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Wakin on a Pretty Daze

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
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 à 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2013
  • Label: Matador Records
  • UPC: 744861099826
  • Catalog Number: 10998
  • Sales rank: 27,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wakin on a Pretty Day (9:30)
  2. 2 Kv Crimes (3:56)
  3. 3 Was All Talk (7:41)
  4. 4 Girl Called Alex (6:19)
  5. 5 Never Run Away (3:24)
  6. 6 Pure Pain (5:08)
  7. 7 Too Hard (8:03)
  8. 8 Shame Chamber (4:46)
  9. 9 Snowflakes Are Dancing (3:22)
  10. 10 Air Bud (6:29)
  11. 11 Goldtone (10:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurt Vile Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Slide Guitar, Vibes, Wurlitzer, Guitar (Resonator), Group Member
Jennifer Herrema Background Vocals, Musician
Rob Laakso Bass, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, electronics, Arp 2600, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Tremolo), Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Emily Kokal Background Vocals, Musician
Farmer Dave Scher Melodica, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Musician
Vince Nudo Drums, Musician
Jeremy Earl Percussion, Musician
Stella Mozgawa Percussion, Drums, Musician
Mary Lattimore Harp, Musician
Jesse Trbovich Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Slide Guitar, Group Member
Michael Johnson Synthesizer, Drums, Korg, Musician
Dan Park Percussion, Musician
Alan Pavlios Noise, Musician
Sella M Percussion, Drums, cowbell
Technical Credits
Steve Powers Artwork
Rob Laakso drum machine, Sequencers
Shawn Brackbill Images, Band Photo
Adam Wallacavage Cover Photo
Kurt Vile Composer
Nick Kulp Layout
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