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Co-produced by alt-rock architect John Agnello, Kurt Vile's fourth album finds him gradually emerging from the lo-fi murk of previous releases. He also cuts way back on the snarling punk guitars, turning instead to acoustic fingerpicking swathed in reverb (and backed by his trusty band of Violators). But it's a simple transition, because he's such a phenomenal songwriter, capable of penning exquisitely moody folk-rock numbers, like "Baby's Arms" and "Peeping Tomboy". His lazy drawl, meanwhile, is the glue that holds it all together.

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I don't normally submit reviews, but felt this album was worth the effort. Fantastic effort from Kurt Vile, no wonder the US music press are lauding over him


Love this, and his earlier stuff. Only a matter of time 'til he's massive.

Laid back, hard edged retro

Been enjoying this album after hearing a review on the Guardian music podcast. If I had to categorise the sound it's somewhere between Radiohead and Spaceman 3 with a big dose of slowed down grunge.


Born: 03 January 1980 in Lansdowne, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Philadelphia songwriter Kurt Vile was already recording himself at home by age 14, shortly after his bluegrass-loving father purchased him a banjo to encourage his youthful creativity. By age 17, Vile was self-releasing cassettes of his home recordings, which in the earliest days were strongly influenced by the raw slacker pop of the Drag City roster. He would continue to record prolifically, releasing cassettes and CD-Rs of his solo material while holding down a day job as a forklift operator. ...
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