Wakin On A Pretty Daze is the fifth album recorded by Kurt Vile. This album is about the laughter, hardships, pensiveness, and an array of other feelings we all can go through day-to-day. He is able to capture this in 11 songs in a modest and humble manner. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kurt Vile really pushes the envelope with this album composing lengthier tracks that seem like sagas within themselves. Each song is very accessible to any listener and that is what makes this album so popular. He isn’t searching for a new genre or sound, he is simply just moving with the evolution of rock and making his own in what seems to be an effortless way. The lyrical content is very direct and conveys his honest personality well.
The opening title track “Walkn’ On A Pretty Daze” is a 9 minute 31 second track that makes you feel as if you are walking the streets with Kurt Vile. This song really sets the tone for the rest of the album. A long melodic jam with personal lyrics like “wakin on a pretty day / don’t know why I ever go away / it’s hard to explain / my love, in this pretty daze.”
“Pure Pain” is a song that is a showmanship of Kurt Vile’s music skills. Throughout the song he is able to change tempos while making seamless transitions between these changes. “Too Hard” shows Kurt Vile coming for a very honest and sincere place with lyrics like “Take your time / so the say and that’s probably the best way to be / but what about those who are fathers / and what about their daughters? / I will promise to do my very best / …” This song has a pretty guitar picking style to it with electric riffs brushed throughout the song.
“Girl Called Alex” and “Never Run Away” are also must listen to as well. They are catchy songs that leave you whistling these melodies for the rest of the day.
Listen to the album on spotify below.
Buy the deluxe album here at Kurt Vile’s website.