Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #144 / 951
Year End Rank: #16
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Based on 205 ratings
2011 Ratings: #49
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
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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.

Late night, rock tales with physical beauty and sharp edges that work individualy and collectively.
It took some time for this album to grow on me as it is my introduction to Kurt Vile, but I love it. I love his voice and his great songwriting.
Midday, late night, sunny summer afternoon, foggy grey dusk...put on this album in any of those conditions and it still fits.
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
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
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Track List

  1. Baby's Arms 
  2. Jesus Fever
  3. Puppet to the Man
  4. On Tour 
  5. Society Is My Friend 
  6. Runner Ups
  7. In My Time 
  8. Peeping Tomboy 
  9. Smoke Ring for My Halo 
  10. Ghost Town
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