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Album review: Kurt Vile - 'Childish Prodigy'

A lo-fi treat for the hipster elite

Kurt Vile: the two words conjure images of some hackneyed prick from Hackney Wick rolling around the floor of Barden’s Boudoir carefully cutting his bare torso with razor blades while three bird’s nest-haired morons spaz out behind. Thankfully, though, the arrival of ‘Childish Prodigy’ means these words will now evoke beautiful lo-fi songsmanship: gravelly Eels-esque crunch rock (‘Hunchback’), harmonica-heavy gospel majesty (the Spiritualized-floating-on-the-Mississippi ‘Inside Lookin’ Out’), fuzz-mired blues and even hypnotic kraut. Vile (real name) takes his semantic trickery further this autumn with his backing band The Violators in tow. Fans of whiskey-drenched, feedback-fuddled blues-rock, form an orderly line.

Tim Chester

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