Live review: Courtney Barnett @ Electric Ballroom, 10/04/2015
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★★★★☆ There’s something reassuring in a singular artist like Courtney Barnett selling out a two night stint at the Electric Ballroom. It shows that enough people’s ears, minds and souls are functioning well enough to be beguiled by the weaving, lyrical wonders that form her exceptional debut. With that record hitting the 20 both sides of the Atlantic and her frank, self-deprecating odes to modern life painting pictures that few lyricists can manage, it is no surprise to find a packed out venue and a palpable sense of anticipation. The finely tuned power-pop of Spring King only adds to the excitement, and they definitely slot into the ‘ones to watch’ category for any fans of bouncy, fun indie-rock tunes. For many in the crowd, this is the first time witnessing Barnett in the live arena having been drawn here by the witty, observant lyrical content of her latest effort. What unfolds is a rocked-up, rougher round the edges performance that the polished production of her album would not have suggested.
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