- Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit is the first full length album from Aussie artist Courtney Barnett, and it’s an immediate classic – choc full of urban poetry wrapped in gorgeous melodies.
- The album is a mix of folk, country and garage rock, with each track different from the others.
- For me, Courtney’s phenomenal musicianship is matched and (somehow) often exceeded by her ability to tell stories. I’ve always been a sucker for a good story, and Courtney delivers in spades.
- Courtney’s lyrics reveal a wisdom beyond her young years when she sings/talks “We all think that we’re nobody, but everybody is somebody else’s somebody” on Kim’s Caravan (a personal favourite on the album) behind a wall of reverb.
- Even Courtney’s forlorn search for a home in Melbourne’s suburbs in ‘Depreston’ provides us with as a witty take on the situation, when she sings about the obscene price of a dilapidated California bungalow in a cul-de-sac, or the ‘drop-in-the-ocean’ effect of saving $23 a week by making her own coffee when a realtor is telling her she could knock down a deceased estate and rebuild…if she had a spare half a million. [For those unaware, the song’s title is a witty take on Melbourne suburb ‘Preston’].
- On ‘Pedestrian at best’, Courtney sings: “put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you”…and while this highlights her self depreciating style, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
- This is an honest album full of earnest musicianship that combines darkly humorous insights into life that will make you want to hit replay as soon as it’s over.