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After a handful of recordings of varied strength and style (Fahey-finger picking, lo-fi wooziness, mainstream flirtations), Philly’s Kurt Vile (his real name) returns with a set of tunes almost as diverse. Childish Prodigy is as hard to nail down as Vile himself (he’s also a member of War On Drugs); gritty, grinding tracks like the Cramps-ish “Hunchback” and “Freak Train” are tempered with his own brand of hazy, forlorn lo-fi pop (à la Atlas Sound). There’s vulnerability beneath the tarp of reverb threatening to smother the life out of these songs, and that vulnerability is mostly in Vile’s voice, which can run the gamut from a genteel, lost soul to a gravel-throated threat. Tracks like “Overnight Religion” and “Amplifier” are full of ambience and longing, and when Vile chants, “I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t care ....” on “He’s Alright,” you suspect he actually does. Guitars are strummed and plucked with economy, then woven into pleasing layers on the spare “Heart Attack” and “Blackberry Song,” but they howl with convincing splendor on “Monkey.” Childish Prodigy makes for a lively, if not slightly perplexing listening experience.

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Ok so this sounds like Im walking in a forest and I stumble on to a bear that smiles and we dance around for the rest of time

my favorite album of 2009

This is definitely my favorite album of 2009. It's a good amout of psychedelic while still being relatively straightforward and understandable. The recording quality is excellent, despite have a low fi feel the vocals are still clear. The sounds are diverse while maintaining a cohesive style unique to Mr. Vile.


This album grew on me like a weed. I Thoroughly enjoyed it from the first play, but the more and more I listened the more and more I felt myself getting lost in the abyss that is Kurt Vile's Childish Prodigy. A Must Have


Born: January 3, 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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