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Smoke Ring For My Halo
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Kurt Vile
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March 7, 2011

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Kurt Vile returns with his second proper album (2008's Childish Prodigy was a compendium of sorts). Smoke Ring For My Halo is a gorgeously layered record. Ranging from the tender breezy folk in "Jesus Fever" to the tuff urban guitar riff of "Puppet To The Man" Vile's distinctive Philly-accented vocal ties together a sweeping & evocative project - a true American psychedelic folk album. This is no pastoral listening experience however - when Vile sings, "society is my friend: he makes me lie down in a cool bloodbath" he sounds both exhausted and distanced from the ringing harmonics of his guitar and Mike Zanghi's pounding drums. Even the gentler songs, such as "On Tour" and "Baby's Arms" have a distinctly dark lyrical tone. The closest that Vile gets to some kind of acceptance is in the central track, the rueful "In My Time" "I know when we get older, I'm dying, but I got everything I need here now, and that's fine, now... that's fine. Recorded at the Magic Shop by John Agnello, the album is a massive step forward for one of the country's most beloved (not least by other musicians) rock songwriters.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Baby's Arms 3:56 Buy

    Baby's Arms

  2. 2 Jesus Fever 3:46 Buy

    Jesus Fever

  3. 3 Puppet to the Man 3:52 Buy

    Puppet to the Man

  4. 4 On Tour 5:26 Buy

    On Tour

  5. 5 Society Is My Friend 5:39 Buy

    Society Is My Friend

  6. 6 Runner Ups 4:00 Buy

    Runner Ups

  7. 7 In My Time 3:47 Buy

    In My Time

  8. 8 Peeping Tomboy 4:24 Buy

    Peeping Tomboy

  9. 9 Smoke Ring for My Halo 4:35 Buy

    Smoke Ring for My Halo

  10. 10 Ghost Town 6:23 Buy

    Ghost Town

  11. 11 (shell blues) 1:01 Buy

    (shell blues)

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