b'lieve i'm goin down

Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
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Based on 31 reviews
2015 Ratings: #244 / 891
Year End Rank: #25
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Based on 331 ratings
2015 Ratings: #145
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September 25, 2015 / Release Date
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A.V. Club

His sixth album, B’lieve I’m Goin Down…, finds Vile at his most loose and bleary-eyed, with a hazy, vertiginous feel on the darkest and most spontaneous collection of songs he’s released to date.

The 405

No one has told the tale of Kurt Vile except Kurt Vile, and there is a diversity of expression on b'lieve I'm goin down.

That he’s hitting his peak as an artist at a time when rock music of the type he practices is falling out of favor and is becoming just another genre instead of the center of the musical universe only adds to his appeal; this is not an artist concerned with being in step.
Consequence of Sound

It should come as no surprise that follow-up b’lieve i’m goin down… finds Vile continuing to self-deprecate, amble, and sigh, despite the new tier of success. Neither should it be a surprise that all those qualities remain entirely charming.

Pretty Much Amazing

Vile’s music is deeply emotionally evocative, inviting the listener to use their own wild imagination to dissect the shades of joy, sadness, and confusion dotting Vile’s portrait.

The Skinny

That this familiar template still manages to sound so completely compelling is testament to both the malleable nature of his craft and the skill with which it's delivered.


From a purely musical standpoint, Vile’s at his most varied here, dabbling with piano and banjo in places and eschewing the gold-toned guitar that dominated his fifth full-length, 2013’s fawned-over Wakin on a Pretty Daze.


B'lieve I'm Goin Down... is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy.

While 2013’s effort saw some incredible peaks, Vile’s new album has managed to forge a more consistent collection of songs built around simplicity and a shrugged shoulder approach to lyrics.

B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down is a quietly unexpected album. It feels very much like another Kurt Vile album, but close listening—or even not that close—will reveal some serious blues and some complicated dealing with it.

It's a dreamy ride through gloom-tinged nu-Americana.
Delivering his most open, captivating work to date, Kurt Vile draws on the wisecracks of ‘Smoke Ring…’ and the fluidity of ‘Wakin’ to present further growth, thankfully unhindered by the influence of pressure.
Under The Radar

With b'lieve i'm goin down..., Kurt Vile finally has gotten down to the essence of what he's been searching for since the beginning.

The Guardian

Vile has charm, character and imagination enough to elevate his fully reclined, dusty-haze style to something really special.


Much of b’lieve remains mellower and more cognizant than Vile’s previous works, blending organic and inorganic sounds.

No Ripcord

b’lieve i’m goin down is further evidence of Vile’s conclusive authenticity, and his position as one of songwriting’s most understated commodities.

Slant Magazine

Perhaps a bit too reticent for its own good, B’lieve I’m Goin Down still rewards close listening, steadily developing into an album that’s as multifaceted and profound as its mysterious creator.

Rolling Stone
Kurt Vile's most introspective LP is the sound of a guitar hero plumbing existential doubt without wanting to wake the kids.
Drowned in Sound

He makes no huge stylistic leap on the album, but instead allows for an organic refinement of his already unique and provocative style. It’s well aware of its influences, and well aware of itself.


His latest LP is an endearing collection of slow-burning, dreamy arrangements, which find the singer wistfully contemplating the shifting nature of identity.


b’lieve i’m goin down… is a winding hour of self-reflection that can drift by without much impact. But its textured arrangements and Vile’s sneaky wit very much reward close listening.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Just as Kurt Vile the man is being eroded under “Kurt Vile” the homogenized, druggy rockstar, much of the album is eroded under the kind of dusty rock, folk, and Americana that’s been in circulation since the 1970s.
NOW Magazine

Few songwriters’ sonic output is so consistent while also adding depth to a narrow framework. 

Pretty Pimpin' is stellar
This album is the 2010's answer to Jack White. A well oiled blast of blues and folk.
Another Kurt Vile album and at this stage of the game we know what that entails.

This could have done with some editing down to a more manageable size along the lines of 'Smoke Ring' but the fact he's still delivering as much quality material as he is has to be encouraging, it's just you have to commit to quite a ramble to get to it this time.
Kurt Vile starts off “b’lieve I’m Goin’ Down” with arguably his most accessible statement to date in the form of “Pretty Pimpin’.” It’s a highly enjoyable and replayable folk rock jam that uses humor to make a fairly jarring message go down more easily. Thus launches into an hour where Vile continues to establish his claim as the most laid-back guy on the indie block. He’s enjoyable company, often funny and certainly good at what he ... read more
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Track List

  1. Pretty Pimpin
  2. I'm an Outlaw
  3. Dust Bunnies
  4. That's Life, tho (almost hate to say)
  5. Wheelhouse
  6. Life Like This
  7. All in a Daze Work
  8. Lost my Head there
  9. Stand Inside
  10. Bad Omens
  11. Kidding Around
  12. Wild Imagination
  13. B'lieve I'm Goin Down
  14. Bad Omens (No Faders)
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