(watch my moves)

Kurt Vile - (watch my moves)
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2022 Ratings: #162 / 330
User Score
Based on 179 ratings
2022 Ratings: #182
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club
Vile’s sprawling new album captures the magic, loss, and wonderment of being alive.
90
Northern Transmissions
There really is no weak spot on the album, and though it might take awhile to attach special memories to these songs like fans have with his older albums, after a while this one just might prove to be the pick of the bunch.
80
Mojo
Philly's wandering minstrel returns to his roots on epic ninth album.
80
Uncut

There are hints of arena-rock maturity – a splash of atmospheric synth here, a female vocal harmony there — but Vile still prefers to sing about exactly what's on his mind in the order it emerges, with little regard for structure or scansion.

80
Loud and Quiet

His laidback psych is purely him, as natural as it comes. He mentions how he was physically in one place but his mind was travelling; this psychically-powered journey is the tranquil thread which runs all the way through (watch my moves).

80
The Arts Desk

Vile’s mix of indie rock with psychedelia and Americana makes for a welcome escape.

80
NME
On this spacey and sprawling dream-pop adventure, the great modern American songwriter exudes the wholesome, easy charm he’s always held.
80
AllMusic
Sounds will be familiar (even comforting) to longtime fans, but there are so many unpredictable turns and head-scratching moments that Vile ends up taking his music somewhere new by approaching the same kind of songwriting he's been doing since he started from unlikely angles.
80
Exclaim!

With (watch my moves), Kurt Vile possibly creates indie rock's first ambient masterwork, a piece of art that is surprisingly and lovingly languid, even for the king of slack.

80
The Observer
Tuneful to a fault and happily in the moment, the US singer-songwriter’s latest set is an unalloyed delight.
80
Under The Radar
He’s “hip” to everything, but seeking his own brand of freedom, and his ability to connect with so many different influences and filter it all through his own matrix and have it come out like a concoction that is an extension of his person is a sublime artistic gift indeed.
80
Record Collector

On (watch my moves), sticking to what he knows is all the fuel Vile needs for lift-off.

78
Beats Per Minute
We have heard many albums about the pandemic and life within it, but this is more about about life after it; how to pick up the pieces of the lives we had before it and transform them into this new life that just relentlessly goes on. Vile’s music is attuned to the unrelenting progression of life.
77
Paste
On his eighth solo album, a cooped-up Vile alternates between fending off anxiety and finding solace in imagination.
74
Pitchfork
Kurt Vile now builds albums the way other artists might compile demo collections. His latest LP conjures images of dreaming and traveling without worrying where they lead.
74
Sputnikmusic

Watch My Moves is a mess, but it’s often a glorious one.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Ricocheting through the wandering quips and rustic palette of Watch My Moves, Vile resists any temptation to curtail his free-roaming private wilderness, doubling down on the ambling strand of songwriting sure to sate seasoned listeners.

70
Rolling Stone
Laid-back Philly guitar wizard’s ninth album stretches out and gets comfortable amidst the chaos.
70
DIY
For an album winding in length, it doesn’t outstay its welcome; if the jump to a major means more lovingly fashioned breeziness like this, then so much the better.
60
PopMatters

Indie rocker Kurt Vile returns with the sprawling, pondering, post-pandemic jam (watch my moves). Its best moments entrance and enthrall.

60
musicOMH
A constant reassuring presence in a world of flux, nothing much seems to have changed in Vile’s beatific world.
50
Slant Magazine

Kurt Vile’s Watch My Moves is a competently written set, but it’s disappointing to see the artist play it so safe.

Music_Nerds
74

Disclaimer: I hated the first three songs on my first two listens and this review was updated on my third listen.
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Watch My Moves kicks off ridiculously earnest and loungey with enthusiastically playful and non-pretentious keys soundtrack Goin On A Plane Today and it actually made me laugh a couple of times, the brass is a nice touch too.

Flyin’ (like a fast train) is percussive and really endearing in a weird way as you feel as if you can hear ... read more

SnowyFighter
63

I don’t see you moving so why should I watch. In fact you are just sitting. Smh :/

Kurt Coba- I mean Vile. I only have heard a handful of songs by this dude but it’s pretty chill and nice so I decided to give his new record a spin today. And it’s fine. Nothing bad or offensive, just some chill vibes. I think there are definitely some misses but there are also some pretty great songs, even if they are drawn out. Every song on this album literally just takes one idea, and ... read more

Z.Younk
82

New Kurt Vile is such a gift. I wasn't sure about the first three tracks, but after listening to the entire record, it's very much a return to the more laid-back acoustic jamming style of his older records. This very much reminds me of Childish Prodigy or Constant Hitmaker, which I still listen to all the time. He just doesn't have a bad record, period. Our generation's aloof, endearing and likable stoner singer-songwriter, keeping the spirit alive of countless baked-poets of our parents' ... read more

NTTR
62

Kurt Vile - (watch my moves)

Genre: Folk Rock
Country: US

Final Verdict: 62% (Good Album)
Yearly Ranking: 166th / 431

Highlight: Like Exploding Stones

Made me think of:
Kevin Morby
Destroyer
Bill Callahan

Lindszeppelin
81

This album was an absolute dream to listen to. Was very relaxing. If Leonard Cohen, Adam Green (singer), and Mac Demarco had a child Kurt Vile would be it. I loved the textures of instrumentation he brought to this album. Was so so lovely.

User_01
60

I forgor...
I don't know man, this wasn't memorable! needed more time on the oven.

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Added on: February 14, 2022