Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel (Milk!/ Remote Control Records).
With so much music demanding our attention these days, your first port of call should always be what’s going on in your own backyard. My backyard just happens to be vibrant Melbourne, the home of the unstoppable Courtney Barnett. That said, Courtney’s not home as often as we would like, gallivanting around the globe with the level of success many aspiring musicians could only dream of today. She first took America by storm in 2015 with her garage rock chops and self-deprecating humour with her debut album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit and has ever since then been lauded as that singer songwriter from Australia who has turned music on its head. This assessment seems to ring true as the success of her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel has smashed multiple music (genre) charts worldwide over the past few months.
As I obsess over her latest release I still can’t put my finger on it as to why I like her so much. Whether it’s Barnett deadpan talk out loud approach to singing, delivered in her straight-up Aussie accent or how she hypnotises me with that fuzzed-out guitar sound, I honestly cannot say. But what I will say is that the eccentric Ms. Barnett never fails to find something relatable and new to talk about on an album that is a little darker, reflective and melancholic than her first album. A number of standout tracks – Need A Little Time, Nameless, Faceless, City Looks Pretty and Charity – provide enough substance to make this album shimmer. It’s not perfect but you’ll definitely play it over and over again.
Photo Credit: The album artwork of Tell Me How You Really Feel is courtesy of Milk Records. I make use of it under the rationale of fair use because no free equivalent seems to exist. I am not the uploader of the You Tube clip embedded here.