VERSUS: Vampire Weekend/Wampire

It’s been a week – about time for another VERSUS, wouldn’t you say?

Well, I would. I say. Anyways, onto the albums:

THE CONTENDERS:

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

WAMPIRE – Curiosity

Wampire

THE STATS:

LABEL TYPE:

Vampire Weekend: Indie (XL Recordings)

Wampire: Indie (Polyvinyl)

TOTAL LENGTH:

Vampire Weekend: 42:54

Wampire: 33:06

NUMBER OF SONGS:

Vampire Weekend: 12

Wampire: 9

NUMBER OF SONGS ACTUALLY ABOUT VAMPIRES:

Vampire Weekend: none

Wampire: none

NUMBER OF SONGS THAT ACTUALLY FEEL MENACING:

Vampire Weekend: still none

Wampire: all none

NUMBER OF TIMES BAND HAS PERFORMED ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE:

Vampire Weekend: 3

Wampire: none

WAS THAT LAST QUESTION FAIR?:

Vampire Weekend: No, it wasn’t. I apologize.

Wampire: Erm…thanks?

SOUNDS LIKE:

Vampire Weekend: Decidedly un-Vampire Weekend-like. In other words, kind of good.

Wampire: early Ministry recorded in a tan can with loads of organ. In other words, also kind of good.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT:

Vampire Weekend: Diane Young, aka “The one where they burn the car.”

Wampire: Album opener, The Hearse – it turns into a UFO surf rock fight at the end.

NOTICEABLY ABSENT:

Vampire Weekend: more songs that sound like Giving Up The Gun

Wampire: That Kraftwerk cover they did for the Hearse 7″

MOST OBNOXIOUS LYRIC:

Vampire Weekend: “Back back/Way back/I used to front/like Angkor Wat…”, from Step

Wampire: The vocals are too buried in the mix to hear them.

THE WINNER:

VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires of the City

Man, as much as I’d *love* to choose the upstart here (and I really would), I’ve got to give this one to Vampire Weekend. Wampire’s Curiosity is a solid album, to be sure, but I didn’t think Vampire Weekend had the capacity to make an album like Modern Vampires of the City in them – so that fact that I enjoyed it as much as I did really says something.

I’ve never really cared much for Vampire Weekend, honestly. They’ve made a few nifty songs, but they always felt to me as though they were one of those bands who only did one thing, and that the one thing they did was only ever okay. They lucked out a few times with Cousins and Oxford Comma, but hell – a stopped clock is right twice a day, isn’t it? (yes, it is). But on Modern Vampires of the City, they’ve found success in pursuing the extremes of their sound. Their playfulness is the most playful it’s been on tracks like Diane Young, Finger Back, and (especially) Ya Hey, and that carefree “gee golly, it’s such a lovely day outside!” spirit becomes way more interesting when the songs containing said spirit don’t feel as mechanical in their design (as in Obvious Bicycle and Worship You). So yes. Vampire Weekend have finally have made an album that’s won me over as a whole. Saints preserve us.

Wampire’s Curiosity can be streamed in full on Spotify, and you can purchase it directly from Polyvinyl, as well. Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampire of the City is not currently up to stream on Spotify (save for the single Diane Young), but you can buy it if you so choose from XL

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