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Kurt Vile:American Genius?

21 Jun

I’ve been trying to figure out if Kurt Vile is a genius all week, because while I certainly liked Childish Prodigy, finally taking time to sit down with Smoke Ring From My Halo has told me that he very well might be one. Critical comparisons with Tom Petty didn’t seem so apt until I heard this release. Part of the greatness of this album comes in the form of a production and tone that resembles Full Moon Fever and Learning to Fly era Petty, but his lazy slurred vocals and assured swagger keep the album rocking even at it’s most mellow. There’s none of that indie “we’re oh so deep and epic” attitude that has spread like a plague through a multitude of “rock” releases. These are just random thoughts I felt like mentioning, I’m not doing a full review.

But, since some of you like a good review here it is.

Check this album out, it is one of the best of the year thus far. Easily. Kurt Vile is an American genius who might be able to finally kill synthesizers dead with austerity and acoustic guitars.

There review over.