Spin - "'Lost My Head There' stands out not just as the longest piece on the 12-track LP, but also the lushest, coating its piano strut with rippling sound effects and subtle horns that swell and dissolve..."
Spin - "[The album] sounds even more loose-limbed than its already-tranquil predecessors -- a subtle shift that relies on Vile's aptitude for melody every bit as much as its stripped-down aesthetic."
Magnet - "His midnight rambles on this ho-humming tome of lowercase sapience could just as easily inspire a cult as lullaby a crib..."
Mojo (Publisher) - "The work of a singular artist coming into his own."
NME (Magazine) - "His latest LP is an endearing collection of slow-burning, dreamy arrangements, which find the singer wistfully contemplating the shifting nature of identity."
Paste (magazine) - "[Vile] includes subtle odes to other influences, like the lyrical nod to Sam Cooke's 'Wonderful World' in the Wurlitzer-laden 'Dust Bunnies' and his Bob Dylan-esque intonation on 'Wild Imagination.'"
Pitchfork (Website) - "The essential quality of his music is no different, but the banjo picking draws out a bit of folkiness, and piano shifts things slightly from capital-R Rock to singer-songwriter territory."
Personnel: Jenny Lee Lindberg, Genevieve Schatz, Paul Vile, Kevin Morbey (vocals).
Audio Mixers: Rob Laakso; Peter Katis; Rob Schnapf.
Recording information: Mant Studios; Pink Duck; Rancho de La Luna; Ronniejonesound; Studio 4 West; The Redroom; Thump.
Photographers: Jesse Trbovich; Kurt Vile; Rob Laakso; Katherine Sheehan; Farrah Katina.
Kurt Vile scored a genuine word-of-mouth hit with his fifth album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, its elongated rambles conjuring hazy half-memories of Laurel Canyon while feeling uniquely situated to modern confines. B'lieve I'm Goin Down..., released two years after that 2013 breakthrough, whittles away some of the excesses while retaining eccentricity, trading ten-minute sprawls with six-strings for woozy five-minute vamps on a piano. Electric guitars aren't entirely absent but they're used for coloring -- arriving unexpectedly as a wash of distortion or perhaps a bit of percussion -- on a record anchored by acoustic guitars and banjos. Such instruments may suggest B'lieve I'm Goin Down... is an exercise in introspection, another exposed nerve from a sensitive singer/songwriter, but Vile often favors feel over form, so this unfolds with the logic of a dream, details falling into a place so subtly they're felt, not heard. Often, B'lieve seems simple, rolling along with fingerpicked rhythms or barroom piano, and while it's certainly emotionally direct -- and, occasionally, musically direct too, nowhere more so than on the opening sequence of "Pretty Pimpin," "I'm an Outlaw," and "Dust Bunnies," a trilogy of precision that eases into a shifting stoned daydream -- B'lieve I'm Goin Down... is an impeccably arranged album beneath its soothing, sleepy surface, with every element assisting in an illusion of deep, shimmering, and alluring melancholy. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine