But with an increased profile, the stakes are a bit higher for Childish Prodigy , his first Matador release and a record that offers some noticeable differences in sound and approach from his previous two. About half of the songs here are recorded in the same manner as before-- Vile on his own-- but for the remaining tracks he's brought in his touring band, the Violators, to flesh them out with additional instrumentation, creating some more depth and balance.
The other key distinction is that Vile has opted for a much cleaner sound this time around, mostly doing away with the scuzz coating of past jams though traces of distortion still remain here and there and, as a result, Childish Prodigy feels more straightforward, perhaps even more professional in certain ways.
While I wouldn't criticize anyone for wanting to work outside the confines of lo-fi, it's not always the best look for Vile, as the added sheen draws away some of the charm of his earlier work. Regardless, he displays the same unique ability to tap into the feeling of classic rock-- the familar, comforting quality of that music embedded in anyone who grew up with a radio-- and the best songs here, most of which come during the record's stronger front half, play off that with a punk spirit.
Opener "Hunchback" invites the full band in for some swampy stoner-rock boogie while the janglier, almost country-western "Overnite Religion" locks down a solid, melodic groove. Kurt Vile. Retrieved 5 October Archived from the original on 5 October The New York Times.
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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!