"Making music is easy/ Watch me!" boasts Kurt Vile near the start of his fifth album, and by the end, after 70 minutes of languid, hazy retro-rock, the claim seems pretty convincing. In actuality, Vile is a self-confessed perfectionist who finds it very difficult to complete a song, and the deeper you delve here, the more minor notes you uncover. Male fallibility is put on trial in Shame Chamber, although Vile seems confident, on Too Hard, that he can pull through as a husband and parent. His most assured record to date, this is also the Philadelphia rocker's most purely pleasurable.
Killian Fox writes about film, music and books, among other things, for various publications including the Observer, where he worked for two years