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

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
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Artist: Courtney Barnett
Genre: Alternative
Label: Marathon

While other young musicians pour their most profound thoughts on to their lyric sheet, Courtney Barnett finds the tedium of modern life more interesting.

The Australian's debut album contains songs about hayfever (Dead Fox), swimming (Aqua Profunda!) and the suburbs (Depreston), all delivered in wry lyrical couplets.

The music is brilliant, too; fans of early noughties garage-pop acts like Giant Drag, Ben Kweller and Brendan Benson have much to admire with buzzy, upbeat songs such as Elevator Operator.

Buoyant melodies are tempered by grungy basslines and an occasional slacker-pop vibe. The closing brace of Kim's Caravan and Boxing Day Blues exhibits a depth and darkness underneath Barnett's droll exterior.

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. She writes about music and the arts for The Irish Times