Contra (studio album) by Vampire Weekend

Contra
Contra by Vampire Weekend
Year: 2010
Release date: 2010-01-12
Overall rank: 394th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 1,027 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2010 (12th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2010s (52nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (394th)
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Vampire Weekend bestography

Contra is ranked 3rd best out of 6 albums by Vampire Weekend on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Vampire Weekend is Modern Vampires Of The City which is ranked number 123 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,089.

Vampire Weekend album bestography « Higher ranked (216th) This album (394th) Lower ranked (1,206th) »
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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 1,027 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.1/100, a mean average of 75.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.7.

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Rating:  
60/100
From 10/25/2020 03:00
I dont understand why this band is so hype?
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Rating:  
90/100
From 01/08/2020 19:46
It’s tough to pick a favorite Vampire Weekend album. The first three offer similar sounds, but the lyrics are next level. I’ve come back to this album recently and can’t understand why California English is rated so low in this site. It’s so fun and the layers beneath the main sounds are marvelous. Check out the Juan’s Basement version of it, then comment.
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Rating:  
80/100
From 07/09/2019 12:32
Solid album. All the songs are good, but nothing standout.
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Rating:  
80/100
From 06/17/2019 14:15
Second album and second success for the virtuoso vampires. Two years after the masterful hold-up of their debut album, which brought a considerable wind of freshness to the indie pop, Vampire Weekend returns with a new opus named "Contra". The band has kept the formula that had earned him the honors of the musical world, these small influences of chamber music, British pop, and oriental sounds. Voice, guitars, bass, drums, keyboard always form a sweet and singular harmony in the tracks. The production is more intense than in their debut album, which gives "Contra" the form of a joyous trip around the world under a radiant sun. In other words, each note, each melody finds its justification and energizes the record. The New York quartet proves that it knows how to mature their sound without running out of fresh air.

8/10

Best track: "Holiday"
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Rating:  
85/100
From 04/29/2019 21:05
A bit of a World Music vibe - some parts delicate. I was expecting something a little more ballsy, but was impressed by the sincerity.
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From 03/15/2019 18:36
Good album.

Favorite tracks: White Sky, California English, Run, Diplomat's Son

B+
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85/100
From 12/27/2018 22:14
Vampire Weekend is one of the few bands that really felt like It was progressing in each album. This one is more simple, but yet, more concise, focused.
Some of their best stuff are in here, "Holiday" is so happy and catchy, "Taxi Cab" is soft and beatiful and "Diplomat's Son" is my personal favorite song by them, It encapsulates very well everything I like about this band. You can call It college boy music, because It is in fact what most of their songs talk about, but you shouldn't dismiss them, the way they do It is simply impressive, and I think at least something you can get out of It.
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55/100
From 09/07/2018 06:49
Not in my musical wheel house but that's not to say its a bad album

It's all very nice and summery with those trademark VWE World Music vibes . "White Sky" sounds like it's straight off Paul Simon's 'Graceland' album , whilst "Diplomats Son" is terrible IMO . Fortunately the best is saved for last with slow closer "I Think Ur A Contra" well worth sticking around for

A perfect album to play in the background whilst hosting family for a B.B.Q

55 Nice College Boy's Out Of 100
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Rating:  
90/100
From 03/16/2018 00:40
On Contra, Vampire Weekend switched from organic African-infused rock to electronic African-infused rock. This ambitious risk pays off, these songs are fantastic. Self-titled holds a special place for Vampire Weekend fans, but I'll take these songs personally. This music is perfect for me, the melodies are so angelic and uplifting, with a hint of sadness infused throughout. Quirky, fun, inspiring; this is my kind of music
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75/100
From 06/23/2016 02:38
Somehow I feel it is missing the songwriting of their other albums. Not bad, but not great either.
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