First 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