Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Courtney Barnett: "Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit" (album review)

The race for best album of 2015 just added another contender.  Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Think, the new album from Australian rocker Courtney Barnett is a tour de force from start to finish.

The beauty of Barnett's music is the result of the mostly-'90s influences that she blends together.  Weaving Alternative Pop, Grunge, blues, and Art Rock she creates a truly unique and fresh sonic quilt.



The guitar work is impeccable.  On "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" Barnett manages to create a fiery scene without ever being out of control.  Be it the delightfully flailing "Pedestrian At Best" (with 'I'm good for nothing' lyrics straight out of countless Grunge songs) or the mellow blues of "Small Poppies", which builds slowly to an inevitable collapse, Barnett's work here is on point.

She's not above tossing in some sweet hooks either.  "Dead Fox" is a slick cut, while "Debbie Downer" will evoke your longing for prime Liz Phair.  The quirky "Aqua Perfunda!" has a vibe that is equal parts Apples In Stereo and Wild Flag.

The only misfire is the lengthy "Kim's Caravan".  The atmospheric noodling is nice as an experimental piece, but it doesn't really fit among the rest of the highly-polished gems.

You won't even get through the entire album before realizing that Courtney Barnett has totally blown you away.

Courtney Barnett plays the WayHome Festival on July 24th.

Best tracks:" Pedestrian At Best", "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party"

Track listing for Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit:
  • Elevator Operator
  • Pedestrian At Best
  • An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless In New York)
  • Small Poppies
  • Depreston
  • Aqua Perfunda!
  • Dead Fox
  • Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party
  • Debbie Downer
  • Kim's Caravan
  • Boxing Day Blues
8.5/10

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