50 Best Albums of 2013


Kurt Vile, 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze'

Kurt Vile, 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze'
Courtesy Matador Records

The fifth LP from the resplendently mellow Vile is a beautiful sinkhole of meditative guitar mysticism. The meandering tunes roll along on craggy, ambling licks and the wisdom gleaned from whiling away his days in a "shame chamber" — quite contentedly, it would seem, judging by how pretty these songs are.

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