Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Critic Score
Based on 35 reviews
2013 Ratings: #66 / 1057
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 422 ratings
2013 Ratings: #42
Liked by 4 people
April 9, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
kurtvile.com / Website
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Easily his most focused and accessible work, Pretty Daze is the strongest so far in a chain of releases that seem to suggest there are even greater heights to be reached.


It’s a testament to Vile’s songwriting ability that, despite clocking in at over an hour, your attention never once wavers.

Consequence of Sound

Its ambrosial melodies and austere instrumentation edify his canon of work, which has long been rewarding for its risky sensibilities and perseverance.


Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Vile's fifth album, is the product of both thought and effort. That it feels like it took neither thought nor effort is a product of talent.

Beats Per Minute

For all the intense work that no doubt went into capturing Wakin On A Pretty Daze‘s newly widescreen sonics, the moments that manage to make it special still feel so entirely off the cuff. 


On Daze, Vile’s amorphous, ambient drones continue to solidify into sharp shapes with defined edges. While he was always a contemplative songwriter, Vile’s lyrics are now more ponderous and worldly rather than navel-gazing. 


Wakin on a Pretty Daze breezes past like a Klonopin dream, and radiates an easy confidence that is as rewarding to return to as a melody.

The 405

For all its accessibility it remains a remarkably restrained work, and the lengthier songs manage not to overstay their welcome, thanks to the straightforward performance of Vile's backing band, who give the music what it needs and nothing more, creating songs which ebb and flow beautifully


His music is a vessel of sorts, a book penned from Vile’s subconscious and written for our experiences, so that we can live his music the way he does.

The Fly

Despite its length and moments of lyrical self-loathing, ‘Wakin…’ neither bores nor depresses. Vile lets us gaze into his soul so we can wallow in his easy-drifting, unquantifiably miffed genius.


Mostly, ‘Wakin On A Pretty Daze’ shows Kurt Vile’s determination to make something of that slice of genius he got for free.

No Ripcord

Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze strikes with a gust of pent up emotions, a trailblazing record that openly affirms a personal accountability for self without slipping into heavy-handedness.

Drowned in Sound

Wakin' on a Pretty Daze is one of those rare examples of an artist’s uninhibited self-indulgence resulting in an LP which plays firmly to their strengths.

Under The Radar

Daze demands time in order to fully appreciate it, promising new discoveries with successive listens. The little intricacies buried in the songs keep them rewarding and fresh

Pretty Much Amazing

With Wakin On A Pretty Daze, Vile has added another seemingly effortless 70 minutes’ worth of straightforward, easygoing golden tones to his consistent discography.


It’s easy-going and charming, without ever having the focus or intensity to be insightful, definitely not a life-changing album, but potentially a life-affirming one.


Vile sounds refreshed on some of these songs, made new again, and while that’s invigorating to see in a career that’s harvested so much from alleged indifference, a brighter songwriting style gives Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze a surprisingly conflicted sound.

What a trip. So many fantastic folky, extended psych experiences to dive into. Especially "Was All Talk". That song is so fun
Idk If it's his "must hear album" as they put it on this site, but it's his most instantly accessible maybe.
A calm and lush folky rock record. The vibe here is so infectious, I just wish the album was less padded and more concise.

Best Track: Pure Pain
Worst Track: KV Crimes
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Goldtone, Shame Chamber, Waking On A Pretty Day, KV Crimes, Too Hard, Was All Talk, Air Bud, Pure Pain, Never Run Away, Girl Called Alex
"Wakin on a Pretty Day", the opening (and kind of title) track, is one of the most engaging songs Kurt Vile has ever released. It's the kind of piece that listeners can sink into and get lost in. The rest of the album, "Goldtone" especially, carries on this quality as well. This is an immersive and intensely heartfelt album, as good, if not better, than the one before it. What else is there to say?
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Track List

  1. Wakin on a Pretty Day
  2. KV Crimes
  3. Was All Talk
  4. Girl Called Alex
  5. Never Run Away
  6. Pure Pain
  7. Too Hard
  8. Shame Chamber
  9. Snowflakes Are Dancing
  10. Air Bud
  11. Goldtone
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Added on: February 11, 2013