B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

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b'lieve I'm goin down...
Vile seated with a guitar
Studio album by Kurt Vile
Released September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Genre
Length 60:54
Label Matador
Producer
Kurt Vile chronology
It's a Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)
(2013)
b'lieve I'm goin down...
(2015)
Lotta Sea Lice
(2017)
Singles from b'lieve i'm goin down...
  1. "Pretty Pimpin"
    Released: July 21, 2015
  2. "Life Like This"
    Released: September 10, 2015
  3. "I'm an Outlaw"
    Released: July 11, 2016

b'lieve i'm goin down... is the sixth studio album by American indie rock musician Kurt Vile, released on September 25, 2015 on Matador Records. A deluxe edition, b'lieve i'm goin (deep) down..., featuring six additional tracks, was released on the same day.

Produced primarily by Vile and his bandmate Rob Laakso, the album was recorded in ten different recording studios, with sessions often taking place late at night.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA−[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
The Independent4/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork8.4/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin8/10[10]
Uncut8/10[11]

B'lieve I'm Goin' Down... received widespread critical acclaim, gaining an aggregate of 83/100 on Metacritic, indicating universal acclaim [1] and garnered a 'Best New Music' title and was rated 8.4/10 in a review by Pitchfork.[7]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
The A.V. Club The 15 Best Albums of 2015 2015
FLOOD Magazine FLOOD's Best of 2015 2015
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2015 2015
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015
Readers' Top 50 Albums 2015
Stereogum The 50 Best Albums of 2015 2015

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Pretty Pimpin"4:58
2."I’m an Outlaw"4:21
3."Dust Bunnies"4:38
4."That’s Life, Tho (Almost Hate to Say)"6:26
5."Wheelhouse"6:14
6."Life Like This"4:04
7."All in a Daze Work"4:59
8."Lost My Head There"6:55
9."Stand Inside"5:12
10."Bad Omens"2:50
11."Kidding Around"4:27
12."Wild Imagination"5:50

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[18]

  • Gary Burden – art direction, design
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Henry Diltz – cover photo
  • Steve Fallone – assistant
  • Greg Giorgio – assistant
  • Jenice Heo – art direction, design
  • Tommy Joy – engineer
  • Farrah Katina – photography
  • Peter Katis – mixing
  • Andy Kravitz – engineer
  • Rob Laakso – bass, drums, engineer, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mixing, percussion, photography, producer, strings, synthesizer
  • Jenny Lee Lindberg – vocals, backing vocals
  • Kevin Morbey – vocals, backing vocals
  • Stella Mozgawa – drums, percussion, synthesizer, vibraphone, backing vocals
  • Brian Rosemeyer – assistant, assistant engineer
  • Colin Rothwell – assistant
  • Genevieve Schatz – vocals, backing vocals
  • Farmer Dave Scher – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Rob Schnapf – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Katherine Sheehan – photography
  • Justin Smith – engineer
  • Kyle Spence – drums, engineer, percussion, producer
  • Creston Spiers – horn
  • Jesse Trbovich – bass, electric guitar, photography
  • Kurt Vile – banjo, engineer, farfisa organ, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, mellotron, noise, photography, piano, primary artist, producer, resonator, strings, backing vocals, wurlitzer
  • Paul Vile – vocals, backing vocals
  • The Violators – producer
  • Mike Zimmerman – layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 44
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[22] 15
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 99
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 86
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 35
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[26] 26
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 18
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[28] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[31] 25
US Billboard 200[32] 40

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "B'lieve I'm Goin Down... – Kurt Vile". AllMusic. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Everhart, John (September 25, 2015). "Kurt Vile loosens up as he continues his astounding roll". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hughes, Tom (October 1, 2015). "Kurt Vile: b'lieve i'm goin down review – terrific slow-burner from US charmer". The Guardian. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (September 18, 2015). "Kurt Vile, B'lieve I'm Goin Down – album review". The Independent. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down...". Mojo (263): 94. October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (September 22, 2015). "Kurt Vile: b'lieve i'm goin down". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down...". Q (352): 108. November 2015. 
  9. ^ Hermes, Will (September 21, 2015). "B'lieve I'm Goin Down . ." Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ McGovern, Kyle (September 21, 2015). "Review: Kurt Vile Levitates on the Desert-Warmed 'b'lieve i'm goin down…'". Spin. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ Robinson, John (October 2015). "Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down...". Uncut (221): 84. 
  12. ^ "The 15 Best Albums Of 2015". The A.V. Club. The Onion. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ "FLOOD's Best of 2015: Music (#4)". FLOOD Magazine. Anthemic Agency. December 7, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
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