Smoke Ring for My Halo

Release date
14 Nov 2011
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Baby's Arms 3:55 57,597
2 Jesus Fever 3:43 118,566
3 Puppet to the Man 3:48 74,531
4 On Tour 5:26 70,346
5 Society Is My Friend 5:39 64,804
6 Runner Ups 3:58 72,328
7 In My Time 3:47 70,284
8 Peeping Tomboy 4:24 0
9 Smoke Ring for My Halo 4:35 58,681
10 Ghost Town 6:07 55,705
11 (shell blues) 0:59 34,430
1 The Creature 5:38 10,790
2 It's Alright 3:40 4,406
3 Life's A Beach 3:48 4,798
4 Laughing Stock 5:43 5,466
5 Downbound Train 5:49 3,973
6 (so outta reach) 4:33 6,132

About this album

Smoke Ring for My Halo is the fourth studio album by American indie rock musician Kurt Vile, released on March 8, 2011 on Matador Records. A deluxe edition was released in November 2011, including the EP, So Outta Reach (2011). The album was released to critical acclaim upon its release, with Mojo placing the album at #12 on its “Top 50 albums of 2011” list, while Uncut placed the album at number 14 and Pitchfork placed the album at number 16. The track “On Tour” is about Vile’s 2010 tour with backing band The Violators, with Vile noting, ” first time the full band could come along. We had kind of a shitty rental van and it was the first time we were all together for that long. At points it was like Lord of the Flies, everyone ready to eat each other up, and then we’re suddenly like best friends again. And we still are best friends.” “Ghost Town” was previously released as “Sad Ghost,” a B-side on the single release of “In My Time.” The song “Runner Ups” contains some of the same lyrics as the song “Red Apples” from the album, God Is Saying This to You…

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  • SrJohnnyCat

    This album is now one of my favorite albums of all time.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • british-rocker

    this is the best album of kurt vile,please one more

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nin___

    One of the best albums of all time.

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Gnalm

    This album has grown on me so much. I hope I never change my mind about how amazing this is...

    22 Jan 2014 Reply
  • JacobWasHere

    Gets better with each listen

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • lfsc25

    It's perfect. Folk like 70s 80s

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • timberford

    This album is the definition of grower.

    17 Sep 2011 Reply
  • arcofdoves

    i didn't hear anything special the first few times, but suddenly this album exploded into a thousand colours in my head. [1]

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Beat_C

    i didn't hear anything special the first few times, but suddenly this album exploded into a thousand colours in my head.

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Ok, I thought it was amazing before, but it's grown on me even more and now I think it's incredible... I can't get enough of it.

    12 Apr 2011 Reply
  • crisdecoeur

    Uh-mazing album, what a gem. Love the voice, love the instruments, just love it all. Best of the year!

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • GothicBowie666

    I agree with you in that Tront but i like it that he ''try something else'' and ''using '' his voice some more at this album, too put it that way

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Tron1276

    I really miss the weird instrumental work and the noisy atmospheres of the earlier albums, but this is really great either way... Bring on more Violators!

    25 Feb 2011 Reply

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