Contra is the second studio album by the American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, produced by band member Rostam Batmanglij and released in January 2010 on XL Recordings. The album title is intended as a thematic allegory and reference to the Nicaraguan ies and the 1987 video game Contra. The album received critical praise and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. It was recognized as one of The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork in August 2014.
Contra is the second studio album by Vampire Weekend. They tried many new musical styles, including dubbed and slowed vocals, clattering pseudo-punk, African guitar riffs, grand choral swells, and many more over the course of this record. Many of the lyrics on this record are on dense topics, such as young love and Third World strife. Ezra, while wanting to discuss these topics, never let it take away from the enjoyment of the music, as his melodically abilities never let any of the songs feel too heavy to delve into.
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.
It's a sweatless calypso, buttoned-up and breezy. Considering the ferocious objections to Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut, "Horchata", and the rest of Contra, is brave music. It's like they've spent the past two years building a bionic version of the band- not only brighter and tighter, but weirder.
The scholarly Upper West Side Soweto of Vampire Weekend’s debut sounded self-assured, but on Contra, they step out of their ivory tower with just as much confidence. In all senses of the term, this is a sophomore album. The band still flaunts the collegiate sense of discovery that made Vampire Weekend charming - and sometimes too precious - but with more maturity and creativity.
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006 and currently signed to Columbia Records. The band was formed by lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, t Rostam Batmanglij, drummer Chris Tomson, and bassist Chris Baio.
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When Vampire Weekend released the single Harmony Hall in January, some publications were quick to join the dots between their return and fashion’s supposed volte-face to prep style. Vampire Weekend are back and it’s good news for everyone, reads Esquire. Firstly, it heralds the return of their warbling Ivy League pop, something the world has clearly been staggering on without for way too long now. Of course, Vampire Weekend hasn’t been making that kind of music or dressing that way for a long time
Lord knows they have their detractors, but whatever you might think of them, the simple fact is Vampire Weekend are now one of the most unique bands on the. Horchata. The band's second album, Contra, was released in 2010, becoming Vampire Weekend's first album to debut at the Number One spot on the Billboard 200, and. The General Society Library was the largest free circulating library prior to the founding of the public library system, and is now the second oldest library in the.