Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #129 / 919
Year End Rank: #16
User Score
Based on 186 ratings
2011 Ratings: #49
March 8, 2011 / Release Date
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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.

tha138
75
Late night, rock tales with physical beauty and sharp edges that work individualy and collectively.
Ennety
77
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.
OpiesFuneral
84
Midday, late night, sunny summer afternoon, foggy grey dusk...put on this album in any of those conditions and it still fits.
72
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
zaxapitsa
58
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.
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Decade Lists

#78/Pitchfork (2010s)
#82/Paste (2010s)

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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