Vampire Weekend – Contra (Review)

There is going to be high anticipation on January 12, 2010.
That is the date when Contra which is the long awaited second album by New York band Vampire Weekend.
From where I live (which is Ottawa, Canada) this is one band I will not get a chance to see live.
Now they have become so enormously popular thanks to their eponymous self-titled debut album.
Still loving the polaroid theme album cover.
Wondering who this mysterious lady.

On the album.
They are still sounding great with the upbeat indie pop-rock sound.
Listening to Horchata is a change and feels like you are in a tribal party.
There is alot of British punk rock influence.
Taxi Cab is a interesting sound with the piano, violin and the silent drumming.
Run a upbeat synthy rock track.
Giving Up The Gun is another great upbeat track. A really great song.
Diplomat’s Son has that reggae influence sound and makes you dream that you are in a beach enjoy the warmth and fun.
Read that song was sampling off M.I.A.
This album doesn’t have all the typical 2-3 minute range of the songs.
Giving Up The Gun, Diplomat’s Son and I Think Ur A Contra are longer which is a surprise familiar with the band’s music from the first album.
With iTunes you get a bonus track which is Giant.
That song has a tropical beach feel to it.
While for those that pre-orderd you get a remix of California English, Pt. 2 (Bonus Track).

Best tracks:

  • Horchata
  • California English
  • Taxi Cab
  • Run
  • Cousins
  • Giving Up The Gun
  • Diplomat’s Son
  • I Think Ur A Contra
  • Giant (iTunes Bonus track)
  • California English, Pt. 2 (Bonus Track iTunes Pre-order only)

Overall its a great second album but it give it some time to re-listen every track.
But probably this album will shoot them into super rock stardom.
If I rate this, it would be 9.6/10.
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