Lotta Sea Lice

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Lotta Sea Lice
Barnett and Vile seated with guitars
Studio album by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
Released October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
Recorded January 4, 2016 – March 8, 2017[1]
Studio Newmarket Studios in North Melbourne
Genre
Length 44:33
Language English
Label Matador, Marathon Artists, Milk!
Courtney Barnett chronology
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
(2015)
Lotta Sea Lice
(2017)
Tell Me How You Really Feel
(2018)
Kurt Vile chronology
B'lieve I'm Goin Down...
(2015)
Lotta Sea Lice
(2017)

Lotta Sea Lice is a collaborative studio album between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, released on October 13, 2017, on Matador, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records. The album has received positive critical reviews.

Recording[edit]

Barnett and Vile announced that they had jammed together and decided to go on a mutual tour on June 7, 2017.[4] They announced the release date and lead single "Over Everything" on August 30.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[10]
Mojo4/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork7.6/10[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
The Times4/5 stars[14]
Uncut8/10[15]

The album received three out of five stars from AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine, who praised some of the performance and fun of the album but concluded, "As they're both charismatic singers with a way with an elliptical melody, it's pleasant enough, but by the time its 45 minutes wrap up, Lotta Sea Lice feels like a party where the hosts are having a much better time than their guests."[2]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
BBC Radio 6 Music Albums of the Year 2017 6[16]
FLOOD Best Albums of 2017 2017 9[17]
Fopp Best Albums of 2017 2017 3[18]
Paste 50 Best Albums of 2017 2017 5[19]
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2017 2017 15[3]
Rough Trade Albums of the year 2017 2017 35[20]
Uncut 75 Best Albums of 2017 2017 8[21]
MOJO Top 50 Albums of 2017 2017 16[22]
Uproxx Best Albums of 2017 2017 19[23]
Piccadilly Records Top 100 Albums of 2017 2017 28[24]
Noisey 100 Best Albums of 2017 2017 29[25]
Drowned in Sound Favourite Albums of 2017 2017 86[26]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Over Everything" (Kurt Vile) – 6:19
  2. "Let It Go" (Courtney Barnett) – 4:33
  3. "Fear Is Like a Forest" (Jen Cloher) – 4:47
  4. "Outta the Woodwork" (Barnett) – 6:21
  5. "Continental Breakfast" (Vile) – 4:53
  6. "On Script" (Barnett) – 3:59
  7. "Blue Cheese" (Vile) – 4:37
  8. "Peepin' Tom" (Vile) – 4:14
  9. "Untogether" (Tanya Donelly) – 4:50

Personnel[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

The duo assembled a backing band called The Sea Lice composed of Janet Weiss, Stella Mozgawa, Rob Laakso, and Katie Harkin, with Jen Cloher as an opening act for all dates.[4] The artists donated $1 from every ticket sale to the American Civil Liberties Union.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[27] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 26
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[29] 89
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 92
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[31] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 89
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[33] 75
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 36
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[35] 12
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[36] 39
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 8
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[38] 69
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 11
US Billboard 200[41] 51
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[43] 10
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[44] 4

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Lotta Sea Lice – Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile". AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  4. ^ a b c McLevy, Alex (June 7, 2017). "Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Made an Album Together, Are Going on Tour". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ Barsanti, Sam (August 30, 2017). "Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile Finally Announce Their Joint LP, Lotta Sea Lice". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett". Metacritic. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Modell, Josh (October 13, 2017). "Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ Brown, Eric Renner (October 19, 2017). "Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett's Lotta Sea Lice is a low-key triumph: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (October 12, 2017). "Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice review – kindred spirits are on charming, kooky form". The Guardian. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ Kane, Siobhan (October 12, 2017). "Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice – two lo-fi hearts beat as one". The Irish Times. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ Segal, Victoria (December 2017). "Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice". Mojo (289): 84. 
  12. ^ Berman, Stuart (October 12, 2017). "Courtney Barnett / Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ Dolan, Jon (October 12, 2017). "Review: Great Indie Talkers Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett Have Conversational Collabo". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
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  17. ^ "FLOOD's Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
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  19. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Paste Magazine. November 27, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Albums of the Year 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-02-17. 
  21. ^ "Uncut's 75 Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  22. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  23. ^ "Uproxx's Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  24. ^ "Piccadilly Records' Top 100 Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  25. ^ "Noisey's 100 Best Albums of 2017". Album of The Year. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  26. ^ "Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2017". Drowned in Sound. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
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  31. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  32. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums – SNEP (Week 42, 2017)". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  33. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
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  36. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  37. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  38. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  39. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
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  42. ^ "Courtney Barnett Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  43. ^ "Courtney Barnett Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  44. ^ "Courtney Barnett Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

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