Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel


This album was released 39 weeks ago.

80% ±7% 24 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Hopefulessness
2 City Looks Pretty
3 Charity
4 Need a Little Time
5 Nameless, Faceless
6 I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
7 Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence
8 Help Your Self
9 Walkin’ on Eggshells
10 Sunday Roast
Rating Source
80% 4WIM Rating
90% Slant Magazine
90% Glide Magazine With the release of her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, it’s clear that Barnett has found a way to hold on to her familiar style yet make it sound more mature.
87% Consequence of Sound With a rare lyrical gift and propensity for blowing the windows clean out of the garage, Barnett’s an introspective songwriter who listeners can also air guitar to and head bang alongside.
87% GIGsoup A distinctly introspective effort, Barnett‘s sophomoric release finds the artist turning “her gaze inward to study how the world and the people in it are affecting her.” Considering this, peering behind Barnett‘s intimate cover portrait amounts to confronting the Australian musician’s emotional state.
85% Under the Radar Magazine
84% Backseat Mafia
83% Nöjesguiden Efter hennes fräsande debutalbum för ett par år sedan och ett avsevärt blekare samarbete med Kurt Vile förra året har Courtney Barnett för avsikt att inte kompromissa alls den här gången.  Viljan att låta ännu hårdare och skränigare märks tydligast på Charity, som är en komplett arrogansattack, och på framspottade I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch som är ännu hårdare.
80% The Guardian
80% Exclaim! Music Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel By Sarah Murphy Published May 16, 2018 8 Gliding effortlessly over the sophomore slump with Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett's (solo) followup to Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit finds an artist who has grown more introspective as a writer, more outspoken as a singer and more imaginative (and a lot louder) as a guitarist.
80% New Musical Express Whereas those previous releases felt like a chat over a cuppa between mates, ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ feels more personal, like opening a window into Barnett’s mind, exposing her vulnerabilities and fears in the process.
80% The Skinny After rocketing to success with 2015's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett experienced an understandably difficult time adjusting to the newfound pressures that come with fame and expectation.
80% DIY Magazine Recorded in the summer of 2017 amid other projects – namely a collab with good friend Kurt Vile and playing guitar for partner Jen Cloher – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is a more mature record, and lyrically the most direct and honest Courtney has been to date.
80% Music OMH Lyrics are the centrepiece, and crowning glory, of Barnett's music, and Tell Me… works well as a collection of poetry, or a series of short stories.
80% Drowned in Sound Tell Me How You Really Feel by courtney barnettThe scarlet gaze on the album cover reflects this openness and scans the viewer throughout the video for the breezy ‘City Looks Pretty’, a track perhaps detailing Barnett’s homecoming after a recent world tour.
80% Loud & Quiet This time out, ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ is less a request than a command, and you strongly suspect that Barnett might have issued it directly to her own reflection.
80% Soundblab Courtney Barnett’s new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, should come with a warning label.  There are no songs about organic vegetables.  No songs about dull suburban living.  No songs of senoritas and margaritas.  You have not arrived here to have fun or hear droll observations on daily living.  Given the cover art that looks as if you are wearing infrared goggles and stumbled into Barnett hiding out in a cave,  Tell Me How You Really Feel is decidedly darker than Barnett’s previous output.  Not that Barnett didn’t take a few swipes along the way to this point, but with song titles like ‘I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch’ and ‘Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence’, neither of which is meant to be ironic, she has quite a bit to get off her chest.
80% Earbuddy If Tell Me How You Really Feel is an indication, it seems that Lotta Sea Lice was a chemical solution.
80% The Firenote The good news is that Barnett just picked up the guitar and made a straightforward and fun indie record that will brings veteran names to mind like Liz Phair, Kim Deal and Juliana Hatfield.
80% No Ripcord But whether you're paying attention or not, Barnett will strike with a bevy of amusing remarks, which often enhance her deviations into different forms of classic rock.
80% God is in the TV Musically, Tell Me How You Really Feel isn’t as sprightly as its predecessor (‘Walkin’ on Eggshells’ even flirts with country) but then that reflects the main lyrical themes as well.
75% The 405 Though the Australian singer went solo and veered towards an alternative rock style, she always retained that grunge sensibility.
67% Gaffa (Sweden)
60% The Arts Desk If her collaborations with other musicians is anything to go by, Courtney Barnett's star has definitely been on the rise since the release of her wonderfully titled 2015 debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.
60% The A.V. Club Tell Me’s music also reflects how Barnett’s emotional spark seems dulled; the record feels like it’s in a permanent brownout state.