You’ve GOT to Hear This: Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”

Courtney BarnettFirst impressions can often be misleading, dubious, and more often than not, need to be revised over time. Courtney Barnett’s first single, “Pedestrian at Best” from her new album “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” overwhelms the senses with crunchy and fuzzy guitars, momentum-driven drums, and Nirvana-inspired rock. But behind the loud, lo-fi façade are some of the most effortlessly clever lyrics delivered in the Melbourne singer’s signature sing-song style. There is so much going on here—from moments of frustration and self-depreciation to wry and witty word play. Barnett alternates from bold to timid in the same refrain, with one idea flowing to the next in a torrent of stream of consciousness. While the verses are full of self-doubt and existential questions, the chorus is full of raw, punchy, and concise lyrics that set Barnett apart from the rest:

Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you
Tell me I’m exceptional, I promise to exploit you
Give me all your money, and I’ll make some origami, honey
I think you’re a joke, but I don’t find you very funny

Courtney Barnett’s first full-length album, “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit” came out on March 24th in North America.

For our video interview with Courtney Barnett, click here.

Review by Janine Wong

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