Smoke Ring for My Halo (LP+MP3)
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Now, the vegetables: While the mega-giant, multinational, homogenizing, bottom-line-only record labels, and the recording industry, as a whole, continue to see revenues decline, and their rosters of hit-making artists shrink, a positive evolution has occurred. To wit: Thousands of artists, who would've been denied a recording deal just a few years ago, now have the opportunity to get their music heard; in many cases, these artists find a niche in which to flourish. I'm delighted that artists whose music would never have seen widespread availability before, now have the resources of hundreds of tiny indie labels. Kurt Vile is one of many beneficiaries of the indie label explosion.
I'd never bought a Kurt Vile album before this one. And, I strongly suspect, Vile and his band would have toiled in virtual anonimity twenty years back, until they each went their separate directions to raise a family and/or work a nine-to-five existence. What a loss for The Universe that would have been. Kurt Vile's voicings, lyrics, and music aren't for everyone, and some will be unable to recognize the lightning-in-a-bottle which is this recording; that's okay with Kurt, I'm sure. And Vile hasn't written his music for consumption by "everybody;" he wrote it as an expression of himself.
But if you're a little introspective-minded, and you can hear with an open mind, maybe you, too, will appreciate what he has to say, and how he says it, identifying and relating components of it to your own life. In my opinion, this is a gem of an album worthy of repeated listenings.
Smoke Ring For My Halo has no climax, it just hypnotically moves on and on, giving voice to all you ever thought or wished to say, yet finding yourself unable to get the vision, tempo, or tenor correct.
Review by Jenell Kesler
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Amazon is selling the reissue with 2nd edition cover art. All copies have a noted pressing mistake. The grooves are tight and there is faint rumbling during playback, pretty much... Read morePublished 7 months ago by andy dick
This album is everything. It's guaranteed to make you feel bittersweet in the best ways.Published 15 months ago by Veegis Philbin
It took a while for me to really appreciate this album. I already liked it at first listen, but I felt it was all just too familiar, even kinda ordinary. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Arnout Koeneman