Label
Global Music IND
Release date
27 Oct 2010
Running length
10 tracks
Running time
36:36

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Horchata 3:27 414,321
2 White Sky 2:59 417,013
3 Holiday 2:18 402,764
4 California English 2:29 303,938
5 Taxi Cab 3:56 297,407
6 Run 3:52 308,715
7 Cousins 2:25 406,151
8 Giving up the Gun 4:46 399,916
9 Diplomat's Son 5:58 203,616
10 I Think Ur a Contra 4:26 260,231

About this album

Contra is the second album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, released in January 2010 on XL Recordings. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 200. The album title is intended as a thematic allegory and a complex reference to the Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, the 1980 The Clash album Sandinista!, and partially to the Contra video game.

Music and lyrics

The lyrics of “I Think UR a Contra” include the phrase “Complete Control”, the title of a Clash single (notably, an influential 1980 triple album by The Clash was entitled Sandinista! after the socialist militancy opposed by the Contras during the Nicaraguan civil war). This refers partially to the controversy surrounding their punk roots. The title “Diplomat’s Son” is a reference to a story singer Ezra Koenig wrote about in boarding school, though the content lyrically talks about a homosexual relationship told by Rostam Batmanglij. The song also features a vocal sample from M.I.A.’s “Hussel”. “Holiday” begins with the opening lyrics of Fairport Convention’s 1969 rendition of Matty Groves.
Koenig has stated in multiple interviews that the album contains lyrical themes of opposition consistent with its title, and feels it is important to understand that the word “Contra” is a fundamental concept of conflict, without any implication that one side is right or wrong. The lyrics of Contra are also meant to express a desire to be compassionate even towards people and things you disagree with.

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  • icicle241286

    The first great record of the 2010s?

    15 Nov 11:36am Reply
  • dennisvanweezel

    Who is that woman on the cover? She is beautiful.

    22 Sep 4:46pm Reply
  • marctruant

    I tried really hard not to like this band for years, because I was dumb and trying to be contrarian or w/e. But just recently I began listening to this album, and holy shit. Absolutely beautiful. Always leaves me feeling pleasant.

    11 Sep 2:48am Reply
  • sofadecouro

    this album is so underrated. [3] It takes some time for it to grow, but when it does and you understand the whole idea, its pretty amazing

    6 Sep 2:54pm Reply
  • ReyGoing

    this album is so underrated. [2]

    12 Jul 2:17pm Reply
  • prttyvisitors

    this album is so underrated.

    21 Jun 11:13pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    What a great sound! Love White Sky and Ya-Hey.

    16 May 12:47am Reply
  • swimming__

    i'm in love ♡

    27 Apr 6:27pm Reply
  • thesleepycloud

    This album reminds me of Suburbia so fucking much.

    19 Mar 1:31pm Reply
  • brownayy

    their best

    13 Mar 11:36am Reply
  • waistinglines

    You have to let this one grow on you but I think once it does it's really great. It's quite a personal one, for me at least.

    11 Mar 5:44am Reply
  • channelmixer

    this one's a grower, that's for sure. however, i find that the second half pales in comparison to the first.

    28 Jan 8:16pm Reply
  • ronybozoglian

    the best

    11 Jan 9:15pm Reply
  • WS9167

    every single song here takes some time to grow, but once it does..... wow, really, I think I might even like this more than MVOTC now.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • twewy2010

    V The debut is excellent. IMO is on the same level of greatness as this. Modern Vampires is their best, however.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    And let me clarify: the first one is not bad by any stretch, all 3 records are amazing.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    Masterpiece. It seems like the only bad album they made was their first one. Compared to this and Modern Vampires of the City, it's so dang immature.

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • GagaZaynLover

    I ♡ IT

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • pqallan

    I LOVE THIS

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JuAlone

    Great.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
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