Kurt Vile Keeps It Low-Key with Wakin on a Pretty Daze

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By Steven Hyden on April 3, 2013 11:30 AM ET

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Kurt Vile looks the way his music sounds. Modestly built with weary yet intense eyes obscured by long tangles of stoner-guy locks, he’s a walking mumblecore redux of classic rock. Vile’s excellent 2011 album Smoke Ring for My Halo, his breakout release and fourth overall, begins with a middle-of-the-night ballad called “Baby’s Arms,” where the Philadelphia native talk-sings over desolate guitar-picking and storm clouds of disembodied ambient noise about the sanctity of his baby’s arms. Vile dispenses with lyrical cleverness; his songs are about whatever the titles say they’re about. (Disappointing exception: The new Wakin on a Pretty Daze includes a track called “Air Bud,” where the reference to the sporty canine film franchise is a nonsequitur.) Vile’s songwriting specialty is plausibly articulating the inarticulate inner monologue of a young, sensitive

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