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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Matador
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

American underground rock has long enjoyed a tradition of taking the discarded genres and styles of previous generations and re-contextualising them, so the familiar reference points are once again fresh and new: think of Dinosaur Jr and Meat Puppets retooling country and classic-rock references for an audience raised on hardcore-punk. Kurt Vile, lead guitarist for Philadelphian indie-rockers The War on Drugs, continued this tradition with two solo albums – Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying This to You – released in 2008 on bafflingly obscure record labels.

Despite their low profiles, these records won a modest blog-buzz for their hazy, personal take on the classic singer-songwriter paradigm. Recorded alone on rudimentary home-recording equipment, and aided by primitive FX and reverb-drenched vocals, Vile’s tunes channelled such masters of rock songcraft as Neil Young and Bob Dylan, though Vile’s idiosyncratic production approach – with a heavy lo-fi aesthetic, revelling in distortion and analogue crackle – made the sound his own.

Childish Prodigy, his third full-length, is his first for Matador Records and therefore his first widely-available release. Vile marks this step into the relative big league by inviting his touring band, The Violators, into the studio with him for a couple of tracks, breaking up the hushed and intimate vibe of the previous albums with a ragged Crazy Horse stomp (opener Hunchback) and frayed charm (the lackadaisical Monkey). In such moments, Childish Prodigy feels like some obscure 70s rock LP discovered by chance in a charity shop, an ambiance Vile no doubt aimed for. Freak Train, which closes the album’s first side, captures this vibe perfectly, its chugging seven-minute guitar ’n’ sax rock-out sounding like an indie-rock Born to Run.

Vile’s solo recordings, meanwhile, continue to impress. Dead Alive – which sounds like Thurston Moore singing The Rolling Stones’ Play with Fire – is mesmerising, with a brooding menace; similarly, the aching and pretty Heart Attack is given an electrified edge by Vile’s bluesy holler, sounding like Dylan in caustic, chiding Like a Rolling Stone mode.

His roots might be easy to trace, but Childish Prodigy is more than the product of a tasteful record collection. --Stevie Chick

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sutherland VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2014
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My stereo has had Kurt Vile on constant rotation lately... he's monopolising my ears! Weird, because only a month ago I'd judged the book by its cover and nigh-on written him off as being 'not-my-cup-of-tea' for reasons unknown. Anyway... one leap of faith, five albums and a couple of EPs later and I've now undertaken an almighty volte-face: each of his records has struck a real chord... but it's this one above all that has really squirmed its way under my skull. Oddly, I recall not being particularly taken at first introduction - but it's been the same story with each album; they've all taken a good half dozen listens to reveal their considerable but deep-rooted charms. For once the cliché of 'the grower' seems truly apt: something weird happens the sixth or seventh time you play a Kurt Vile album! I began with his most recent effort, Wakin On A Pretty Daze - his most focused set of songs and hence a decent start point - and worked backwards, through the much-touted Smoke Ring For My Halo (mellower, looser, less cosmic) and ultimately ending up at the beginning with Constant Hitmaker and God Is Saying This To You, both collections of earlier home recordings that pre-date Childish Prodigy, which is technically his third record but in another sense feels like his first 'proper' album. Gone is the pieced-together lo-fi aesthetic of the earlier records: C.P. is a cohesive entity, best taken en bloc, rather than shuffled around and consumed piecemeal. Half the songs here have full-band-style arrangements bordering on the 'catchy'... albeit in a very loose, offhand, psychedelic-rock sense...Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By caveman97 on 1 Oct. 2013
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Kurt Vile is without a doubt the best musician in his field of 'ambient rock' you could say. His voice lies perfectly over the bed of soothing, sometimes foreign sounds, interesting effects and in perfect harmony with a multitude of beautifully played guitar melodies, each one leading into the next but somehow completely different. He's the only artist I know who manages to keep the same atmosphere over all 5 albums, but still managing to make each song individual and innovative in some way.
I've always loved Kurt so I guess I'm biased, but I've waited a long time to buy this album and it really paid off.
The kind of thing you want to listen to all the way through, as well as having individual songs which work well together.
Kurt Vile deserves your respect, and your ears deserve to hear his magic!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
You are wasting time reading this- time that could be spent buying this album. 5 Feb. 2010
By scott f - Published on
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Buy this already.

1. Kurt Vile is the new revelation.
2. If we all are not aware of Mister Vile via the culture at large within the next year it will be due to a failing of the universe's mysterious workings.
3. You don't have anything better to spend ten bucks on.
4. If you have ears and have not listened to Kurt Vile you are disrespecting Jesus. Jesus gave us all ears so that we could someday hear this music.
5. I was serious about number 3. Quit smoking for two days if you have to. This will more than make up for it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Lucy Tonic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Specifically, I'd place Childish Prodigy in the same vein as Pete Yorn and Jeff Buckley, with the lyrical style of Bob Dylan and vocals resembling Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

Nonetheless, this album refreshingly strays from the cookie-cutter studio sound that most bands in the "indie" category tend to produce.

Opening track "Hunchback" is the perfect preview for what's to come; a mix of menacing, distorted guitars aligned with different patterns of percussion and keys.

"Blackberry Song" is the perfect, bittersweet driving tune, while "Monkey" reflects why many have compared Vile to Tom Petty, although the keys and structure of this song remind me of tracks by Oasis and The Verve.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Totally addictive 31 Jan. 2011
By Nicholas A. Mcclure - Published on
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This music is great. Kurt's songwritting kinda reminds me of a more spacey Robert Pollard with vocal styling of Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan. This album alternates between fuzz/noise-filled spacey jams or dream pop to intimate fingerpicked Elliot Smith style songs much like 'Constant Hitmaker.' I think this album is slightly better, as a whole than Constant Hitmaker However. BTW for some reason this is great road trip music. made my downstate trip fly by.
Childish Prodigy indeed 4 Nov. 2013
By Terrapin Jess - Published on
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
As of November 2013, this record, being an older in the catalogue, has some of the current live concert staples: Hunchback and Freak Train. If you're a fan of Kurt, pick this up, it has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from Matador records as well. Full color gloss insert and art and download code. Has encapsulated Kurt's lyrical and guitar talents and documents them for your ears.
awesome 11 Sept. 2013
By scr1991 - Published on
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I am a huge Kurt Vile fan. I started to get in to his music when Smoke Ring came out and then I decided to look into his other stuff. This album is really good and definitely worth buying. You should get the vinyl too ;) But, if you buy the CD you get the 2 bonus tracks including "He's Alright", one of my favorites.!
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