Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. There aren't many artists recording today who make songwriting seem more natural and effortless than Kurt Vile.
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    82
    Wakin On A Pretty Daze comes into focus with context, though, as does any accomplished record.
  3. With any luck, Wakin On A Pretty Daze will go down as a document to the workman he really is.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Apr 9, 2013
    85
    On Daze, Vile’s amorphous, ambient drones continue to solidify into sharp shapes with defined edges.
  7. 83
    His fifth one feels light as smoke, with happily strummed melodies that drift past the eight-minute mark. [12 Apr 2013, p.72]
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 8, 2014
    9
    Wakin on a Pretty Daze is an album with long ten minute at the most tunes that remind you of clear blue skies and bright summer mornings, and with a bit of soft rock combined here and there. So the question we must ask is, why must we leave such a refreshing and uplifting album such as this? Full Review »
  2. 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 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 »
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    10
    I joined this website just to write a review for this record. Top notch songwriting from beginning to end, first rate production, and endless creativity and attention to detail. It seems effortless and bland at first, but Wakin' On A Pretty Daze rewards you further with every listen. I haven't heard a better record since Destroyer's Kaputt. This record WILL BE a classic some day. So get ahead of the times and some day you can tell your children you knew of Kurt Vile before Rolling Stone actually gave him a good review. I'm in love with every second of this beast. It's good to be alive. Full Review »