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Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Debut album from the Melbourne indie rock singer-songwriter

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Marathon Artists / Mom & Pop Music
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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Gentle, subtle, poignant, Barnett is almost crooning as she talks disappointment and expectation, and she has a photographer’s eye for detail when it comes to the otherwise mundane
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    Make no mistake - this is a debut like few others
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  3. 9.5 |   Beardfood

    Her potent Aussie accent over the top of the fuzziest of guitar noise (and some damn good grooves) is a marriage of a formless, functionless fun
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    It’s Barnett’s approach that’s so compelling, relentlessly unspooling verses, laden throughout with earworms
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  5. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Barnett is a phenomenal musician, but she’s an even better storyteller
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  6. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Without sounding labored, she creates an impeccably honest world rife with humor, self-deprecation, and heartbreak
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  7. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    For those who aren’t willing to follow Courtney Barnett all the way as she goes on the rest of a twisting, turning path that’s uniquely her own, that’s their loss, not hers
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  8. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Sometimes is the work of probably the best lyricist writing today, and roundly deserves to be an album for the ages
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  9. 9.0 |   The Music

    Barnett has shrugged off the pressure and stuck to her guns with compelling results
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  10. 9.0 |   All Music

    There are no frills here but there is a distinct, compelling voice evident in Barnett's songs and music alike
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  11. 9.0 |   Spin

    One of the most thrilling albums you hear this year
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  12. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    One of the most compulsively listenable albums to come out so far this year
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  13. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    No one is better than Barnett at crafting unforgettable songs from seemingly mundane subject matter
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  14. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Barnett has blossomed into a singular talent, articulating what it means to be young and restless in 2015. The surprise may be just how universal she can make that feel
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  15. 9.0 |   Gig Soup

    Expect unforgettable lyrics, raucous guitar and a variety of genres. No wonder everybody’s going crazy for this album
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  16. 8.6 |   Pitchfork

    A young songwriter who is smart but not intellectual, humble but not wimpy, into the past but not theatrical about it, aware of her feelings and aware of how too many feelings makes everyone bored
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  17. 8.5 |   The 405

    She'll be one of the most-talked about artists of the year
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  18. 8.0 |   The FT

    Set to crunchy and grungy music, the excellent lyrics are recited by the Aussie singer in a laid-back sing-speak
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  19. 8.0 |   Q

    Combines droll observations with poignancy. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   Clash

    Whether she sits and thinks or sits and does nothing, it would appear the results are still golden
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  21. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A debut album with such massive appeal
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  22. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Although Sometimes I Sit and Think is musically straightforward, Barnett doesn’t need anything more to tell great stories
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  23. 8.0 |   FasterLouder

    The perfect album for this point in her career. It’s rakishly loose and likeable but also devastatingly poignant
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  24. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    This one’s a keeper
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  25. 8.0 |   NOW

    A stellar, necessary batch of smart rock songs
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  26. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Buoyant melodies are tempered by grungy basslines and an occasional slacker-pop vibe
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  27. 8.0 |   NME

    She might not want a pedestal, but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it
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  28. 8.0 |   State

    A step up sonically for Barnett, a fleshed out embodiment of her already fully realised vignettes
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  29. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Barnett will have to get used to the critical acclaim coming her way
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  30. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Better produced and more varied than its predecessor
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  31. 8.0 |   Time Out

    Charming and ironic, bored and anxious, disillusioned but hopeful: Barnett captures those millennial complications and contradictions like nobody else
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  32. 7.9 |   Earbuddy

    Barnett recognizes the tedium of normal life, but still finds a way to revel in the everyday
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  33. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Barnett doesn’t want to be put on a pedestal, but the beautifully rendered, poetic observations on Sometimes I Sit… might just put one under her anyway
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  34. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    A likeable, enjoyable album rather than a great one
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  35. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Barnett’s is a music one can turn to whenever: it’s comfortable, familiar, fits many sizes and moods
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  36. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Beneath Barnett’s nasal Australian tones, raw guitar riffs and more delicate, reflective sounds combine to great effect
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  37. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    While debut albums are rarely perfect, you can't help but feel this one could benefit from some stringent quality control
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  38. 6.0 |   Mojo

    With the charisma of her voice she remains a conspicuous talent. Print edition only

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