I’ve been streaming Contra, the new album from Vampire Weekend, since they posted it early last week. It’s been hard for me to put into words just how I feel about the record. It’s definitely good, but it has a lot to live up to. The band’s self-titled debut was a work of genius, and will forever remain in my music library’s most played list.

So how do I feel about Contra? It’s great. Ezra Koenig and the rest of the gang obviously know what made their previous effort so good, and that they would be crucified if they messed with their musical formula.

In an era when so many sophomore album fall flat on their face, Vampire Weekend has succeeded in producing another gem. Songs like “Taxi Cab”, “Giving Up The Gun”, “Run”, and “White Sky” are a slight departure from what we found on the last album. All great songs in their own way!

I’m a huge fan of the songs that have already been released to the public, but I feel that the band was saving the best for January 12. “Cousins” and “Horchata” are terrific tunes, but are overshadowed by “California English” and “I Think UR A Contra”.

Overall, this album is stellar. Each track is incredibly enjoyable, and full of spirit. The only negative thing I can say about the record is that I think it should have been released in the summer. These beats would be the perfect addition to a day on the lake (or beach) with some cold beer. I’m happy they released it now, however, because I’m not sure I could have waited until the summer months.

Thanks Squarespace!