10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s something hypnotically appealing about the way Courtney Barnett cradles her guitar and spills out uneasy truths with wit and simplicity. On her second solo LP, the Melbourne singer/songwriter dives deeper into her diary (“City Looks Pretty,” “Need a Little Time”), while celebrating life’s little victories, like finding time to hang with friends (“Sunday Roast”). The brilliantly named “Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence” is a pop gem boosted with vocals from The Breeders' Kim Deal. When Barnett goes in, she draws blood with every barbed line. “Nameless, Faceless” takes down an online troll with devastating accuracy. “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch” has a Hole-like feel. Tell Me How You Really Feel is aptly titled, housing her feelings and observations for all to absorb and savor.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s something hypnotically appealing about the way Courtney Barnett cradles her guitar and spills out uneasy truths with wit and simplicity. On her second solo LP, the Melbourne singer/songwriter dives deeper into her diary (“City Looks Pretty,” “Need a Little Time”), while celebrating life’s little victories, like finding time to hang with friends (“Sunday Roast”). The brilliantly named “Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence” is a pop gem boosted with vocals from The Breeders' Kim Deal. When Barnett goes in, she draws blood with every barbed line. “Nameless, Faceless” takes down an online troll with devastating accuracy. “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch” has a Hole-like feel. Tell Me How You Really Feel is aptly titled, housing her feelings and observations for all to absorb and savor.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
truthistrue ,

2 cents of flattery

sometimes it's the sum of the parts , sometimes it's the parts. her lyrics are amusing and and can be touching. i judged her sound on her desire and workable talent...not knowing about the LGBT label ...as mentioned in another "review", i unknowingly like , and liked her for her . weary of reviews that criticize artists who repeatedly sound like themselves ( "the same") , even when their sound ...is unique...to themselves. "rip off" (s) the sincerest form of flattery...I think she rips off a lot of people ...Lou Reed etc etc ..thank god

I am Turbo ,

Liz Phair rip off

Complete and utter rip off of Liz Phair!

Country livin! ,

90s sound

Reminds of Poe and Juliana Hatefield, and Hole

About Courtney Barnett

Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett first came to light in 2012 when her self-released EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, appeared and was roundly praised across Australia. Her conversational, deadpan delivery and garage rock-infused folk-pop style caught the attention of influential website Pitchfork, which named her song "Avant Gardener" one of its Best New Tracks during the summer of 2013. That year Barnett went on to release her second EP, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose; the EP fed the continued international hype with songs like "History Eraser," which was nominated for the ARPA Song of the Year in Australia.

As her momentum gathered, Barnett was invited to perform at New York's music showcase CMJ Music Marathon, as well as playing shows in Europe. Later in 2013 she put out her two EPs on one record titled Double EP: Sea of Split Peas. American label Mom + Pop signed her to a deal in 2014 and reissued Double EP in April of that year. Yet another EP, this one a compilation titled A Pair of Pears (With Shadows), appeared by the end of 2014.

Early the following year, Barnett made appearances on American television and the SXSW festival in preparation for her heavily anticipated first full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit., released in March 2015. A critical and cult success, Sometimes I Sit wound up peaking at number four in Australia and reaching 20 in the U.S.; she'd later be nominated for Best New Artist at the 2016 Grammys. Barnett followed her acclaimed debut by teaming up with Kurt Vile for the duet album Lotta Sea Lice. The record was released in October 2017 and was supported by a brief American tour. In 2018, she returned with her sophomore full-length album, Tell Me How You Feel, which included the single "Nameless, Faceless." ~ Scott Kerr

HOMETOWN
Sydney, Australia
BORN
1988

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