The Pennsylvanian guitar hero is as prolific as he is uneven — he can be very good or superfluous. His sixth album is a summary of everything we love about him: the hyper-relaxed approach, the intriguing riffs, the hushed atmospheres, without forgetting these sprechgesang lyrics, inspired by stealthy moments of disconcerting simplicity. Kurt Vile does not go for spectacular outbursts, he goes for comfort. Everything is just right, groovy and quiet. b’lieve I’m Going Down makes you want to go lock yourself in a basement and listen to vinyl LPs, slouched on the carpet.
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