Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party


No, they really don’t. You can go out or you could stay home, and it will mean nothing to anybody but you. The dilemma is all in your head. Courtney Barnett really gets it, though. She gets the tiny, monumental things that occupy our minds. Her songs have the rhythm and logic of an internal monologue, because that’s what they are. She’s said that she writes as a way of dealing with compulsive overthinking, and makes a  point of trying to make the minutest mundane things poetic. She is, very easily, the most impressive songwriter in recent history, an artist whose appearance on the scene spurred a ‘where have you been all my life?’ welcoming disbelief. And that was even before she made an album and became everyone’s most superlative. A career spanning decades is hers to claim or blow.

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