AOTY 2017
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #82 / 833
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 375 ratings
2010 Ratings: #34
January 12, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
Rostam Batmanglij / Producer
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91
A.V. Club

The 10 songs here don’t collectively match the near-perfection displayed on the band’s debut, but Contra is varied and vivacious enough to make each spin as revelatory as the first time you realized what the band was getting away with and how well it pulled off the feat.

87
Paste

Contra opener “Horchata” displays a caliber of pop songcraft and melodic intuition that gives The Shins’ James Mercer a run for his harmony, and the feathery lightness of lead singer Ezra Koenig’s voice allows him to indulge fluttering melodies that would sink under the weight of more overbearing pipes.

86
Pitchfork

Contra works because of its juxtapositions-- of natural sounds to processed ones; of manners to tantrums; of party rhythms to deadpan poetry; of black music to white music.

80
musicOMH

There are some mis-steps – California English employs Auto-Tune about two years too late – but overall this is a fine follow-up to their successful debut.

80
AllMusic

With Contra, Vampire Weekend make Auto-Tune and real live guitars, Mexican drinks, Jamaican riffs and Upper West Side strings belong together, and this exciting lack of boundaries offers more possibilities than anyone could have expected.

Dec 3, 2017
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76
Summer of 10th grade consisted of me driving 45 minutes to and from Loganville to turn in my weekly civics packet and listening to this album and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream. It was the first music I discovered beyond Star94--local Pop; mostly trash except for 1,2 Step, or 104.7 The Fish--local Xtian radio station; lot's of Amy Grant played back in the day, only redeeming quality.

I felt more "saved" after this discovery than when I told my parents that I had accepted Christ into my ... read more
Jul 27, 2017
81
i think UR a contra

once i listened to diplomats son over 300 times in one month and i alsmost died
Dec 26, 2016
85
Probably their third best album out of three, but still great. While this is not much of a departure from their debut, they still manage a consistently catchy and fun set of songs while taking a few more experimental risks than the last time around.
Aug 8, 2016
90
Vampire Weekend further explores their strengths and finds a new array of upbeat storytelling full of bright and touching moments.