Wakin On A Pretty Day
Kurt Vile's fifth album is the ultimate American road-trip soundtrack: It's as sprawling as the interminable highway, as smooth and hypnotic as cruise control. But the singer-songwriter's path is constantly curving in unexpected directions, so you won't even realize how easy -- and how fun -- it is to get lost. The guitars, which seemingly multiply with each pluck, nimbly waltz around his sleepy drawl as he reflects on life as a maturing family man: "I will promise to do my very best for you/ And that won't be too hard," he proclaims, and he ain't lying. This is an effortless stunner.