Three albums in, few people really knew or cared who the fuck Kurt Vile was – and then came March, when this beautifully gloomy slice of “epic folk” (his words) parked itself in the canon of classic American songwriting, turning its creator into a longhair antihero for generation meh. To come to be talked about in the same breath as Bob Seger, Tom Petty and – most fittingly – Bob Dylan in less than a year is epic in itself. More epic still are the songs that carried him there, from the snotty fuck-you of the Lou Reed-esque ‘Puppet To The Man’ to the ‘Goo’-era Sonic Youth stylings of ‘Society Is My Friend’. But it’s ‘Baby’s Arms’ that propelled it so high in this list. A disaffected doom ballad that kicks at the world yet craves comfort at the same time, it’s as tender a love song as any of his heroes could have written. Not bad for a chain-smoking dropout from the badlands of Philadelphia. MW
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