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Watch My Moves

Kurt Vile

Watch My Moves

Ninth solo studio release by American slacker-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist

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  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Vile’s sprawling new album captures the magic, loss, and wonderment of being alive
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  2. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    There really is no weak spot on the album, and though it might take awhile to attach special memories to these songs like fans have with his older albums
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  3. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Kurt Vile possibly creates indie rock's first ambient masterwork, a piece of art that is surprisingly and lovingly languid, even for the king of slack
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    On this spacey and sprawling dream-pop adventure, the great modern American songwriter exudes the wholesome, easy charm he’s always held
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Constant hitmaker or beautiful waste of time: like all great alchemists, Kurt Vile proves you can be both. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Far from reining it in on his major label debut, he's stretching out even further. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   All Music

    The sounds will be familiar (even comforting) to longtime fans, but there are so many unpredictable turns and head-scratching moments that Vile ends up taking his music somewhere new by approaching the same kind of songwriting he's been doing since he started from unlikely angles
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  8. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Utilising psych-warped synths, breezy instrumentals and elements of classic rock, this meditative record feels like a guide to Vile slowing down
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Vile’s mix of indie rock with psychedelia and Americana makes for a welcome escape
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    The 14 originals and a seven-minute cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wages of Sin” hit all the right buttons
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  11. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    While the album sprawls at 74 minutes, the individual tracks stay sharp. His homages to other artists, meanwhile, enhance the sense of an artist who knows where he’s at, even when the headspace is hazy
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  12. 7.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    We have heard many albums about the pandemic and life within it, but this is more about about life after it; how to pick up the pieces of the lives we had before it and transform them into this new life that just relentlessly goes on. Vile’s music is attuned to the unrelenting progression of life
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  13. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    On his eighth solo album, a cooped-up Vile alternates between fending off anxiety and finding solace in imagination
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  14. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Kurt Vile now builds albums the way other artists might compile demo collections. His latest LP conjures images of dreaming and traveling without worrying where they lead
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  15. 7.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Watch My Moves is a mess, but it’s often a glorious one
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  16. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Laid-back Philly guitar wizard’s ninth album stretches out and gets comfortable amidst the chaos
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  17. 7.0 |   DIY

    Unquestionably one of Kurt’s easier-going records
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  18. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Vile resists any temptation to curtail his free-roaming private wilderness, doubling down on the ambling strand of songwriting sure to sate seasoned listeners
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  19. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Indie rocker Kurt Vile returns with the sprawling, pondering, post-pandemic jam (watch my moves). Its best moments entrance and enthrall
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  20. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    A constant reassuring presence in a world of flux, nothing much seems to have changed in Vile’s beatific world
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  21. 6.0 |   Upset

    If you need a bit of escapism, '(watch my moves)' is what you’re looking for
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  22. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Kurt Vile’s Watch My Moves is a competently written set, but it’s disappointing to see the artist play it so safe
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