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ONE OF THE BEST LPs OF THE YEAR
on 28 June 2011
This is simply great. It's the possible next step for anyone who got into John Grant's album of last year. Different dude, different voice, different topics (generally) but his songs take you to secret places in the same way Grant did.
I note that another reviewer here said there was nothing "groundbreaking" here. That's true, in the sense that you could draw a line of influence from Vile to many other singer songwriters of, say, the early 1970s. I'd name Michael Chapman, Bill Fay, a bit of Terry Reid and a dash of Nick Drake... others will hear their own reference points.
Having said that, I have no idea whether Vile has heard any of those artists. The bottom line is this..
He sounds like himself, and there's been nothing much like 'Smoke Ring For My Halo' for many years.