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Lotta Sea Lice

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Lotta Sea Lice

First collaboration album between the slacker rock singer-songwriters

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  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Let’s hope this long-distance musical friendship continues far, far beyond this one record
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    They sound like they’ve been doing this together for years
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  3. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    By eschewing ambition in favor of intimacy, the album is both comfortable and comforting
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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    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
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It stands as one of the best collaborative rock albums in recent years
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  6. 8.0 |   The Music

    A record just full of ragged charms
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  7. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    As they sing of eccentric experiences on Untogether, they couldn’t be more unified
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Kindred spirits are on charming, kooky form
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  9. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The perfect tonic for a hot-headed world
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Pure magic—a brilliant concept that actually delivers, making it one of the more enjoyable rock records of 2017
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  11. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A powerful testament to the possibilities offered up by a genuine creative friendship
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Feels like two old friends getting together for coffee
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  13. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s a wonder that these two performers hadn’t thought to enter the studio together until now
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  14. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Barnett and Vile have managed to perfectly sync up their idiosyncrasies; Lotta Sea Lice is a joyful, ambling product of two connected creative minds
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  15. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Just tremendous fun
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  16. 8.0 |   The 405

    Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett might not change the world or your life with their music, but it sure does help pass the time
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  17. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Droves of indie singers have strived to appear aggressively lethargic ever since Pavement weaponized slackerdom in the mid-90s, but few are as convincing in their sangfroid as Kurt Vile or Courtney Barnett
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  18. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Endearing, not only because of the quality of music, but the touching warmth that’s put into the project
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  19. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Two song writers not only exploring what they can do, but also why they do it. Print edition only

  20. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    A testament to how two artists can finish each other’s sentences even as they live worlds apart
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  21. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    It’s a lovefest in the best way, and a worthy addition to both of their catalogs
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Like buddies at the bar, or a 2 a.m. text thread. They make each other feel better
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  23. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    As they close with a stunning cover of Belly’s Untogether, it’s difficult to be cynical about something this utterly charming
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  24. 7.0 |   Clash

    Doesn’t seem like too much a step down from the superb ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think…’ and ‘b’lieve i’m goin down…’ that had us all so captivated back in 2015
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  25. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    A quintessential stopgap album, Lotta Sea Lice sees Barnett and Vile cruising throughout, strumming along to easygoing songs and enjoying the other's company
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  26. 6.6 |   Gig Soup

    Do not expect this album to blow your head off, instead rejoice in it’s simplistic coolness
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  27. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s just that, as with many side projects, it might have made a much better EP than it does an album
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  28. 6.0 |   The Observer

    High hopes not quite met
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  29. 6.0 |   Q

    This is an almanac for the chronically inert. Print edition only

  30. 6.0 |   All Music

    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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  31. 6.0 |   Earbuddy

    Go into it expecting two songwriters making music for themselves, not pushing themselves out of their own comfort zones, but happily wallowing in them
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