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Courtney Barnett is having one hell of a year, and with the release of her debut album, it's only just beginning. The Melbourne singer-songwriter is in the midst of a slew of UK tour dates after her jam-packed week of South by Southwest performances. Riding on only two EPs, she was one of the most-talked about artists of the fest. Now, with the release of Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, she'll be one of the most-talked about artists of the year.

The track 'Elevator Operator' kicks things off on a light, upbeat note, but Barnett truly shines on the album's first single 'Pedestrian at Best'. The guitar riff reminiscent of grungy '90s rock reminds us of Barnett's background as a guitarist -- before going solo, she played with Rapid Transit and Immigrant Union, two Australian bands. Aside from her guitar playing, what stands out on the track (and the rest of the album) are her fierce, witty lyrics. Her deadpan delivery balances out the attitude in her biting words, making her unpretentious and unabashedly real. With poignant self-awareness, she's not afraid to tell us upfront: "Put me on a pedestal and I'll only disappoint you."

At least when it comes to her music, she's anything but disappointing. The bluesy 'Small Poppies' is an album highlight from start to finish -- seven minutes later -- both musically and lyrically. She hooks listeners with her bona fide one-liners that ingeniously convey what so many of us are thinking. "Oh the calamity, I want to go to sleep for an eternity," she drawls. "But I'm sure it's a bore being you." Although bold lyrics and driving guitar are Barnett's strengths, she is no less captivating when she shows her softer side, especially on album-ender 'Boxing Day Blues'.

She welcomes the listener into her world of rambling thoughts to the point where you may start to think they're your own. 'Debbie Downer' deals with the classic twentysomething crisis of getting older while 'Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party' highlights another twenty-something dilemma when she sings, "I wanna go out but I wanna stay home."

And like most of us learning what it means to navigate adulthood, there's a part of us that will always yearn for the past, evident by a nostalgic undertone in parts of the album. After all, Barnett says the album title was inspired by a poster in her grandma's bathroom that she used to stare at as a kid.

A theme throughout is the relatable tale of coming to terms with who you are and the mistakes you've made. Barnett's emotional candour on Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit shows us that sometimes she brushes off her mistakes and sometimes she dwells on them -- just like the rest of us.

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