Best Albums 2015: Courtney Barnett - 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.'
Thu, 24 Dec 2015 10:37:36
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There are a lot of reasons why we're happy to hop on the Courtney Barnett bandwagon like everyone else. First off, she's a true D.I.Y. success story. Following a series of short EPs released on her own label, Milk!, and years of touring and gigging, this year the 28-year-old Australian is up for a Grammy—Best New Artist—based on the strength of her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit., released via her own indie imprint (stateside it's Mom + Pop).
Blipping the radar of Recording Academy overlords is something that usually takes independent artists much longer to do, and when they do it usually brings those bands a huge sense of recognition. Barnett has shrugged off the nod with true indie swagger, saying she doesn't know who fellow Grammy competitor Meghan Trainor is, and telling NME, "I've never followed the Grammys."
All of which bolsters her "I-did-it-myself" cred, and takes us to our next reason why we love her: This album rocks really, really hard. From the get-go there's a sense this is her album, that she lives in this collection of coming of age, existential barn burners like opener "Elevator Operator" and the album's first single, "Pedestrian at Best," pensive, down tempo ballads like "Depreston" and "Boxing Day Blues," and straight ahead rockers like "Dead Fox" and "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party."
With a genuine exuberance for the craft, and raw, expressive energy that recalls the likes of Liz Phair and Art Brut, Barnett has crafted a deserving contender of Grammy status, whether she likes it or not.
Watch "Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party" from Courtney Barnett:
Listen to Courtney Barnett discuss her song song "Depreston" with Song Exploder:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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