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Childish Prodigy

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Philadelphia singer-songwriter KURT VILE (yes, that is his real name) makes his Matador debut with "Childish Prodigy." His second album (the first came out on the tiny Gulcher label, vinyl on Woodsist), it is a rich tapestry of rock and folk sounds, occasionally lo-fi, occasionally lustrous, hitting touchstones from Tom Petty to Street Legal-era Dylan to Spacemen 3 to Skip Spence. "Childish Prodigy" is more diverse than its predecessor, and ranges from pounding rockers like "Hunchabck" and "Freak Train" to gorgeous folky numbers like "Overnight Religion" and the soaring trumpet in "Amplifier." This is an absorbing and addictive record with layers and layers of discovery.

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"Kurt Vile has seemingly absorbed a lifetime's worth of FM radio, and the ghosts of Bruce Springstein, Bob Seger, and others glimmer under the surface of his woozy, homemade bedroom pop. --Pitchfork


1. Childish Prodigy
2. Hunchback
3. Dead Alive
4. Overnite Religion
5. Fream Train
6. Blackberry Song
7. Monkey
8. Heart Attack
9. Amplifier
10. Inside Looking Out

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B002KIUKAK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By scott f on February 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Buy this already.

Facts:
1. Kurt Vile is the new revelation.
2. If we all are not aware of Mister Vile via the culture at large within the next year it will be due to a failing of the universe's mysterious workings.
3. You don't have anything better to spend ten bucks on.
4. If you have ears and have not listened to Kurt Vile you are disrespecting Jesus. Jesus gave us all ears so that we could someday hear this music.
5. I was serious about number 3. Quit smoking for two days if you have to. This will more than make up for it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Tonic on October 22, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Specifically, I'd place Childish Prodigy in the same vein as Pete Yorn and Jeff Buckley, with the lyrical style of Bob Dylan and vocals resembling Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

Nonetheless, this album refreshingly strays from the cookie-cutter studio sound that most bands in the "indie" category tend to produce.

Opening track "Hunchback" is the perfect preview for what's to come; a mix of menacing, distorted guitars aligned with different patterns of percussion and keys.

"Blackberry Song" is the perfect, bittersweet driving tune, while "Monkey" reflects why many have compared Vile to Tom Petty, although the keys and structure of this song remind me of tracks by Oasis and The Verve.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas A. Mcclure on January 30, 2011
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This music is great. Kurt's songwritting kinda reminds me of a more spacey Robert Pollard with vocal styling of Iggy Pop and Bob Dylan. This album alternates between fuzz/noise-filled spacey jams or dream pop to intimate fingerpicked Elliot Smith style songs much like 'Constant Hitmaker.' I think this album is slightly better, as a whole than Constant Hitmaker However. BTW for some reason this is great road trip music. made my downstate trip fly by.
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By Terrapin Jess on November 4, 2013
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As of November 2013, this record, being an older in the catalogue, has some of the current live concert staples: Hunchback and Freak Train. If you're a fan of Kurt, pick this up, it has all the bells and whistles you'd expect from Matador records as well. Full color gloss insert and art and download code. Has encapsulated Kurt's lyrical and guitar talents and documents them for your ears.
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By scr1991 on September 11, 2013
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I am a huge Kurt Vile fan. I started to get in to his music when Smoke Ring came out and then I decided to look into his other stuff. This album is really good and definitely worth buying. You should get the vinyl too ;) But, if you buy the CD you get the 2 bonus tracks including "He's Alright", one of my favorites.!
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By N. Kent on January 11, 2013
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This is probably my second favorite Kurt Vile release. The vocals are a little more rough than on his later works, but the music and the creativity is all there. I highly recommend this disc!
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