Staff Picks: The Best Albums Of 2013 (So Far…)

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Mark’s Pick: Modern Vampires Of The City, Vampire Weekend

Those who dismissed Vampire Weekend as a bunch of financially privileged, Upper East Side Paul Simon knock-off artists have been forced to reconsider their position in the days and weeks following the release of the band’s third full-length. Lead singer Ezra Konig has taken the proverbial “leap” as a lyricist, spending much of the album contemplating his evolving relationship with mortality, religion and God. It’s a bold work that rewards repeated listens, but thanks its confident and assured production, can be equally enjoyed by those who are simply on the lookout for catchy riffs and elegant melodies. Stand out tracks include “Diane Young,” “Obvious Bicycle” and the sublime “Hannah Hunt.”

RUNNER-UP: Pedestrian Verse, Frightened Rabbit

-Mark Graham

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