Smoke Ring For My Halo
Vile’s second album is quieter than his debut Childish Prodigy. He’s still tough, still snarling, and still laid back. But now this all sounds different. He’s older, confident, and happy. The brilliant “In My Time” says as much. There is kindness now, a gentleness, and love, for his sister, his girlfriend and for the world. And he has seen more of the world. “Peeping Tomboy” makes that clear. When he finds a scene where he admires the tomboy, but knows he’s not wanted, he splits.
Vile’s guitar playing could be compared to Leo Kottke. He has the same sense of fun and adventure as Kottke, but Vile’s playing is more thoughtful, solemn and, in spots, wiser. Most of this album is Vile solo acoustic. When his band the Violators show up, the rock they produce is muted, and that is perfect here. Taking all three together, this album is wonderful. It’s a big step forward for Vile, and a thrill to listen to. [www.myspace.com/kurtvileofphilly]