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  • Summary: The fourth full-length from the Philadelphian songwriter showcases his ability to weave stories and strings together with his lyrical craftsmanship – comparable to Tom Petty and Bob Seger – and guitar-playing skills.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    90
    Smoke Ring For My Halo might not be for everyone, but it will definitely find a wider audience than anything else in Vile's catalogue.
  2. Mar 7, 2011
    84
    Whether he's channeling the energies of John Fahey or Tom Petty or even Bob Seger, Smoke Ring makes clear that the end result is his alone.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    In an age where angst is delivered with the subtlety of a laser light show, it's nice to hear some good, old-fashioned, smokin'-and-drinkin'-cheap-beers-on-the-porch-with-your-friends-style pessimism.
  4. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    A personal, private fourth LP from the Philadelphia native and select pals.
  5. May 24, 2011
    80
    It's a record with a folky, sometimes psychedelic edge, but it's never self-indulgent or less than focused. In fact, Smoke Ring for My Halo is persuasive evidence that Vile has come fully into his own as a songwriter and musician.
  6. Mar 14, 2011
    75
    It's easy to see Smoke Ring being remembered as the stepping stone to a transcendent piece of work in Vile's discography.
  7. Mar 8, 2011
    50
    For its circuitousness, there's always been a lean, mean backbone to the guy's writing; even his most bored-sounding toss-offs came wrapped in barbed wire. Here, he just kinda sounds bored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    10
    Album of the Year. The production on songs such as Runner Up's and On Tour is phenomenal. An album to introduce your friends to, and live the songs sound even better with his trademark drawl. Expand
  2. May 29, 2011
    7
    Whilst mostly impressive, there are moments of overwrought weariness that portray a self piteous, almost precious characteristic that Vile can't help but reveal. That said, such self absorption often guides the listener to the complexities of the new millennial stoner/strummer, and one can forgive the odd soul searching moment because overall the rewards outweigh the negatives. http://hackskeptic.com Expand

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