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Format: CD
Sku: 255961591
UPC: 744861099888
UPC 14: 00744861099888
Release Date: 11/19/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
0. DISC 1:
1. Wakin On a Pretty Day
2. KV Crimes
3. Was All Talk
4. Girl Called Alex
5. Never Run Away
6. Pure Pain
7. Too Hard
8. Shame Chamber
9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
10. Air Bud
11. Goldtone
Disc 2
Song Title
0. DISC 2:
1. Never Run Away [String Synth]
2. NRA Reprise
3. Feel My Pain
4. Snowflakes
5. Wedding Budz
6. Ghost of Freddie Roach, The
7. (Reprise Reprise)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: John Agnello.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Adam Wallacavage; Mandy Lamb.
Muze PNote 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

Engineer: John Agnello; Ted Young

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Songs Of Aloha (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Spectacular Now (osc)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/18/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 10998
Music Label Name Label : Matador (record label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00744861099888

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)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Even when he's so amiably out-of-focus, Vile's melodies remain vivid, his wander never self-indulgent."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Vile,Kurt
Product attributeLabel:   Matador Records
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