by Vampire Weekend

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More About Contra by Vampire Weekend

Track Listing

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

Genre: Rock & Pop
  • Genre: Popular Music
  • Release Date: January 2010
  • Label: XL
  • Format: CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio Format: Stereo
  • Producer: Rostam Batmanglij
  • Engineer: Justin Gerrish; Rostam Batmanglij; Shane Stoneback
Music Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.56) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]rainy, confident and generally awesome....The drums are bigger, the guitars are faster, and the songs are outfitted with synth beats and hip-hop, reggae and electro accents."

Spin (p.61) - "CONTRA is more fully formed, a '70s-style record-type record. It's their version of the Talking Heads' MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD..."

Uncut - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith its melodic beauty, orchestral invention, rhythmic subtlety and metaphysical wit -- it's still unmistakably Vampire Weekend."

Uncut (p.36) - Ranked #13 in Uncut's "The 50 Best Albums of 2010" -- "[C]lever and catchy songs loaded with Clash allusions."

CMJ - "[I]t retains all of the band's sunny key elements: clean electric guitars, buoyant keyboards and poppy African rhythms..."

Paste (magazine) (p.61) - "CONTRA opener 'Horchata' displays a caliber of pop songcraft and melodic intuition that gives The Shins' James Mercer a run for his harmony..."

Customer Reviews