Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Kurt Vile is one of my favourite musicians on the scene today, and every album he completes only brings more of the same pure excellence. His fifth record, 2013's 'Walkin On A Pretty Daze' is nothing short of five star worthy, and was the one which first brought him real attention in terms of chart success. It received a placing all over the world, most notably in Sweden where it peaked at a respectable no.21. It was also a reasonable hit in the US, and narrowly missed the top 40 over here in Britain.
This is an excellent album from the founding member of The War on Drugs is a folk-rock lover's delight, with one classic tune after another, no fillers or substandard moments whatsoever, they all fit and gel together beautifully. The epic 9 minute, 30 seconds opener 'Walkin' On A Pretty Day', is a sublime psychedelic-folk rock song, and one of those few extra long tracks that I can happily listen to in it's entirety, without ever becoming bored or tempted to skip forward. Other magical moments can be found under the titles of 'KV Crimes;, Was All Talk, 'Girl Called Alex', 'Pure Pain', and 'Never Run Away'.
Kurt Vile, a kind of modern day Bruce Springsteen or Tom Petty, and really - what Lou Reed would have sounded like in Nashville, sure knows his way around a guitar, and sings his heart out with real emotion. I don't say this very often, only really with the Scottish legend Donovan, but hearing Kurt's well-crafted, beautifully written songs on any album always makes me able to conquer up all kinds of wonderful imagery inside my head, it's like listening to cotton wool.
As what has become a common theme with Kurt's releases, the package is eco-friendly. The disc is housed in a separate cardboard sleeve, which is contained inside the album's main cardboard packaging, which looks very stylish, with a colourful graffiti wall there as the inlay. The accompanying booklet contains the full lyrics of all of the songs.