Let’s address the elephant in the room here. Yes, Courtney Barnett is dressed as a sad clown that everybody hates that’s wearing a badge that says “Clown of 2013”. Her enormously heralded combined 1st and 2nd EP won the praise of the world came out in 2013, and she was shot from local hero to upstanding musical representative of Australia. Do we have any Sherlock’s in the room who would like to take a stab as to what this might possibly signify?
For those still in the wave of euphoria known as “New Courtney Barnett!!??”, the chorus blatantly screams, “Put me on a pedestal, and I’ll only disappoint you/Tell me I’m exceptional, I promise to exploit you“. You could have just ingested forty blocks of uranium, and you’d still understand what she was getting at.
Let’s make it clear: Courtney Barnett is fucking sick, and this song is no exception. If anything, it shows her getting angrier and tougher than she’s been before, and the thrusting, rugged guitars spindling out of control pave the way for Barnett to shout and scream like any normal person who’s had to put up with Melbourne weather would.
And that’s why we, or at least I, am in love with her. Her normality and forever groundedness is what makes her so appealing to make the people’s champion, especially combined with her exceptional ability to rip the spleen off a guitar. Anyone trying to add pyrotechnics and strippers to Courtney Barnett’s performance is going to be disappointed, because they’ve clearly missed the point. Australia’s got its own rockstar, and she’s fine the way she is, kicking arse a million times more so than Poison ever did.
Her debut album, ‘Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Other Times I Just Sit’ comes out March 23rd. Fuck. Yes.