Courtney Barnett

Album Title: Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Record Label: Mom + Pop Music
Review by Sal Serio
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Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just SitCourtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

She’s young, she’s Aussie, and suddenly she’s top of the pops in college rock. You didn’t notice the flash in the pan? Right. ‘Cause in this instance I think she’s here to stay. Courtney Barnett, that is.

A solid reason why is the bountiful abundance of attention-grabbers housed on this disc. Media darling? Yeah… for the time being. One hit wonder? No fucking way. More like, FINALLY a new artist with an overflowing bag of tricks, and intellect enhanced by copious amounts of pure FUN.

Much of the fun comes in the form of memorable lyrics: “Her heels are high and her bag is snakeskin / hair pulled so tight you can see her skeleton”, “She looks him up and down with a botox frown / he’s well used to that look by now”, “Give me all your money and I’ll make some origami, honey”, “I was getting dizzy / my hair was wet and frizzy”.

Maybe not overly deep, but rock ‘n roll isn’t rocket science, you know. It’s more about the immediate connection the words and music have with the listener. Who can’t relate to: “I wanna go out but I wanna stay home” (the song title rams the point home further, “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party”)?

Courtney Barnett performs at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, Friday, June 19, with Belle And Sebastian.

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