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The Vaccines – What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? (2011)

What Did You Expect from the Vaccines

What Did You Expect from The Vaccines? is the debut studio album by English indie rock band The Vaccines. It was released on 11 March 2011 by Columbia Records, entering the UK Albums Chart at #4, going on to become the biggest-selling debut by a band in 2011.

Track Listing

1. Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)
2. If You Wanna
3. A Lack of Understanding
4. Blow It Up
5. Wetsuit
6. Nørgaard
7. Post Break-Up Sex
8. Under Your Thumb
9. All in White
10. Wolf Pack
11. Family Friend

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The Vaccines – Come of Age (2012)

The Vaccines - Come of Age

Come of Age is the second studio album by London band The Vaccines, which was released on 3 September 2012. The image on the front cover of the album is a photo of four androgynous teenage girls, each representing a different member of the band.

Track Listing

1. No Hope
2. I Always Knew
3. Teenage Icon
4. All in Vain
5. Ghost Town
6. Aftershave Ocean
7. Weirdo
8. Bad Mood
9. Change of Heart Pt. 2
10. I Wish I Was a Girl
11. Lonely World

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Vampire Weekend – Contra (2010)

Vampire Weekend - Contra

Contra is the second album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend, released in January 2010. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 200. The album title is intended as a thematic allegory and a complex reference to the Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, the 1980 album by The Clash Sandinista!, and partially to the Contra video game.

The cover of “Contra” features a candid polaroid of a girl from 1983. Ezra Koenig states that when he first saw the image, he felt he read “some sort of hesitation” in her face. Koenig believed that “wrapped up in her expression is this question: ‘How is she feeling?'” and that “maybe she wasn’t even really sure at the time.” Koenig likens the image to the Rorschach test as multiple meanings can be extrapolated from just a few signifiers, saying, “Some people get very mad when they see a white blonde girl in a Polo shirt.” The cover chosen as a juxtaposition to the debut album’s cover which, while taken in 2006, looks as if it “inhabits the same world”.

This album was number 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 6 on its list “The Top 50 Albums of 2010”.

Track Listing

1. Horchata
2. White Sky
3. Holiday
4. California English
5. Taxi Cab
6. Run
7. Cousins
8. Giving Up the Gun
9. Diplomat’s Son
10. I Think Ur a Contra

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Vampire Weekend (2008)

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend is the eponymously-titled debut album by American indie rock band Vampire Weekend released January 2008.

The album was ranked as the 5th best album of 2008 by Time, the 56th Best Album of the Decade by Rolling Stone and 51st on Pitchfork‘s list of the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 430 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The album’s distinctive cover photo is a Polaroid picture from one of their early shows in Columbia University.

 Track Listing

1. Mansard Roof
2. Oxford Comma
3. A-Punk
4. Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
5. M79
6. Campus
7. Bryn
8. One (Blake’s Got a New Face)
9. I Stand Corrected
10. Walcott
11. The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance