Vampire Weekend: Best Album Of 2013

I don’t agree with Andrew Barker‘s 10 Best Albums of 2013 — I would most certainly have included Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” and Bowie’s “The Next Day.” Barker’s number one is Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires of the City.” Barker writes: ‘Ditching the smug Ivy League affectations of his previous work, frontman Ezra Koenig turned his gimlet eye away from punctuation and horchata and toward matters of real significance: death, intolerance, aging, depression, and above all, God. (“Modern Vampires” is perhaps the most thoroughly Jewish pop album since the Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique.”)’

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