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Courtney Barnett | Tell Me How You Really Feel
According to Liz Itkowsky: “Tell Me How You Really Feel is Barnett’s second solo album, not as sparse and snarky as her debut, but more ruminative and confident. Stoner slang and bone-dry delivery are still Barnett’s vernacular, but Tell Me How You Really Feel is a more straightforward rock album.
On Tell Me How You Really Feel, Barnett’s rambling inner-monologues are less manic, more methodical. There’s ample feedback, winding jams, and comfortable, easy rock. She’s more attuned to her feelings, effortlessly talking about the parts of life that are normally labeled as a bit of drag, instead of just part of the human experience. But Tell Me How You Really Feel is not Barnett’s thesis; it’s simply a good album from a great songwriter, and hopefully one of many. The ability to talk about emotion in a concrete, expressive way, while staying miles away from sentimentality is rare. But it’s apparently second nature to Courtney Barnett.”