It turns out the third time really was the charm for Vampire Weekend. The indie rock stars' third record, Modern Vampires of the City, comes in at number one on "Rolling Stone's" recently-unveiled list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013.
The magazine says the band concocted the perfect mix of emotional weight, "studio-rat craft," and "sheer stuck-in-your-head hummability" to create an album unlike anything else released this year. They praise the band for growing up and going deeper this time around, adding that Modern Vampires of the City should ultimately go down as "one of rock's great albums about staring down adulthood and trying not to blink."
A little further down the year-end tally Kanye West takes the runner-up spot with Yeezus, which "Rolling Stone" says is the rapper's "most extreme album ever."
Daft Punk's chart-topping return Random Access Memories comes in at number three, followed by Paul McCartney's New. Arcade Fire's Reflektor lands at number five, just ahead of ...Like Clockwork from Queens of the Stone Age at six.
New Zealand newcomer Lorde scores the highest-ranked debut album with Pure Heroine at number seven, and Brooklyn rockers the National make their way to number eight with Trouble Will Find Me. Arctic Monkeys' AM is sitting at number nine, while John Fogerty's collaborative Wrote a Song for Everyone rounds out this year's top ten.
"Rolling Stone's" Top Ten Albums of 2013:
1. "Modern Vampires of the City," Vampire Weekend
2. "Yeezus," Kanye West
3. "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk
4. "New," Paul McCartney
5. "Reflektor," Arcade Fire
6. "...Like Clockwork," Queens of the Stone Age
7. "Pure Heroine," Lorde
8. "Trouble Will Find Me," The National
9. "AM," Arctic Monkeys
10. "Wrote a Song for Everyone," John Fogerty