Yesterday, I woke up around nine, and it being a Sunday morning, I decided to put the iPod onto some Loreena McKennitt and just lie in bed until I felt like moving. After about an hour of listening to music and reading Harry Potter, my room mate awoke and started getting ready for the day. When she climbed down from bed, we both noticed that there was a CD on the floor. But we were lazy and kept it there. Later, Jess’s friend walked in and saw the CD on the floor and picked it up. On the front, it was labelled “Contra”.
Well, shit son. That got me up.
Contra is the name of the new Vampire Weekend album that was released last month, and seeing the new CD under my door was like Christmas coming all over again. Turns out that my neighbour in the dorm next to me got it for me since she knew that I loved Vampire Weekend. Ah, I love my friends.
So, here’s a little review, slash, I want to talk about music time.
I listened to the full album a week before it was released when NPR had it on its website along with an article, and my first impressions were very positive. It had the same beachy feel as the first album, and it was musically impressive. After giving it some more listening to with the actual CD, this was reconfirmed. I’m glad that the vibes are the same, and the background music is impressive. I wasn’t expecting the forceful strings. Not at all.
So far, my favourite songs are Horchata and California English. After some more listens, I can tell you more. But I generally approve. Unfortunately, some of my friends did not and said that Vampire Weekend had sold out and become less of a band. To be honest, I don’t see it. Their new album hasn’t changed much from the first, except it’s maybe a little more mature (a little). I’m not a nay-sayer to this album; they did a good job.
Anyway, I recommend giving it a good listening to. Making a playlist is pretty fun, too. I combined it with Arcade Fire, the Beatles, the Strokes, and Panic! At the Disco’s Pretty Odd album. Very enjoyable.