You have to commend Vampire Weekend for even releasing a follow-up LP to their universally acclaimed debut. Rock critics love to tear down bands who receive instant fame and success, but Contra makes it clear that these Columbia grads aren't flash-in-the-pan hypes like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and a handful of other bands have proved to be. One reason VW's prep-school schtick hasn't gotten tired is because the tunes continue to impress. From the spastic clash of instruments on "Cousins" to the Auto-Tune experimentation on "California English," the Ivy League boys (no Chester French) find a way to keep their sound fresh. We can't be mad at that.