Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 19, 2013
    Vile’s insight is the relaxed current on which It’s A Big World floats, an unexpected testament to one of the year’s best albums, and a compelling work of its own.
  2. Nov 21, 2013
    It’s a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) has taken Kurt Vile to new heights, proving that his offcuts and extended versions are infinitely better than most bands' singles.
  3. Nov 18, 2013
    What is particularly impressive about the EP is its diversity, without diversion.
  4. 70
    Big World can be counted on to deliver a handful of jangly ditties and ho-hum, dreary interludes that don’t demand much from the listener beyond a slow drag on a cigarette while it spins in the background.
  5. Nov 18, 2013
    This is just the latest in a series of EPs from the Philadelphian, though some may quibble it’s light on original material.
  6. 70
    Comprised of seven outtakes from those [Wakin On A Pretty Daze] sessions, this new EP is another solid dose of heartland paranoia courtesy of Vile and his backing band, the Violators.
  7. 65
    It’s a big world out there is certainly enjoyable, but I’d have been happy to do without the stuff we’ve heard before.
  8. 60
    Kurt’s going for a mirror image of the album here: reimagining some songs (‘Air Bud’ becomes ‘Wedding Budz’), expanding others (‘Snowflakes Extended’), adding reprises and, thankfully, including a brand-new track--the lovely ‘Feel My Pain’.
  9. Nov 18, 2013
    There is less to dig into on it's a big world. To be fair, there are two bona-fide new Kurt Vile songs on it's a big world out there.

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