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Contra (Bonus Track Version)

Vampire Weekend

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iTunes Editors' Notes

Vampire Weekend’s second, self-produced album carries with it the charming hallmarks of the first funneled into 10 streamlined songs: breezy, weightless melodies; pristine high-register vocals; beyond-literate storytelling; and atypical song structures that incorporate elements of chamber pop and bouncy, African-influenced rhythms. Steel-drum-dappled opener, “Horchata,” sets the carefree tone that’s echoed by ethereal “White Sky” with its fluttering synths, brushed drums , and cathartic cooing. Amidst a sinewy melody grounded by a strutting bassline, “Holiday” brings to mind the previous album’s “Oxford Comma,” as frontman Ezra Koenig muses about seeing the word “bombs” blown up to a large font type. It’s this ability to weave wily phrases with wispy melodies that make Vampire Weekend appeal to a broader audience than the average indie band. This version of Contra includes an exclusive track: horn-speckled “Giant” that begins with a vocal interpolation of Notorious B.I.G.’s rap classic “Juicy” and further hints at a California theme woven throughout the album.

Customer Reviews

Slightly new feel, still great!

This is a great new Vampire Weekend album! It is a bit of a new sound for them. It has a slightly more electronic feel, while still keeping that Vampire Weekend sound that I love. I hope they keep up the great work! (By the way, thanks iTunes for releasing it a day earlier than expected!)

Sweet Fun to Warm Winter

In short, I think this album is uber.

At a distance, it's really fun music. Give it a close listen, and you might just be amazed at the depth and genius of Vampire Weekend's minds.

Thanks for a great cd guys!


I was SO excited for this album to come out because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vampire Weekend's first cd. It is really one of my favourites.
I have given their second CD a few listens and I must say, I definitely like the first CD much more. The second one is good, and the songs ARE growing on me, but the catchiness and fun of their first CD seems like it has been slightly lost on Contra.
I love Vampire weekend, but I have to say, I am slightly disappointed. I was expecting a bit more.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Describing their sound as "Upper West Side Soweto," New York City's Vampire Weekend mix preppy, well-read indie rock with joyful, Afro-pop-inspired melodies and rhythms. Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band early in 2006, when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. Taking their name from a movie Koenig made during his freshman year, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. Word spread...
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