Courtney Barnett invites a deep dive on sophomore album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel'
The album is Barnett's second full-length effort and serves as a follow up to her 2015 debut 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'.
After previewing a string of singles including 'Need a Little Time', 'City Looks Pretty', and 'Nameless, Faceless,' on Friday (May 18) finally marks the release of Aussie indie trailblazer Courtney Barnett’s sophomore LP, 'Tell Me How You Really Feel'.
Barnett recorded the album in Melbourne last July, collaborating with producers Burke Reid and Dan Luscombe, the same team that helped her breakthrough with her 2015 debut 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'.
“This album definitely felt a lot more like working through a problem through the lyrics or through the flow of a song,” Barnett said in an interview with Under the Radar.
“It felt like encouraging myself or others, because some of the songs are about friends or close people, and it felt like I was writing a self-help book a little bit. It feels like a self-help album.”
Picking up from where she left off in her debut album, Barnett now widens the horizons of her crisp and witty narratives, tightening her expansive jamming and storytelling. But the deadpan sense of humor that stood out on her last LP as well as her excellent debut, 'The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas,' makes way for a more abstract style, full of twisted metaphors and motifs.
Barnett partners with The Breeders' Kim Deal, who showcases her vocal prowess on the beautifully titled pop gem, “Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence”.
No matter what Barnett sings about - be it little victories like hanging out with friends ('Sunday Roast') or a quick class in dealing with online trolls ('Nameless, Faceless') - every time she goes in, she draws blood with her razor-sharp lines.