January 15, 2010
New Albums: Vampire Weekend and Ringo Starr
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Well, this is eclectic. Vampire Weekend’s new album, Contra, opens with “Horchata,” presumably named after the Spanish (or also Latin) drinks (“In December drinkin’ Horchata…”). The rest of the record continues with more indie music in a variety of styles. Like I said, it’s really eclectic, so if you enjoy American indie music, then Vampire Weekend is for you.
Contra is the band’s second studio album. For being a self-proclaimed “indie” band, they have done exceptionally well in both Britain and the U.S., selling in the top 20 in both countries. They also recently performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (lucky them—probably one of the last performances) to promote themselves.
I like randomness as much as the next person, so Vampire Weekend is okay in my books. I hope Contra does as well as their debut album! Check it out; it’s on sale now!
Ringo Starr – Y Not
Ringo released Liverpool 8 in 2008, and yet, under two years later, he’s back with Y Not. He just keeps kicking them out, doesn’t he? This is Ringo’s 15th studio album (in his solo career alone). It’s safe to say that he has been incredibly successful; so, why not keep the streak going?
One thing that people must like about Ringo is that his style doesn’t seem to change that much. Paul McCartney’s albums, if I may say, seem to age as he does. That’s fine—most artists go that route (Elton John, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow…although I’m not fully convinced that Barry Manilow has been aged 50 for about 30 years). When you listen to Ringo’s songs, though, you can still hear heavy influence from the Beatles (especially in “Y Not,” “Walk With You,” “Fill in the Blanks”).
Random side note, but did you know that Ringo lent his voice to “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends” from 1984-1986? Thought that’d be a nice little bit of information. Anyway, check out Y Not today!
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