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5.0 out of 5 stars Most accomplished album yet
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Most accomplished album yet, 27 Aug 2013
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J. Casey (Lancaster, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Supoercool, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, immersive album, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kurt Vile - Slacker blues par excellence, 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. This is good old fashioned A grade stoner rock which spread out over an hour of music and eleven songs cements Vile has one of the best solo acts on the North American continent. Opener "Walkin on a pretty day" bears a symbiotic relationship to "Goldtone" in length and is underpinned by that that melodic guitar solo infused rock which Vile and his War on Drugs counterpart Adam Granduciel should take out a full patent upon. This album does indeed veer slightly closer to the vibe of WODs "Slave Ambient" not least in the synth driven rock of the best song present "Was all talk" and one of the standout tracks the wonderfully powerful "Snowflakes are dancing". The impact of this is a less grungy album than "Smoke Ring" but a stronger set of much brighter pop/rock songs plus some convergence with "Air Bud" almost sharing the same guitar backdrop as Granduciel's "Brothers". Throughout the more airy and light infused tracks scream an attempt by Vile to combine his roots rock credentials with a dreamy feast of spacey drone not least in the punchy "Shame Chamber" and the Tom Petty inspired "Pure Pain" which will belt out of car audios when the north winds cease blowing. Finally the simple acoustics of "Never run way" is perfectly pitched and economical in approach.

Some will argue that Vile remains an acquired taste for those in need of retro musical fixes that involve a hybrid of Lou Reed crossed with Neil Young. This has lead the Independent in its review to snottily conclude that all this album amounts to is "mid-paced alt rock, reminiscent of the Dandy Warhols in a coma". This is errant nonsense and sharp pins should be stuck in a copy of the Indy for its lack of taste and foresight. Granted Vile is not a true original but "Wakin on A Pretty Daze" is a record full of exultation of spirit, songs that grow on every listen and represents real prime steak amongst much of the horse meat burgers of modern rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Daze For Lazy Days, 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.

There's a balance to be struck and with "Pure Pain", on which Vile laments his own success via mixed tempos, audible fretwork and train-like pedal steel, he manages to instil a sense of hopeless optimism entirely apt for his brand of competent, conscious slacking. Indeed, Vile's easy-going drawl leads you to think he's been hammering the herb, but a declaration that he doesn't "touch the stuff" during the dreamy, sun-dappled "Goldtone" would seem to disprove the notion.

Though his eyes may nevertheless remain half-mast, Vile's brain is working overtime. His folksy finger-picking is mesmeric, the unobtrusive arrangements of long-time partners The Violaters blissful and/or sorrowful as appropriate. And whilst this is a collection that unquestionably meanders through MOR psychedelia under its own organic steam, Vile brings confidence enough to know when to sit back and let the guitars do the talking and when to allow his withering observation to bite. Though it's played at too slow a speed, "KV Crimes" is straight-up classic-rock for example; "Snowflakes Are Dancing" and the focussed "Never Run Away" relatively dynamic in such gentle company too.

Whilst Smoke Ring For My Halo seemed very much timeless in the landscape of American rock, Wakin On A Pretty Daze seems a little more out of place. Rather, it's of a specific time and place no longer generally accessible outside of the grand traditions of the American dream. Vile hasn't lost his touch - far from it - he's just living in a world of pure aesthetic, beaming his celestial ideology back to us in album form - his earthly crown very much intact.

Advised downloads: "KV Crimes" and "Pure Pain".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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Dreamy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars great albumn for my son, 30 April 2014
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son loves it & must admit I've played it in the car quite a bit. Can be a bit too laid back after a while!
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