A&E

[Indie Rock]

CD Review: Kurt Vile’s ‘Wakin on a Pretty Daze’

Image

“Don’t worry ’bout a thing, it’s only dying,” Kurt Vile drawls near the start of his latest album, and for the hour that follows, it feels that safe and then some within his musical world.

The Details

Kurt Vile
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Four stars

The Philly native’s third Matador Records LP takes time getting where it’s going—seven of its 11 tracks run longer than five minutes; seven stretch past 7:30—but nowhere does it needlessly noodle. Vile locks into grooves and then nimbly reshapes them, with his warm guitar work and speak-sing-y vocals. And magically, all the while he sounds like he’s barely trying—without ever sounding like he’s trying not to try.

Highlights like radiant opener “Wakin on a Pretty Day,” engaging story-song “Girl Called Alex” and devastating ballad “Too Hard” exist near the junction of Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed, emotional honesty touched with musical mysticism. A career achievement with album-of-the-year potential.

Share
Photo of Spencer Patterson

Spencer Patterson

Spencer Patterson is the Editor of Las Vegas Weekly, having previously served as Managing Editor, Arts & Entertainment Editor and ...

Get more Spencer Patterson

Previous Discussion:

  • Once again, the JustKids studio has curated a striking assortment of murals, with a few eye-popping standouts.

  • A few tips: Bring a water bottle and keep it filled, wear earplugs and be ready to deviate from your itinerary.

  • The sixth LIS fest will feature The Flytraps, Mr. Free and the Satellite Freakout, Snailmate and many more.

  • Get More A&E Stories
Top of Story