Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has described "Modern Vampires of the City" as "very much the last of a trilogy." If a reinvention is under way for the Brooklyn quartet, then its third offering is a fitting finale to a ride that began with the band's critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut. The new set is the group's most accomplished work to date and features a couple of firsts for the act, including a truly dark song in "Hudson" and a spoken-word interlude.

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