Courtney Barnett, according to her Wikipedia page, found influence from Australian singer-songwriters Dan Kelly and Darren Hanlonu. Her own style, however, it much more in-your-face than either of those guys. This album’s been around almost a year, but we’ve just found it via a suggestion from iTunes. Even though this album has won tons of accolades and even hit #20 on the Billboard 200 list, it got drowned out by the likes of Rihanna and Taylor Goddamned Swift. Maybe it’s Barnett’s glaring lack our Auto-Tune.
The bouncy opening track “Elevator Operator” harkens to Sheryl Crow’s first hit “All I Wanna Do”, but grittier and less “Prince”. The second track, “Pedestrian at Best”, is apathy is a Kinks vibe. “An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York)” also has a British-rock feeling, which makes me feel like she’s more influenced by the Stones than the aforementioned folk singers, although the lead guitar on this track would be at home on an Eels album. Things get even slower with “Small Poppies”, with a sound that brings visions of a young Juliette Lewis drinking a soda in a lonely gas station in the desert. “Depreston” is even more melancholy, with a downer of a twist in the last couple lines of lyrics, and then, BAM!, the pace picks right the hell back up with “Aqua Profunda!” and it stays up until the last two songs on the album. The final song, “Boxing Day Blues”, is most “singer-songwriter” sounding of the bunch.
I love listening to vinyl, but reserve my vinyl purchases for only the special albums that sound good all the way through. I found myself wishing this one were available on vinyl and then discovered – well HELLO – it is available on vinyl! Looks like I’m placing an Amazon Prime order now.
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