Wakin On A Pretty Daze:deluxe Daze (p CD (2013)

Artist: Kurt Vile

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Specifications

Label Matador Records/ada
SKU 255961591
UPC 744861099888
UPC 14 00744861099888
Format CD
Release Date 11/19/2013
Links
Author Kurt Vile
Compilation Appearance Spectacular Now (osc)
Compilation Appearance Songs Of Aloha (ost)
Technical Info
Engineer John Agnello; Ted Young
CatalogID 10998
Lable Name Matador (record label)
Released 11/18/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 98m : 29s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00744861099888
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixer: John Agnello.
Recording information: Dreamland, Hurley, NY; Five Star Studios, Echo Park, CA; Fluxivity, Brooklyn, NY; Magic Shop, NYC; Miner Street, Philly, PA; Vacation Island, Brooklyn, NY.
Photographers: Adam Wallacavage; Mandy Lamb.
Philadelphia songsmith Kurt Vile's 2011 album Smoke Ring for My Halo was a definitive shift for the artist away from home-recorded overexposed fuzz pop toward a more sprawling, textural, and most markedly introspective style. The follow-up, fifth album Wakin on a Pretty Daze, continues in this direction, but pushes the changes begun on Halo with even more articulate production, extended exploration in lengthy songs, and even deeper looks inward, if all approached through Vile's one-of-a-kind fog. Beginning with the nine-plus-minute "Wakin on a Pretty Day," the album immediately takes the mantle from its predecessor, offering up wistful interplay between acoustic and electric guitar tones, Vile's dour mumbled vocals, and an overall emotional sense caught somewhere between the hope and promise of youth and the exhaustion of everyday life. It's this deceptively complex perspective cloaked in seemingly lunkheaded guitar heroics that makes Vile so interesting and helps keep the compositions on Pretty Daze captivating even as many of them stretch past the six-minute mark. "KV Crimes" comes on with a lazy classic rock riff but beneath its stony shuffle and sneery vocals lies a heart of both melody and a palpable sense of diminished excitement being reborn. Longer tracks like "Girl Called Alex" and "Goldtone" capture the dark wistfulness of Where You Been-era Dinosaur Jr. or the dreamy driftiness of Neil Young at his most guitar-centric peaks. Much like his former/sometimes band the War on Drugs, there's an undercurrent of working-class rock ? la Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen here (Vile even drops the lyric "Springsteen... pristine" in one song). However, with the spaced-out vaporous jams of Wakin on a Pretty Daze, it becomes clear that Kurt Vile isn't aiming to ape or even update the canon of classic guitar-based songwriters, but is very much his generation's chapter of the evolution of rock. Easily his most focused and accessible work, Pretty Daze is the strongest so far in a chain of releases that seem to suggest there are even greater heights to be reached. ~ Fred Thomas
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ven a mediation on the uniqueness of snowflakes has stormy, rather than syrupy, feel."
Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "[The album] feels light as smoke, with happily strummed melodies that drift past the eight-minute mark."
CMJ - "He's only gotten more precise and confident as a player, his lush tones achieving an unfussy, ruminative beauty throughout the record's 11 songs."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Even when he's so amiably out-of-focus, Vile's melodies remain vivid, his wander never self-indulgent."
Disc 1
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Wakin On a Pretty Day,Never Run Away [String Synth]
2 KV Crimes,NRA Reprise
3 Was All Talk,Feel My Pain
4 Girl Called Alex,Snowflakes
5 Never Run Away,Wedding Budz
6 Pure Pain,Ghost of Freddie Roach, The
7 Too Hard,(Reprise Reprise)
8 Shame Chamber
9 Snowflakes Are Dancing
10 Air Bud
11 Goldtone
Disc 2
0 DISC 1:,DISC 2:
1 Wakin On a Pretty Day,Never Run Away [String Synth]
2 KV Crimes,NRA Reprise
3 Was All Talk,Feel My Pain
4 Girl Called Alex,Snowflakes
5 Never Run Away,Wedding Budz
6 Pure Pain,Ghost of Freddie Roach, The
7 Too Hard,(Reprise Reprise)
8 Shame Chamber
9 Snowflakes Are Dancing
10 Air Bud
11 Goldtone
Product Attributes
Artist Vile,Kurt
Label Matador Records

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