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Contra [VINYL]

Vampire Weekend Vinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (11 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B002R55I6M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,648 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Horchata
2. White Sky
3. Holiday
4. California English
5. Taxi Cab
6. Run
7. Cousins
8. Giving Up the Gun
9. Diplomat's Son
10. I Think Ur a Contra

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Second studio album by the critically-acclaimed American indie rock band. The album debuted at #1 in the Uk Albums Chart and includes the singles 'Cousins', 'Giving Up the Gun', 'Holiday' and 'White Sky'.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Some reviews of "Contra" have come with the qualification that Vampire Weekend's second album is not the fun packed neo African rhythm monster of their infectious debut. The new album is indeed a much denser and fuller work its less "Upper West Side Soweto" and "preppy college" rock and takes its cue from a broader musical palette. Nonetheless the departure is not overtly radical in a Noah and the Whale "First Days of Spring" sense and on balance "Contra" remains tremendously upbeat.

The thing about Vampire Weekends debut was that it came out of leftfield like the proverbial bolt from the blue; it was intelligent and inventive stuff and seemed to be an active partner to that other uber smart record of that time MGMTs "Oracular Spectacular". Erza Koenig's lyrics were witty and songs like "A Punk" could soundtrack romantic comedies.

While the essential features of the Vampire Weekend sound are here this album is noticeably different to signal progression. But is it better or worse for this?

Overall the sheer hedonism of their debut is missing which may not be a negative. You can have too much of a good thing and the band must develop. Not that the first track "Horchata" suggests a radical new departure. Indeed this could have happily sat on the debut while "White Sky" sounds like it could be included on a remix album entitled "Graceland with Synths". At a pinch so could have "Cousins" but which nevertheless shows how the band is maturing. It's the most frenzied guitar driven song on an album which relies more heavily on percussion and synths. Clocking up 2.25 minutes it's a great choice for a single.

Firmly in the "different" category are three songs. Firstly the albums clear highlight is "Taxi Cab".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No sophomore slump here 11 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
It was at a similarly chilly time of year back in 2008 that Vampire Weekend released their eponymous debut album. Unseasonably warm, afro-infused pop had my toes tapping for the rest of the year and it remains an album to put a smile on the face. The naysayers accused the Ivy League graduates of being too clever with their lyrics about obscure punctuation and architectural features and even of cultural tourism with the African musical influences (let's be honest - if you removed the African musical influences from pop music you'd be left with...well, Chas 'n' Dave. And they've just split up). Personally, I grew up listening to Paul Simon's Graceland so I have no problem bouncing about the room to that kind of thing and I have been looking forward to the release of their sophomore effort.

Opening track Horchata will be grist to the mill of the doubters with its subject (a Mexican rice drink) and rhyming - balaclava and aranciata to name but two. For the converted, along with tracks like White Sky, Holiday and the guitar driven Cousins, it is a track that could have come from their previous album, providing more of the same if that's what you're after. Where they depart there are some huge hits and perhaps the odd miss. Some of the tracks that had me worried on my first listen have already become amongst my favourites. One still remains at the risk of being skipped each time though. One day some kind of judicial process will bring Auto-tune to trial for crimes against music but until that time we will have to endure more experiments with it like California English. It is followed however by the beautiful Taxi Cab in which frontman Koenig employs those beautiful, effortless, Paul Simon tones, backed by strings and later harpsichord. How's that for Ivy League!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb 21 Jun 2011
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Blending poignant, self-aware lyrics with a wonderful backdrop of lush melodies, poppy beats and synth beats, Vampire Weekend's `Contra' is one of the most impressive and enjoyable records of recent years. Opening with the bright, bouncing beat and Beach Boys-esque backing vocals of `Horchata', a paeon to Spain's sweet drink, the album begins as it means to go on. It's an album split between the extrovert and the introvert, and the latter are combined in a dizzying wander through the exciting, imposing streets of New York, in `White Sky', where the experience "all comes at once", in a song permeated by the whoops and calls of the backing vocals. There's barely a mis-step on the album, and the following tracks `Holiday', a vibrant, day-glo evocation of the wait for a "summer's day", and the catchy, globalisation-focused `California English' lead the album well, into it's middle section. After these four tracks, the album seems to go a little more low-key, and somewhat more downbeat; with the beautiful tale of failed love that is `Taxi Cab', and the album's weakest track (though still worth a listen); the jerky escape-fantasy of `Run'. The album also experiments a little more towards the close; with the almost ping-pong beats of `Diplomat's Son', and the softer closer `I Think Ur A Contra', which fades to give Ezra Koenig a chance to showcase his vocals, which are almost as impressive as the music itself. `Contra' is indeed, one of the freshest and most listenable albums around; and has a bit of everything, from Carribean-sounding beats, to laments of love, and jerky-off beat, pop-punkish beats (seen best in `Cousins').

Whilst the album has come in for some criticism; some of it more valid than others, I feel that as a record I love strongly, it needs defending in some aspects.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quirky and a bit different.
Published 12 days ago by G K M Blanchard-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I think you're a contra
The Vampires can't put a foot wrong. I've never heard one filler track from them: every one is a gem, intelligent, literate and musically unmatched.
Published 22 days ago by Rigsby
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Album- fell in love with it
I ordered this album after hearing a few songs I really liked that were on it- after I listened to it, I found it to be extremely easy to listen (and dance) to, and though some... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sophie Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Well according to my daughter whom I bought it for. Recommended for the teenage years as I wasn't as keen.
Published 6 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Yeah, arrived pretty sharpish, good there.
Album is pretty good, very Vampire Weekend.. Which if you really like them that's great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zach
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
Cousins is a terrible song other than that a great album. Typical vampire weekend, interesting backing music, lyrics that make no sense whatsoever but it is a great album.
Published 8 months ago by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Huge fan of Vampire Weekend and this album does not disappoint. It's my go to album for road trips and parties.
Published 11 months ago by Jen Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Vampire Weekend
This album has the same great jolly feel from the debut. Although it took a few listens to get into it(hence the four stars) it is now level with their self-named album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel good album
Saw Vampire weekend on TV coverage of Glastonbury and live at the Olympic Park. The studio recordings are great too. This is my favourite
Published 12 months ago by Jo in Suffolk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
Wow, how have I missed these treasures ? Every track so original and full of life. Absolutely love the unique vocal and guitar work, not to mention the percussion that make this a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by mike hunt motors
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