Contra

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Indie rockers' second CD is clean -- and compelling.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though there's no graphic content, some of these songs contain fairly deep introspection ("If I ever had a chance it’s now then
/ But I never had the feeling I could offer that to you"), but this doesn't make them negative -- just real. 

Positive role models

The Vampire Weekend guys continue to receive a lot of press, but they haven't let it go to their heads in the form of excessive partying or irresponsible behavior.

Violence
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A reference to getting stoned: "That night I smoked a joint."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that CONTRA is even cleaner than Vampire Weekend's last, self-titled album -- leaving out all of the swearing while retaining the thoughtful lyrics that helped to gain them fame in the first place. That said, there is a single reference to smoking pot.

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What's the story?

CONTRA is the second record from indie-rock darlings Vampire Weekend, who became the apples of the critics' eyes with their debut, self-titled album. On this album, the quartet of four guys from New York do what young adults do: explore their emotions and try to figure out who they really are. It's no surprise, then, that the song lyrics range from some fairly heavy introspection ("unsentimental, driving around,
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Is it any good?

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Paul Simon, Velvet Underground, Weezer, and even Men Without Hats (remember "Safety Dance"?) come to mind when listening to this multi-layered CD. Of course, these influences will be more familiar to parents than most kids, but Vampire Weekend's overall sound will appeal to both age groups. Though this second record isn't quite as mesmerizing as the first, its creative leaps from straight-up alt-rock to afro-beats and beyond keep your attention locked throughout the album. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Vampire Weekend may have chosen to change course with their second album by making it entirely swear-free. Could the band have felt freer to do exactly what they wanted with their first album, and after gaining fame, felt more pressure to appeal to the masses with their second record?

  • How might the pressure to make an album with mass appeal affect the music itself? Could it hamper the band's creativity enough that their songs aren't as good overall?

Music details

Artist:Vampire Weekend
Release date:January 12, 2010
Label:XL Recordings
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymsenziecullen April 2, 2010
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Amazing CD!!

AMAZING CD! It's one of the best out there! If you don't want your kids listening to Rap or Pop, this is defiantly the way to go.
Teen, 13 years old Written byreadyourheartout March 5, 2010
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BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD

i LOVE vampire weekend. i recommend it to any alternative rock kind of people(: i absolutely LOVE them.
Teen, 13 years old Written byclownarm8 July 8, 2010
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Vampire Weekend ROCKS

i LOVE vampire weekend they have such good songs!
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