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  • Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2018
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Oct 12, 2018
    85
    He is one of the most dependable artists working in indie rock, rehashing old sounds while always pushing the envelope, constantly expanding his artistic approach while never losing his footing.
  2. 85
    Vile had the opportunity, with the success of his previous solo album, to make something completely polished and aim for the stars to just see where he landed. Rather than dialling back the finesse, he could have aimed for his Rumours, his Full Moon Fever. Instead, his eyes seemly firmly fixed on the road, then at the beach and then at the gutter. And it’s a thrill to join him everywhere he goes.
  3. Oct 15, 2018
    80
    Across 80 sprawling minutes, Vile does lose his focus occasionally, most notably on the 10-minute title track, which fails to gain much in the way of traction, and the similarly unremarkable Cold Was the Wind. Still, this is an album to savour.
  4. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Vile’s latest LP has his tastiest playing and his deepest writing.
  5. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    There’s a serious attention to detail here, and that’s kept up for the considerable length of the album.
  6. Oct 12, 2018
    80
    Vile ultimately has such an instinctive facility for melodic logic that behind the shaggy locks and purple haze, there’s a clear-headed, big-hearted songwriter at work.
  7. 80
    This is not always a comfortable bracket for a Kurt Vile song to fit into. When he goes off the deep end though, diving into a vast pool of astral matter as he does on spaced-out closer “Skinny Mini”, it’s a deeply immersive and transporting album.
  8. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    More than just another tapestry of gorgeous guitar-scapes to get lost in, it’s the fullest portrait yet of the human behind that Cheshire Cat grin.
  9. Oct 10, 2018
    80
    Bottle It In calmly addresses rough themes with maturity and elegance. On his seventh solo album, Kurt Vile discards the negativity, generating an affirmative landscape of awareness.
  10. Uncut
    Oct 9, 2018
    80
    However eccentric and laidback his expression, it's as masterfully distinctive as that of any auteur. [Nov 2018, p.35]
  11. Mojo
    Oct 9, 2018
    80
    Kurt Vile's slacker star continues to rise on Bottle It In. [Nov 2018, p.89]
  12. Q Magazine
    Oct 9, 2018
    80
    His seventh album sees Vile cement his place as an artist following his own lead. [Nov 2018, p.103]
  13. 75
    These woozy explorations don’t always result in anything more than a pleasant 10 minutes or so, but taken together, they combine to form one more data point for the argument that Kurt Vile’s artistic trajectory remains, as always, on an upward slant.
  14. Oct 18, 2018
    71
    If at any point you find yourself starting to lose interest, just wait; something good will be along soon to snap you back into head-bobbing bliss.
  15. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    At its best, Bottle It In pairs music with message to create a new tension in Vile’s work.
  16. Oct 12, 2018
    70
    The album’s second half becomes noticeably more lo-fi as it draws to a close, with the band laying down instrumental nebulas into which Vile allows his voice to languidly recline. It’s a hazy ending to a bear of an album, but one that rewards those who stuck with it through the 80 or so minutes.
  17. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    Jeez, it’s long, and there are some missteps, some ill-advised detours, along his peregrinations, but all in all, it’s worth coming along for the ride.
  18. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    Overall, you’re left the impression of an artist genuinely expressing themselves. It may not be his Born In The USA--despite what Vile claims--but Bottle It In ultimately succeeds in its intentions and further escalates Vile’s reputation as part of a rare breed of authentic songwriters. And that’s alright for now.
  19. Oct 10, 2018
    70
    At the core of Bottle It In, the 38-year-old husband and father of two offers his family the comforting illusion of his presence, a chance to hear his voice, and a reminder that they're with him, wherever he may be.
  20. Oct 9, 2018
    70
    Making the most of the various environments where it was recorded, the album feels like a travel diary picked up sporadically along the way. Some entries expand on every thought and some are left half-finished, but these contrasting moods reflect the peaks and valleys of Vile's journey, both literal and metaphorical, in getting to this chapter of his music.
  21. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    Bottle It In does enough to keep himself and his fans happy, but it leaves waiting those of us that wish a bit more from him.
  22. Oct 12, 2018
    60
    Kurt takes a leaf out of Courtney’s book and wears his heart on his sleeve, searching for introspection and delving into his deepest and most personal lyrics to date--about love, loss and everything in between.
  23. Oct 9, 2018
    60
    This affinity for aimless trains of thought applies to the whole of Bottle It In, an album where Vile is quick to conjure up a bevy of interesting images or ideas but struggles to find a compelling way to contain them.

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