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Kurt Vile possesses the unique ability to tie time in knots. You can hear it on his new album Smoke Ring For My Halo from the off – the pinwheeling guitars and reaching atmospheres of ‘Baby’s Arms’ are as strange as they are familiar: a demonstration of how Kurt can put worn methods and sounds through himself and end up with something that isn’t emotionally or ... Read more in Amazon's Kurt Vile Store

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  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador
  • ASIN: B00BEOYPKW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Air Bud 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Goldtone10:25£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Kurt Vile has slowly, quietly become one of the great American guitarists and songwriters of our time. Kurt was born in 1980, one of ten children, and raised in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. As a teenager, his bluegrass-loving father gifted him with a banjo, when what Kurt craved was a guitar - so he played it as if it were. Wakin on a Pretty Daze features songs with longer tracks lengths than on previous releases, with Vile noting, "It was just the next logical step from making succinct pop songs. What do you do after that? You make pop songs that are longer and more epic, that push the envelope. Imagine your favourite song, or something that you play over and over in the car, except that you don't have to start it over as much." Tracklisting: 1. Wakin On A Pretty Day 2. KV Crimes 3. Was All Talk 4. Girl Called Alex 5. Never Run Away 6. Pure Pain 7. Too Hard 8. Shame Chamber 9. Snowflakes Are Dancing 10. Air Bud 11. Goldtone

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Casey on 27 Aug 2013
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A fantastic follow up to Smoke Ring For My Halo. The songs are excellently developed with a lot more instrumental layering and incredibly catchy hooks. Each song flows easily into the next but without sounding too 'samey'. One of the best albums you'll buy this year...and probably next year too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Belsey on 22 Jan 2014
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I genuinely look forward to those times when I can play this album in its entirety through a decent set of speakers. Most recently it provided the perfect woozy, uplifting soundtrack to a post-party clean-up. Having only heard a couple of tracks from earlier Kurt Vile records I had listened to 'Snowflakes are Dancing' and 'Girl Called Alex' on Spotify but been wary of the length of WOAPD and the number of longer tracks (which on appearance seemed extravagant). Man was I proved wrong. After the second occasion on which I played this album from front to back I decided, 'Right, I gotta buy this on CD.' This is just such a well-sequenced record and the arrangements are so compelling in terms of their shifting layers that the number of longer tracks doesn't make for a slog but instead an opportunity for joyous immersion. As with any great album, it helps that it's bookended by two tracks that encapsulate everything that is charming, melancholy, and life-affirming about Vile's wise-ass drawl and sparkling guitar tones. Thoroughly recommended and certainly one of the best records of 2013.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liavag on 4 Aug 2013
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Supercool guitar pop rock americana, made me a Kurt Vile fan. Looking forwrd to next album. Makes any day prettier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By XRayLexx on 9 Jun 2013
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A great album full of fantastic songs. Could be a contender for album of 2013 already. Get it and enjoy.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2013
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Philadelphia's finest Kurt Vile has gone out of his way in the build up to this new release to accentuate his impeccable slacker credentials as a prelude to his fifth solo album "Wakin' on A Pretty Daze". This reviewer is having none of this propaganda, since at work here is a dogged perfectionist who has over the past five years led the dynamic heartland rock community in the City of Brotherly Love that has orbited around the best band in America bar none "The War on Drugs". All these musicians have been releasing music like its going out of fashion. Vile in particular seems to relish putting out more eight minute plus songs on this new record than contained on the the average Allman Brothers album thus when he confesses in the title track that "I live along a straight line/ Nothing always comes to mine/To be frank, I'm fried /But I don't mind" you wonder how much more he would release were he ever to become hyper? It raises the question if this level of prodigious output serves to lower his quality control; happily the answer is an emphatic no. That said for anyone who owns 2011's epic "Smoke Ring for My Halo" whilst there is no noticeable sharp rupture or break with its illustrious predecessor ("KvCrimes" would fit on either album), this new records aesthetic does provide a noticeably different approach which emphasises a much more assured and confident songwriter.

Starting at the album closer is illustrative, since the ten minute plus "Goldtone" happily ambles along at a luxurious pace and Vile's polished drawl punctuates it with verses which keep your attention in a loose way throughout its subtly languorous duration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 May 2013
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If you liked 2011's Smoke Ring album, you'll enjoy this also. It's the sort of music which couldn't be made by a British band without drawing criticism of sounding retro and contrived. Admittedly all the ingredients are there, skinny white kid, Philly drawl, songs about drugs and women, strong Springsteen / Tom Petty influence. Heard it all before over 30 years ago? - well yes but this kid is also a true and convincing original. He writes great songs, delivered with his own sound and is also a mean guitar player. The album is instantly accessible but give it time and the songs get their hooks into you. Only reason for 4 stars not 5 is the absence of a real stand-out track - they're all good mind.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 8 April 2013
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Wakin On A Pretty Daze is the fifth long-playing release from blue-collar hero Kurt Vile, the current king of heartland rock and, or so it would seem, the whole city of Philadelphia. True to his increasingly laid-back narrative and with a running time well over an hour, it's now fairly safe to assume Vile's snotty, lo-fi past is behind him. Yet, despite a storytelling arc which, amongst other things, deals with having to comes to terms with responsibility, Vile is nevertheless still keen on sticking it to the man - albeit in more subtle tones than on 2011's smash Smoke Ring For My Halo.

Forever a product of his FM upbringing, Vile continues to draw from a rich palette of American icons, largely limiting himself to three main players this time around: Dylan, Young and Reed. "Making music's easy" Vile jokes on "Was All Talk". Well, it's not if you're gonna emulate these three and get away with it any credibility. There's certainly more to it than Wakin On A Pretty Daze`s vintage construct, the Sunday-morning pacing sure to alienate some younger ears and their Internet-fried attention spans. A downbeat mid-section will do little to convince them neither - a dose of considered bile would help enliven the listen, but Vile is no flavour-of-the-month. He lives and breathes the lonesome Americana he preaches, edging his craft closer to the greats on which he grew with each chord progression. His imagery of the road-less-travelled is borne of experience and if his tales are not toasted with the same romantic beams of sunlight that warmed his own back in reality then they certainly are in ideal.
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