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stream here - http://courtneybarnett.com.au/stream/
"depreston" is fucking great so have quite high hopes for this
Backing is a little generic. Arctic Monkeys circa 2007 comes to mind quite a lot. That said, got tickets for the Leeds gig so maybe it will improve heard live.
but the backing to me has always sounded more like pavement
on first listen there's 3 or 4 belters, "depreston" as previously mentioned and "kim's caravan" are great
I've only heard 'pedestrian at best' but I love it.
They give it 5/5 but the review reads like a 2 or 3/5.
"This entire album is a grower."
rly? I just have not figured where it grows...
Saw her play Depreston live a year ago and it was plain she was moving up a level.
but that's a terrible album title.
And therefore immune from criticism
Still, terrible album title.
but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it"
listened to it 5 or 6 times now, almost as good as the compilation of EPs album she did, 'Kim's Caravan' and 'Small Poppies' off the new on are the two best songs I've heard in a long long time.
Is on point, in my opinion. Takes the album for a small detour from the punkier side and shows Courtney's simple yet excellent songwriting perfectly. This album is really lovely.
Every bit as good as I expected it to be.
It's not easy for 'singer-songwriter' type albums with a simple guitar/bass/drums sound to still be interesting in 2015 but it manages it perfectly - it's smart, cool, funny, moving, thrilling, odd - everything you want it to be.
You can dress up songs with all kinds of carefully built "walls of sound" and "genre-bend" all you like (disclaimer: I enjoy all that sort of thing) but the individuality of one person writing songs will always be one of the best artistic expressions.
Maybe I'm just old and jaded (I'm definitely at least one of those things) but I find an awful lot of singer songwriter stuff passes me by these days.
There have been a few glorious exceptions recently, mostly women for some reason - Courtney Barnett, Jane Weaver, Jessica Pratt etc.
I know she's been getting a bit of hype but isn't the usual singer/songwriter stuff I was expecting.
Weirdly some of the vocal delivery reminds me of Jeffrey Lewis - similar way of building little everyday stories as well I think
I don't think they sound anything like each other, but they have a similar sardonic, conversational, story-telling style.
very addictive songwriter
I mean look at it...
yes it's nothing amazing but i wouldn't let it stop me listening to a quality album, i presume you taking the piss as who the hell doesn't listen to an album because of the artwork?
It's great. But the artwork puts me off getting the vinyl somewhat, plus I find double LPs really problematic
It feels like I've been dying for an album that sounds exactly like this for a long time, and despite several coming out every year, I feel this is the only one that has nailed it for quite sometime. Sort of has that 90s alt/indie rock vibe without sounding stale or aping of other bands... I often finding myself thinking 'yeah this has a lot of what I like about Pavement' as opposed to 'yeah I'd rather listen to pavement, this is just a band trying to sound like pavement' if you know what I'm trying to say (I articulate things really poorly)
Like a lot of good music, it sounds like loads of stuff you like without sounding too much like any one thing you've heard before.
Really, really, really hate it.
Luckily I'm leaving the office instead
we all have to admit that there is nothing particularly new in these grunge-power-pop melodies. And the record is a bit unbalanced - songs like Depreston and Kim's Caravan are truly special, but we have so many others completely forgettable.
but just a tad confused by the 'omnipresent hype' comment? Is this just a London thing, I live in York and she sure has hell isn't getting any press around these parts, has she been all over morning tv? This hype must have passed me by, yes she's getting a few positive reviews from some sections of the indie press but isn't that about it? It's hardly as if she's like Rihanna or Beyonce and you literally can not escape the blanket marketing campaign that precedes every album / single release.
the review on Pitchfork scanned as just another easy pass to a nineties revival act with lyrics that might seem profound if you're, like, nineteen.
badman and all cocks are good barometers, so I reckon I made the right decision.
Actually enjoying it. In theory it should annoy the hell out of me but it's actually really good. Small Poppies is fucking brilliant. Might revise my opinion after listening to the whole thing but so far so good.
They're e tickets from See - states some i.d. Restrictions but I've never been asked re similar tickets. Face value - £22 for the pair.
if that's ok...DM'd you
I absolutely HATED it.
When it was released a few years ago and while the album is good I feel the longer slower songs kinda let it down a bit although the run from Depreston to Debbie Downer is bloody great.
but not a big fan of that video, don't think it really goes with the song.