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If you haven’t listened to Vampire Weekend’s third album Modern Vampires of the City, then don’t read on. Father of the Bride, their newest release, is an unworthy successor.
Six years between albums is a long time, even though Vampire Weekend is a band with a good track record – three excellent albums released between 2006 and 2013. Ultimately losing original band member (and producer and co-writer) Rostam Batmanglij appears to be the source of a dramatic drop off in quality (and concision, this bloated album that comes to eighteen tracks long).
Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend’s lead vocalist, has the gift of a wonderful voice.