Vampire Weekend shatters my (admittedly low) expectations with this album. It's not a collection of transparent pop songs this time around. The progression in their sound is admirable, and their sound has gone to a really nice, airy, upbeat place within the congested indie pop scene. Best surprise of 2013 yet.
'Unbelievers', and 'Diane Young' are the two stand-out rockers on the album, while 'Step' and 'Ya Hey' are slow, mellow songs with baroque touches and funky rhythms. 'Young Lions', though short at less than two minutes, is a terrific ending to the album, comparable to 'I Think Ur A Contra' from Contra.