Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Album of the Week: Kurt Vile "Wakin On a Pretty Daze" (2013)

It’s difficult to think about “Walkin on a Pretty Daze” in specifics.  There are lots of general things that can be said.  It’s an updated version of classic rock, with the primacy of the album experience over that of the single.  It’s evocative and moody; more of an atmospheric statement than one beholding to pop structure.

Its strengths – the atmosphere and mood—work against specific analysis of the songs themselves.  Vile’s commitment to the same tempos and arrangements mean that the songs tend to blend together.  My mind drifts as the music sets in.  This is a feature, not a bug.  The experience of listening is like that of being enveloped in a warm cocoon.

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