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Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m goin down…

by Samuel Provost-Walker October 13, 2015
Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m goin down…

Kurt Vile – b’lieve I’m goin down… (Matador, 2015)

Steeped in melancholy and embracing a more sober sound, Kurt Vile’s b’lieve I’m goin down… is a fitting album to close out the summer season. While Vile’s signature lackadaisical approach to folk rock is still intact—his lyrics at times resembling a blasé word salad—the psychedelia has been diminished in favour of a more immediate sound. Although the immediacy does little to hide his exhausted songwriting template—even treading dangerously close to self-plagiarism on “Kidding Around”—Vile and his band bring forth a new dimension to their jam-based songs by increasing the repertoire of instruments. “Lost my Head there” is stunning, its bright keys signalling a sunny reprieve before bursting into the album’s most inspired arrangement. It’s these moments that make b’lieve I’m goin down… come to life.

Trial Track: “Lost my Head there”
7/10

 

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