Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2011 Ratings: #133 / 990
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 218 ratings
2011 Ratings: #50
Liked by 3 people
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
kurtvile.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.

84
Pitchfork

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

70
PopMatters

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

70
Consequence of Sound

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

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

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

50
musicOMH

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.

ElectricMess
80
It’s 12:30 A.M. and I’m just lying in my room listening to this for the second time in a row. I could praise the wonderful guitar playing or the hazy, stream-of-consciousness writing, but really what I think it comes down to is just pure vibes. Perfect for slipping in and out of consciousness.
ShoegazeJake
80
Come on now, sit down and let Ol’ Kurty lick ya a tune.
OpiesFuneral
84
Midday, late night, sunny summer afternoon, foggy grey dusk...put on this album in any of those conditions and it still fits.
tha138
75
Late night, rock tales with physical beauty and sharp edges that work individualy and collectively.
Tom Simmons
90
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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