Smoke Ring for My Halo
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2011 Ratings: #139 / 895
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
2011 Ratings: #30
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
John Agnello / Producer
Rock / Genres / Website
Your Review


No Ripcord

John Agnello has helped Vile to refine his lo-fi aesthetic and at times Smoke Ring For My Halo sounds nothing short of stunning.


This feels like a family of songs, one whose complexion and course changes as a whole with every spin.


On a whole, Smoke Ring for My Halo works because it has both lilting atmosphere and a rumbling, if trudging, pulse.

Consequence of Sound

The unexpected twists in melody throughout the record nicely balance the more repetitive strains.

Tiny Mix Tapes

The LP marks the first time Vile has seemed utterly unsure of himself.


Where past albums touched upon all manners of influences and genres, Smoke Ring For My Halo seems content to plant its flag into barren soil.

Oct 28, 2014
Late night, rock tales with physical beauty and sharp edges that work individualy and collectively.
Feb 3, 2018
1. Baby's arms 6/10
2. Jesus fever 7/10
3. Puppet to the man 7.50/10
4. On tour 8/10
5. Society is my friend 8/10
6. Runner ups 8/10
7. In my time 5/10
8. Peeping tom 8/10
9. Smoke ring for my halo 9/10
10. Ghost town 6/10
Total 72
Jan 6, 2017
Buen ejemplo de reverb folk (...) con composiciones desiguales, una buena, una mala, y así. A veces muy personal, con mucho estilo, y otras se pierde en terreno de nadie. Para mí lo mejor es su interpretación. Las buenas brillan y las malas las saca a base de carisma, eso y unos arreglos sobrios con los que no es difícil dejarse llevar.
Nov 17, 2014
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Baby's Arms, Jesus Fever, Runner Ups, Puppet To The Man, On Tour, In My Time, Peeping Tomboy, Society Is My Friend
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