45 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

From Kendrick to Kacey, the best LPs from the first six months

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Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'
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Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'

We Say: Courtney Barnett is only on her first proper album, but she's already setting herself apart as one of the sharpest, most original songwriters around — at any level, in any genre. The Australian singer-guitarist, 27, is a self-strafing humorist à la Lena Dunham who's also a Dylan-style word ninja, spooling out honest, funny, indelible stories wrung from the everyday stuff even a good novelist might overlook. Her loose, conversational lyrics are full of images you can't shake and characters you need to know more about. You don't just quote a Courtney Barnett song, you recap it.

Learn More: How Courtney Barnett's Thoughts Became 2015's Sharpest Debut

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