Childish Prodigy

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861088721
  • Catalog Number: 10887
  • Sales rank: 51,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hunchback (4:49)
  2. 2 Dead Ali Ve (3:46)
  3. 3 Overnite Religion (5:15)
  4. 4 Freak Train (7:18)
  5. 5 Blackberry Song (3:26)
  6. 6 Monkey (3:43)
  7. 7 Heart Attack (3:09)
  8. 8 Amplifier (4:01)
  9. 9 Inside Lookin Out (6:38)
  10. 10 [Untitled] (4:35)
  11. 11 [Untitled] (2:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Vile Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, 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
Alan Douches Mastering
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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