AOTY 2018
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2017 Ratings: #119 / 715
Year End Rank: #47
User Score
Based on 239 ratings
2017 Ratings: #190
October 13, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

What Lotta Sea Lice lacks in flashiness, it makes up for with enduring tunes and performances that, low-stakes as they are, seem destined to resonate and yield fresh surprises for years to come.

90
The Line of Best Fit
Understatement is what the record rests on, and it makes for an endearing listen.
90
Loud and Quiet
Even over simple harmonies and finger-picked guitars there’s a richness to the songs, and for all the organic, candid, just-jammin’ vibes, it’s meticulously arranged. They sound like they’ve been doing this together for years.
85
Northern Transmissions

With a shared knack for humorously musing upon the world around them, however pedestrian the moment may be, and with an equal way with words as with a fretboard, Lotta Sea Lice proves that Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are a perfect match.

85
Paste
By eschewing ambition in favor of intimacy, the album is both comfortable and comforting. While Barnett and Vile don’t travel far from their established sounds in their collaboration, the sum of their contributions yields fresh results.
85
Under The Radar
This is a record that indie-rock fans could only dream about, a combination so natural it is a wonder it never happened sooner. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are on top of their respective games on Lotta Sea Lice, and hopefully the magic will not stop at one record.
83
Consequence of Sound

Barnett and Vile’s chemistry together is undeniable, and not only does Lotta Sea Lice sound as fun to listen to as it must have been to make, but it stands as one of the best collaborative rock albums in recent years.

80
musicOMH
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are brave to make something so gentle, natural and unguarded. They’ve managed to strive for an ideal informed by a real sense of pragmatism, and in the process, they’ve made one of the warmest, good-hearted records of the year.
80
PopMatters

Barnett and Vile have drawled and noodled their way into a 2017 album standout with their debut duo effort, Lotta Sea Lice.

80
The Guardian
Although the pairing of these two wonderfully languid singer-songwriters could have ended up too hazy, their mutually dreamy, drawling styles complement each other perfectly.
80
Exclaim!
At the heart of the best bands is a sense of collaboration and togetherness, and on their first record together, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile explore those themes through intertwining vocals, endless vibes and grooves and, of course, tons of guitars.
80
American Songwriter

Lotta Sea Lice fits in comfortably alongside either artist’s discography.

80
Drowned in Sound

Lotta Sea Lice won’t totally slake the thirst of the pair’s individual fanbases for new solo work, but what it does do is see them bring out the best in each other. It’s a powerful testament to the possibilities offered up by a genuine creative friendship.

80
God Is in the TV
I urge you to be please patient with this one. It’s a real slow burner, and quite delightful lyrically.
80
The Skinny

Barnett and Vile have managed to perfectly sync up their idiosyncrasies; Lotta Sea Lice is a joyful, ambling product of two connected creative minds.

80
The 405

Although Lotta Sea Lice didn’t exactly live up to it’s potential and hype, the end result is still something to be reckoned with; a fascinating and balanced attempt at perfecting the concept of the collaboration album.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Droves of indie singers have strived to appear aggressively lethargic ever since Pavement weaponized slackerdom in the mid-90s, but few are as convincing in their sangfroid as Kurt Vile or Courtney Barnett.
76
Pitchfork

Lotta Sea Lice is a testament to how two artists can finish each other’s sentences even as they live worlds apart.

75
A.V. Club
It’s a lovefest in the best way, and a worthy addition to both of their catalogs.
70
Slant Magazine
What the album lacks in ambition or surprise, it makes up for as a showcase of the two artists' chummy chemistry and lovably droll personalities.
70
Rolling Stone
Here are two great indie-rock songwriters getting together to spool out autumnal guitar prettiness and converse about life, art and whatever. As collaborators, they're a perfect match.
70
Clash
As collaborations go, this one is pretty much a no-brainer, and the fruits it bears are predictably pleasing.
70
No Ripcord

Rather than forcing themselves to take risks, Vile and Barnett both produce straightforward songs that are earnest and endearing odes to friendship. With any other protagonists this project could become sickeningly twee, but Vile and Barnett deliver every lyric, no matter how ridiculous, with absolute sincerity.

66
GIGsoup
Do not expect this album to blow your head off, instead rejoice in it’s simplistic coolness.
60
AllMusic

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.

scott96k
72
How many times will the word 'chemistry' come up in the reviews for this album
WildChameleon
76
A charming album but lacks of stellar moments !
74
If either Courtney Barnett or Kurt Vile released "Lotta Sea Lice" as their next major LP, it would be a disappointment. Luckily, "Lotta Sea Lice" was billed more as a fun diversion/side project by two similarly-minded artists, and to this extent it succeeds. The two complement each other stylistically but offer considerable counterpoints lyrically -- Barnett tends much more towards specifics than Vile -- which makes their covers of each other's songs especially interesting. ... read more
MasterCrackfox
71
The pairing of Barnett and Vile is an indie-rock fans wet dream. Largely the duo lives up to the hype, particularly Barnett who really pops as a singer-songwriter here.
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Track List

  1. Over Everything
  2. Let It Go
  3. Fear Is Like a Forest
  4. Outta the Woodwork
  5. Continental Breakfast
  6. On Script
  7. Blue Cheese
  8. Peepin' Tom
  9. Untogether
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Added on: August 29, 2017