Childish Prodigy

Childish Prodigy

by Kurt Vile
     
 

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Don't judge a book by its cover. Kurt Vile's long-haired hippie appearance may suggest West Coast roots -- even though he's actually a Philadelphian -- but his sound comes straight out of the underbelly of the Big Apple. With a slack-singing style reminiscent of Lou Reed or Alan Vega, and his vocals doused in

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Don't judge a book by its cover. Kurt Vile's long-haired hippie appearance may suggest West Coast roots -- even though he's actually a Philadelphian -- but his sound comes straight out of the underbelly of the Big Apple. With a slack-singing style reminiscent of Lou Reed or Alan Vega, and his vocals doused in slap-back reverb, the songs on Childish Prodigy shift between gritty numbers driven by guitar fuzz and steady ballads backed by one-key baritone drones. If this sounds a bit derivative of the Velvets, well, it is and it isn't. Vile and his backing band the Violators are knowledgeable students of the CBGB school of rock, circa Son of Sam, but just when you think you have them pegged as leather-clad street hoodlums on "Freak Train," a shuffling Roland 707 groove topped with a distortion wall and tense yelps ("I've never been so insulted in my whole life! Shit!"), they double back the other way with the mellow, fingerpicked circles of "Blackberry Song." The '70s New York scene makes up a big chunk of this album, but Vile's unique as a visionary with his own sound and a wide range of voices that turn from rambunctious to innocent in a blink. Childish Prodigy is split between drunken caterwauling and quiet hangover-recovery sessions, and both sides of the spectrum are fantastic. The band's spirit is captured perfectly, courtesy of Jeff Zeiglar's open-sounding recording style, and the indie underground rarely seems this fresh and free.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861088721
catalogNumber:
10887
Rank:
46013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurt Vile   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Piano,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Sampling,electronics,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Guitar (Baritone)
Michael "Mike Dee" Johnson   Korg
Mike Z   Percussion,Drums
Mikele Edwards   Background Vocals
Adam Granduciel   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Sampling,electronics,Fuzz Guitar,Guitar (Tremolo),Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

Richard Hell   Composer
Dim Stars   Composer
Jeff Zeigler   Producer,Engineer
Boyd Shropshire   Artwork,Art Direction
Kurt Vile   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum machine,Art Direction
Adam Granduciel   Producer,Engineer

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