• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Apr 9, 2013
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Apr 10, 2013
    85
    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.
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    90
    It's a tough, late-night, soul-searching kind of process that Kurt Vile signed up for here. It's a testament to his talent that he takes it so seriously, but makes it all sound effortless. [May 2013, p.61]
  3. Apr 4, 2013
    90
    The 11 songs collected here are all among the very best of his career, enlivened with a vividness and warmth that offers something new with every repeated listen.
  4. 83
    His fifth one feels light as smoke, with happily strummed melodies that drift past the eight-minute mark. [12 Apr 2013, p.72]
  5. 90
    Its ambrosial melodies and austere instrumentation edify his canon of work, which has long been rewarding for its risky sensibilities and perseverance. Yet that’s what makes Wakin so curious; it’s Vile’s most derivative record to date.
  6. Apr 9, 2013
    85
    On Daze, Vile’s amorphous, ambient drones continue to solidify into sharp shapes with defined edges.
  7. Apr 15, 2013
    82
    Wakin On A Pretty Daze comes into focus with context, though, as does any accomplished record.
  8. With any luck, Wakin On A Pretty Daze will go down as a document to the workman he really is.
  9. There aren't many artists recording today who make songwriting seem more natural and effortless than Kurt Vile.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 3, 2013
    10
    As well as Kurt Vile's infectious songwriting and vocal delivery that charms you with bucketloads of personality, what is most beautiful aboutAs well as Kurt Vile's infectious songwriting and vocal delivery that charms you with bucketloads of personality, what is most beautiful about this record is the production and the instrumentation. The instrumental section in Goldtone, for example, is heavenly the warm vibraphone and hazy percussion give the track such a nice, summery feel. Over all, this record is a masterpiece of production, and succeeds similarly due to Vile himself, who presents himself as a wonderfully engaging singer-songwriter. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2013
    9
    Wakin on a Pretty Daze is Kurt Vile’s follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 release, Smoke Ring for My Halo. I remember reading a KurtWakin on a Pretty Daze is Kurt Vile’s follow up to the critically acclaimed 2011 release, Smoke Ring for My Halo. I remember reading a Kurt Vile review on Pitchfork by Jayson Greene that summed up his music perfectly. When you go to listen to a Kurt vile record, it is like reaching for a glass of water. It isn’t going to blow you away with anything overly sweet, but it is going to be satisfying. That is exactly the analogy I would use for the new album as well. There is something about the way it effortlessly flows through the speakers that sounds so natural and just plain cool. This is a man who is confidently making the music that he wants to make and you get the sense that even if no one was listening, he would still be doing it...

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  3. Apr 21, 2015
    8
    The present King of slacker-rock. Vile's pedigree continues with his lazy, hazy, dazy style of delivery. Tuning into this album is far fromThe present King of slacker-rock. Vile's pedigree continues with his lazy, hazy, dazy style of delivery. Tuning into this album is far from difficult, Vile just draws you in providing chunks of cool, slabs of charisma and bask's you in the warmth of the chilled out vibes. Recommended. Full Review »