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  • Summary: This is the second album for the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Vile’s second full-length is notable for accomplishing a difficult feat: balancing a willful lack of self-control with a disciplined, oddly ascetic compositional approach.
  2. He for sure knows enough that this sound lives and dies by its honesty, and that Childish Prodigy is just that, just an honest album, the best he could have made now, the best of its kind for a long long time. More please!
  3. Childish Prodigy is split between drunken caterwauling and quiet hangover-recovery sessions, and both sides of the spectrum are fantastic.
  4. Vile seems to find his best inspiration in the album's valleys rather than its peaks.
  5. The music is what stands out. Vile has no problem bringing any of his talents across--steady-handed, Appalachian-inflected psychfolk reels, doe-eyed wisecracker vocalese.
  6. Under The Radar
    70
    Prodigy is packed to the gills with indelible hooks and insidious melodies. [Fall 2009, p.60]
  7. Throughout, a messy æsthetic attempts to cover up pop sympathies--or simply proves that dissonance and sweetness needn't be kept in their separate corners.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 20, 2013
    10
    Found out about Kurt Vile a week ago. This album has been going on repeat since then. Great solid album. It's great for browsing the web superFound out about Kurt Vile a week ago. This album has been going on repeat since then. Great solid album. It's great for browsing the web super high on some kush.
    Full score from Norway!
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  2. Sep 4, 2019
    5
    While Kurt Vile does the best what he does and does have a unique sound, this album really did not do the trick for me. Even though this albumWhile Kurt Vile does the best what he does and does have a unique sound, this album really did not do the trick for me. Even though this album does have few amazing songs like "freak train", the other songs makes me feel like this album is a drag. It's not bad, but it's the peak for Vile for sure. Expand