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  • Artist(s): Kurt Vile
  • Summary: The debut full-length collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile was recorded and mixed by Callum Barter.
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Continental Breakfast
You won't believe what I coulda told ya But I don't believe I've the balls to let you know I can say that 'cause I'm a man But I feel like a little... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    What Lotta Sea Lice lacks in flashiness, it makes up for with enduring tunes and performances that, low-stakes as they are, seem destined to resonate and yield fresh surprises for years to come.
  2. Oct 11, 2017
    85
    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are on top of their respective games on Lotta Sea Lice, and hopefully the magic will not stop at one record.
  3. Oct 9, 2017
    80
    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are brave to make something so gentle, natural and unguarded. They’ve managed to strive for an ideal informed by a real sense of pragmatism, and in the process, they’ve made one of the warmest, good-hearted records of the year.
  4. 80
    The beauty of Vile and Barnett being on such similar wavelengths is that each song would work just fine for either artist individually, but combined, their talents--particularly their vocal harmonies--often amount to a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  5. Mojo
    Oct 24, 2017
    80
    Lotta Sea Lice feels like a happy and deliberate mind-meld, rather than the work of two competing songwriters duking it out knee-to-knee over their guitars. [Dec 2017, p.84]
  6. Oct 13, 2017
    75
    It’s a lovefest in the best way, and a worthy addition to both of their catalogs.
  7. Oct 12, 2017
    60
    As they're both charismatic singers with a way with an elliptical melody, it's pleasant enough, but by the time its 45 minutes wrap up, Lotta Sea Lice feels like a party where the hosts are having a much better time than their guests.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2017
    8
    When it's original, this album truly shines. The only songs that don't quite hold a candle to the original material (Over Everything, BlueWhen it's original, this album truly shines. The only songs that don't quite hold a candle to the original material (Over Everything, Blue Cheese, Continental Breakfast, etc.) are the covers that Kurt and Courtney do of each other's songs (Out of the Woodwork). The covers are not bad by any means, but they all sound exactly like the original version, but with a new singer and don't really present the uniqueness of the other songs off of the album. Other than that this collaboration feels like a natural meeting of two brilliant rock artists and I can only wish for another collab album in the future from Kurt and Courtney. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2017
    8
    As a collab album, it makes sense that two of indie rock's biggest slacker rock stars would collab together. And they do a good job together.As a collab album, it makes sense that two of indie rock's biggest slacker rock stars would collab together. And they do a good job together. Kurt and Courtney (oh snap here comes the conspiracy theories!) have good chemistry together and bounce off each other well on this album, even if it feels more like Kurt's typical alt-country meets indie rock style he is known for. The guitar work is fantastic, each interweaving in and out with effortless ease. While there are parts where the songs do feel like they drag out at times, there isn't anything as tight as the lead off single Over Everything, and I wish more of Courtney's 90s indie rock style is utilized more, it's a solid collab album that makes for nice relaxation music. Or smoke some hash to it. But don't do drugs kids. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2017
    8
    As a huge Courtney fan I pre-ordered the album as soon as I heard about it. Glad to see the album is getting great reviews. Over EverythingAs a huge Courtney fan I pre-ordered the album as soon as I heard about it. Glad to see the album is getting great reviews. Over Everything stands out as a mesmerising mix of catchy and calm. Peepin Tom is perfect. At first I found the rest of the album flat/bland but it's gown on me after listening a couple of times. Expand
  4. Nov 2, 2017
    7
    Since this album had neither an incredibly powerful story nor incredibly unique personal style, building the music on the foundation of justSince this album had neither an incredibly powerful story nor incredibly unique personal style, building the music on the foundation of just being genuine hindered any songs from clicking or delivering anything substantial, but the duo’s overall musicality highlighted by unique arpeggiations and strong harmonic loops made this an enjoyable listen over something that could have been more forgettable. My Score: 126/180 (Good) = 7/10 Expand

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