Album Review: Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

courtney_barnettCourtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Indie Rock | Alternative

83%

This Australian rocker has certainly made an attention grabbing debut. It’s not the music, most of the songs are rather simple affairs (although ‘Small Poppies’ and ‘Kim’s Caravan’ have some impressive psychedelic solos). Nor is it the vocals, whose deadpan delivery can be an acquired taste. What really shocks, confuses and fascinates about the album is Courtney’s lyrics. The songs focus around some downright bizarre themes, including being mistaken for someone who is suicidal on ‘Elevator Operator’, trying to impress someone at a swimming pool on ‘Aqua Profunda!’ and house hunting on the album’s highlight ‘Depreston’. She has the power to make the mundane extraordinary, to make the daft profound. The album is definitely a grower, and may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you give it time to get under your skin it is well worth listening to. The wry humour, the glorious imagery and wordplay, the straight faced delivery all give the album a quirky, refreshing feel. On the lead single ‘Pedestrian at Best’ the disjointed, rapid-fire lyrics often threaten to fall into chaos before order is restored by the memorable chorus. “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you”… I for one am willing to take that chance, this excellent debut has certainly earned her one.

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