Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Alternative pop/rock with a touch of performance art
Most recent release, Lotta Sea Lice (with Kurt Vile, 2017); most recent solo release, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)
Courtney Barnett herself admits she's not the greatest vocalist ever. She's got a rather rough voice, and often she half-speaks the lyrics. THe tunes are fine alt rock, but not terribly innovative. So what is it about her that's so engaging? The witty songwriting and the straightforward way she presents her music and the Dylan-rant slice-of-life lyrics. The fun rhymes. Many of her songs are utterly irresistable, and feel like she's caught something about contemporary life that other singersongwriters haven't. (Neile)
Recommended first album:
2014—Mom + Pop
This album is a great introduction to Courtney Barnett's music, but only "Avant Gardener" and especially "History Eraser" (both such brilliant songs) have the absolute engaging power of Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. I could listen to "History Eraser" over and over. And have. (Neile)
2015—Mom + Pop—MP221-2
Courtney Barnett—guitar, vocals
Dave Mudie—drums, percussion, vocals
Courtney Barnett, Burke Reid, Dan Luscombe
One of my favourites of the year. My two favourites on the album are "Pedestrian At Best" and "Dead Fox." How can anyone resist lyrics like "give me all your money / and I'll make some origami, honey"? I guess the answer is, not me. Give it a listen. It's delightful. (Neile)
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