in the form of “Diane Young” and “Ya Hey.” The cheeky Paul Simon comparisons are now moot. These guys have finally come into their own.
Standout Songs: “Hannah Hunt,” “Obvious Bicycle,” “Ya Hey”
Songs to Skip: “Don’t Lie,” “Worship You”