Courtney Barnett - 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

9/10

For the last couple months, we have been infatuated with the Courtney Barnett sound. Having built up her own credentials as a background member in a number of rock bands down under, Barnett started her own label Milk! Records back in 2012 and ever since, she has incapsulated the DIY approach to music making, which has lead on to her first solo studio release. 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit' takes on the early Pixies guise of grunge rock and with her own laid-back, almost sprechgesang style of singing, has managed to create one of the most engaging and brilliant records we have heard this year.

With just the slightest hint of surf-rock and psychedelica mixed in with her guitar-ridden music, Courtney Barnett's own personality is what really makes this album stand out from the crowd. Her sense of humour and light-hearted take on relationships is what makes this full-length such a joy to listen to, as she effortlessly brushes off her own personal issues and transforms them into a wonderful collection of uplifting pop-rock ditties.

With a huge list of 90s influences like Sleater-Kinney, Violent Femmes and Pulp coming through on this record, you do get a real sense of what Barnett has been looking to create and it never falters once. Each track is as likeable as the last and will make for a great summertime listen when the sun finally comes out.

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