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Smoke Ring for My Halo (Bonus Track Version)

Kurt Vile

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Smoke Ring for My Halo is Kurt Vile's fourth full-length release done in a “proper” studio and while the production is certainly cleaner than his lo-fi D.I.Y. days it’s hardly slick. But the improved sound quality allows his music, and especially his lyrics, to shine through easily. This album features well-crafted and focused songs filled with effortless hooks, elaborate melodies, and intriguing lyrics. With a voice that’s somewhere between a street tough and a slacker, or a slightly more animated Lou Reed, he tosses out wry lines such as this one from “Peeping Tomboy”: “I don’t wanna give up, but I kinda wanna lie down, but not sleep, just rest.” A skilled and inventive guitar player, Vile performs nimble acoustic finger-picking (“Baby’s Arms,” “Peeping Tomboy”), strums soulfully (“Jesus Fever”), and fires off gritty electric licks (“Puppet to the Man,” “In My Time”) while backed by his band, the Violators. There’s a vague and endearing strangeness about this album (and Vile’s music in general) that’s hard to pin down. Smoke Ring for My Halo is as infectious as it is perplexing.

Customer Reviews


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...
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