PoP RECOMMENDS | THE NEW ROCK N ROLL : COURTNEY BARNETT + KURT VILE – LOTTA SEA LICE

Not the “Kurt and Courtney” of the 90s but certainly this collaborative album between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile is highly evocative of that decade’s alt-rock highs.

To be specific, there’s quite a bit of familiarity with Lotta Sea Live, if one recalls what journos derisively termed “slacker rock” back in the day.

Thus, songs like “Over Everything”, “Fear is like a Forest” and “On Script” are indeed reminiscent of bands like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Silver Jews, Sebadoh, Lemonheads etc in their more looser, placid moments.

If there’s a complaint here, it might be that the music is simply too laidback and never quite quickens the pulse at any moment.

That said, it’s an appropriate chill-out album for the 90s alt-rock set.

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