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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Australian indie singer-songwriter.
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Pedestrian At Best
I love you, I hate you, I'm on the fence, it all depends Whether I'm up or down, I'm on the mend, transcending all reality I like you, despise you,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Mar 27, 2015
    100
    Somehow, the Australian singer-guitarist has made something fresh out of everyday vignettes performed on everyday instruments (guitar-bass-drums). She sounds like she's day-dreaming out loud instead of singing, but she's deceptively incisive as a lyricist. Her guitar-playing, while never particularly showy, can be subtle or scalding.
  2. 91
    Sometimes I Sit and Think is in conversation with the likes of Marvin the Album and “Supernova,” Brighten the Corners and “Malibu,” Mellow Gold and “About a Girl.” The dream of the 90s is alive in Courtney Barnett. And with Sometimes I Sit and Think, it’s just been fully realized.
  3. Mar 23, 2015
    90
    Sometimes I Sit is not just tighter and more cohesive as it should be, but it’s a more confidently proficient work as well.
  4. Mar 23, 2015
    80
    We already know she’s good--but Sometimes… moves Barnett’s own story along with the easy percolation of one of her own songs, better produced and more varied than its predecessor.
  5. Jul 28, 2015
    80
    The kind of details she hones in on are so easily overlooked, but often the most jarring. Sometimes... begs you stop to sit and think about them for a while.
  6. Mar 24, 2015
    80
    An existential crisis has never sounded like so much fun as it does in Barnett’s songs.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 19, 2015
    60
    Barnett doesn't quite equal this deadpan reportage [as Avant Gardener on 2013's A Sea of Split Peas] but navigates similar terrain in charming style. [Apr 2015, p.88]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    This album is so chill. I love it. Courtney Barnett is a refreshing new artist. Music is alive and well. This has been a good year for music.This album is so chill. I love it. Courtney Barnett is a refreshing new artist. Music is alive and well. This has been a good year for music. Life is good. Expand
  2. Jun 5, 2015
    10
    I am a bit late to the party, but it is so amazing to see Courtney's progression from her first attempts. Remember when Cobain said "I justI am a bit late to the party, but it is so amazing to see Courtney's progression from her first attempts. Remember when Cobain said "I just wanted to sound like the Pixie's?" Courtney takes that sound and adds such complex thought and aggression, she makes me wish I had it when I was her age. Wow. I get to see her in Minneapolis and New Orleans. Lucky. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2015
    10
    Alternative rock never sounded so alternative. Courtney Barnett is, of the new artists I have heard in the last year, my favourite, by far.Alternative rock never sounded so alternative. Courtney Barnett is, of the new artists I have heard in the last year, my favourite, by far. Her music is so simple but crunchy and fun, and her lyrics talk about normal things like they are things worth writing about, but without sounding too arrogant or simplistic. I like her style and her vibe, she is indifferent but at the same time truthful. Expand
  4. Jun 23, 2015
    9
    Impressive debut! After I heard Dead Fox for the first time, I decided to listen to the whole album and I knew where I was heading towards.Impressive debut! After I heard Dead Fox for the first time, I decided to listen to the whole album and I knew where I was heading towards. It's a great indie album that kinda reminds me of Pixies (For example, An Illustration Of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York) reminds me of Here Comes Your Man) as it has a great vibe, style & lyrics. I think she will be around for a long time in the music industry and I definitely looking forward to her new projects. For all indie fans, go buy this album now. You will not regret it. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2016
    9
    A summary of idle nothingness. Barnett's lyrics speak to the lazy and her riffs are creative and catchy. There's a dry comedy about herA summary of idle nothingness. Barnett's lyrics speak to the lazy and her riffs are creative and catchy. There's a dry comedy about her observations delivered with a range of snarling hits and almost apologetic self-deprecation. Indie music has a very special songwriter on its hands. Expand
  6. Apr 6, 2017
    8
    Imagine the talk-singiness of Bob Dylan mixed with the emotion of Kurt Cobain... there ya go... in lamens terms of course. Courtney is one ofImagine the talk-singiness of Bob Dylan mixed with the emotion of Kurt Cobain... there ya go... in lamens terms of course. Courtney is one of the most unique vocalists in modern music Expand
  7. Jun 14, 2015
    6
    Courtney is such a damn clever lyricist. There are neat little one-liners and quirky storytelling abundant throughout this album. It'sCourtney is such a damn clever lyricist. There are neat little one-liners and quirky storytelling abundant throughout this album. It's simultaneously aimlessly mundane in it's everyday observations, yet poised and weirdly profound in it's humdrum nature. I don't find the instrumentation quite as appealing, however. The garage/alt rock aesthetic is limited, and grows stale fast, some tracks turning me away in spite of their fantastic lyrical content sheerly because they bore me on a musical level. If others can look past this limiting factor (as they seem to have) you're in for a pleasant and diverting, yet provoking listen. Expand

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