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Recorded in a number of studios across the US, the troubadour nature of the album's genesis lends it a patchwork (not patchy) quality: a laidback groove (Dust Bunnies), perhaps inspired by the late Lou Reed, gives way to warm acoustic finger-picking (That's Life, tho) and flows on to the tactile drum brushwork of Wheelhouse and the off-kilter rhythmic accents of Life Like This.
• Kurt Vile. b'lieve i'm goin down. Matador.
• Four stars (out of five)
Single download: Pretty Pimpin
For those who like: Wilco, A. A. Bondy
- Shane Gilchrist