Albums to watch

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Second album from the Melbourne indie rock singer-songwriter working again with producer Burke Reid

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Mom+Pop
UK Release date
18/05/2018
US Release date
18/05/2018
  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    On her thrilling second LP, Barnett abandons third-person intricacy for broader statements
    Read Review

  2. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Barnett's impossibly effortless tunesmithing remains a preternatural force on Tell Me How You Really Feel
    Read Review

  3. 9.0 |   The Music

    Fucking masterful
    Read Review

  4. 8.7 |   Gig Soup

    By taking the time to collect herself, Barnett has crafted a record that connects with listeners on a deeply personal, and heretofore unfamiliar, level, and it feels so, so good
    Read Review

  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Everything one would expect from the Sydney-born garage-rocker
    Read Review

  6. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Aussie remains an introspective songwriter who listeners can also air guitar along to
    Read Review

  7. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    The matter-of-fact malaise of her debut remains, but where before it felt aimless, here it has hardened into something pointed and direct
    Read Review

  8. 8.0 |   NOW

    Her most inward-looking album but also one that pulls back to engage with bigger political and cultural conversations more directly than we’re used to from her
    Read Review

  9. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Mixes penetrating observation, wry humor and deep empathy on a modest masterpiece of an LP
    Read Review

  10. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Is it reassuring to hear these anthems to misery coming from one of the best songwriters in the world? Absolutely
    Read Review

  11. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Barnett isn't just trying to heal herself; she's also advocating for others to do the same
    Read Review

  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    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
    Read Review

  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Witty anecdotes and black humour suits Barnett well, but her more serious, unguarded side is equally captivating
    Read Review

  14. 8.0 |   The FT

    Consolidates Barnett’s reputation as a sharp, thoughtful songwriter
    Read Review

  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    Lyrically the most direct and honest Courtney has been to date
    Read Review

  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    After the cheap - but definitely magical – thrills of her debut, this is a slow-burning triumph
    Read Review

  17. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The qualities that Barnett got pigeonholed with on her earlier EPs and debut – 'slacker, grunge, stream of consciousness' do appear, but only as slivers in a grander offering that requires a palate willing to savour the dish
    Read Review

  18. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    At its heart, Tell Me How You Really Feel offers a sense of encouragement, finding reassurance in transience and seeking out a little beauty amidst chaos and turmoil. After all, isn't that really all any of us want to do?
    Read Review

  19. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    There's no sign of a sophomore slump on Tell Me How You Really Feel, an album that doesn't better Courtney Barnett's stellar debut, but certainly does no harm to her burgeoning oeuvre
    Read Review

  20. 8.0 |   Earbuddy

    Every song is enjoyable, though not a revolution
    Read Review

  21. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A wonderfully curated record, which manages to be both cynical and whimsical at the same time
    Read Review

  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An album that's warm, honest, awash with tuneage, never corny, and really rather marvellous. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It feels as if she now trusts the power of her music to imbue even cliche with emotional power
    Read Review

  24. 8.0 |   Q

    Her debut album's primary coloured backdrop having been swapped out for a richer, more nuanced palette. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   NME

    The queen of slacker cool exposes her guts on her dark and melancholy second album
    Read Review

  26. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The self-awareness and incisive perception that truly define it have been there all along: they just burn brighter and ring louder the bigger her platform becomes.
    Read Review

  27. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Tell Me How You Really Feel is an album that doesn’t pander
    Read Review

  28. 7.5 |   The 405

    Courtney manages to strike a balance between sombre acoustic music and guitar heavy grunge. Utilizing the balance to create atmosphere from song to song
    Read Review

  29. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    Smaller, more introverted than her debut. It’s tentative but with a purpose, songs about what it means to not have—or need—the right words for everything
    Read Review

  30. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Barnett twists her style just enough to dig into life's challenges
    Read Review

  31. 6.0 |   All Music

    Everything about Tell Me How You Really Feel seems muted
    Read Review

  32. 6.0 |   Punk News

    If her lyricism isn’t quite as giddy and overflowing as her debut, her approach to songwriting has developed into a comfortable confidence
    Read Review

  33. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Melbourne’s contemplative indie rock star addresses the trials of squaring love with life on the road on her direct and downbeat second album
    Read Review

  34. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    'Nameless, Faceless' could yet become an anthem for the #MeToo movement
    Read Review

  35. 5.0 |   A.V. Club

    A disappointing and muted record that never quite lives up to its potential
    Read Review


blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews