New York preps strike again

Vampire Weekend’s latest delivers the goods

by Chris Pike

Ever since their 2008 self-titled debut album, fans of Vampire Weekend have been itching for more and in the advent of their new album Contra fans are treated to a brand new batch of indie goodness.

The album starts out with the song “Horchata”, which is reminiscent of their earlier work. The orchestral strings, which were heavy points of Vampire Weekend, are present here, but don’t stick around for too long.

Instead of a complete overhaul of their style and sound they have decided to keep the quick percussion of the previous album and replace much of the violins, violas and cellos with some subtle (and sometimes not so subtle as in late album tune, Giving up the Gun) use of synthesizers. Pianos also play a larger part this time around.

The band even goes so far as to tear a page out of T-Pain’s playbook with the song “California English”, which features Auto-Tuned vocals. All these adjustments make for an interesting and refreshing take on what was Vampire Weekend and definitely give the feeling that this is a completely new album.

However, there are some things that haven’t changed tweaking. The nonsensical lyrics also make a comeback with lines like “Fake Philly cheese steak/But she use real toothpaste” how can anyone deny the fact that this band is just plain fun.

 After the first run through the album it may seem as though the songs sound a lot alike but repeated listens reveal the intricacies and eccentricities of each individual song.   
All in all, Contra will definitely satisfy those who enjoyed Vampire Weekend’s first album and perhaps even convert a few new fans. It is definitely an album that fans of indie rock should consider purchasing (or pirating from the internet).


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