The New York four-piece use their hometown as lyrical and scenic backdrop to the album. There are clever references in song like the double entendre single "Diane Young," which plays off the name of an anti-aging beauty salon in New York and the idea of 'dying young'. And then the more straightforward mention of landmarks on songs like "Finger Back" (W. 103rd and Broadway) and "Hudson." But this isn't the first time Vampire Weekend have used New York as a muse and to be fair Modern Vampires of the City goes much deeper in its ambition and inspiration. In fact, this is easily the most lyrically dense collection of songs penned by frontman Ezra Koenig. Modern Vampires of the City at its core really tackles daunting questions about life, faith and religion. Whether it's questioning life after death on the disguised, upbeat "Unbelievers" or again engaging the idea mortality on the dashing "Worship You," it's an understatement to say that Koenig has matured as a songwriter; these are songs of substance.
~ Mike Vasilikos