Courtney Barnett is a 24-year-old singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, who releases her debut album here in the form of a summary of two EPs released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. From the very beginning, the Australian reminds us of Liz Phair in the 90s and her grandiosely staged feminist answer to the Stones opus "Exile On Mainstreet", "Exile In Guyville" due to the charming combination of Schrammel electric guitar and consciously bored looking vocals. Barnett is also a gifted storyteller whose stories are not only reminiscent of Phair but also of the New York anti-folk scene, from which Adam Green and Jeffrey Lewis, among others, sprang. Unfortunately, she does not use this gift consistently, and so the songs on which she tells amusing and sad stories of hanging out, drinking and loving are clearly the better ones. If, on the other hand, their lyrics refer to commonplaces, the music is not so much fun either. Nevertheless: For a debut "A Sea Of Split Peas" is an amazingly sovereign and even more funny and thoughtful work.
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