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Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

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Courtney Barnett

2015

I noticed this album kept popping up on several best-of lists for 2015, so I listened to their single “Pedestrian At Best’ on YouTube a few weeks ago and liked what I heard.  I then proceeded to listen to the album in its entirety and was pleasantly surprised that it was pretty good.  I didn’t think it was great, just pretty good, refreshing, and pretty darn catchy to boot.  Then, over the next few days, I kept noticing that several songs from this album were apparently, somewhat strangely stuck in my head.  Some in a good way, some in an annoying way.  Confused, I started listening to this album even more, and like all great albums, it became more rewarding with repeated listens.

I’m really not into the whole singer-songwriter thing, but I have to admit something good when I hear it.  There’s really nothing bad on this album, and practically all the songs are catchy, but not in a disgustingly poppy type of way (granted they certainly have a pop appeal, but it’s done tastefully).  I like Courtney Barnett.  She seems like a down to earth, sarcastic slacker, which is actually a pretty good description of my personality.  So it makes sense that I like her style, but she’s also got the musical chops as well.  While no guitar virtuoso, she knows how to play the blues (“Small Poppies”), displays genuine emotional depth (“Depreston”), and really brings the light-hearted but crunchy punch on most of the other songs, all of which are of pretty high quality.  In a nutshell, more so than any other album I’ve discovered in 2015, this one is frequently stuck in my head the most.  Good stuff.

8.5

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