Contra by Vampire Weekend
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  • The album finishes out with I Think UR a Contra whose more somber and introspective tone is somewhat reminiscent of Iceland's Sigur Ros

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      Contra is the sophomore album by New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend. The opening track “Horchata” contains a rather calm verse that is occasionally punctuated by energetic drumming that reveals similar African roots as on their previous self-titled album.

      “White Sky” is a bouncy and whimsical track that flows nicely into


      “Holiday”, an upbeat indie track that will seem comfortably familiar to listeners to the band’s previous work.

      “California English” is a frenetic track that utilizes Autotune in a rather unique fashion.

      “Taxi Cab” reminds me personally of the track “Walcott” from the album Vampire Weekend, but something feels somewhat lacking this time ...


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        “Cousins,” the album’s first single, is driven forward by the same energy as “California English” and will quickly become a personal favorite.

        “Giving Up the Gun” sounds somewhat like what would happen if you left The Shins alone in a room with a drum machine, and “Diplomat’s Son” is a reggae-inspired

        song that samples from MIA’s “Hussel”.

        The album finishes out with “I Think UR a Contra” whose more somber and introspective tone is somewhat reminiscent of Iceland’s Sigur Ros.

        Overall, Contra is a work of a band that has no qualms with experimentation, but does not stray so far as to alienate its initial audience.




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