Courtney Barnett has certainly changed the music game. With her unique style of vocals and recognisable style, she has created an award-winning name for herself in the music industry in the space of just over 5 years. Releasing her first studio album Sometimes I sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit in 2015 with her own label Milk! proved to be a smash success. A success that took her stardom worldwide where she has performed in the UK, Australia, United States including a coveted performance at Coachella in 2016.
Barnett released Lotta Sea Lice which saw her team up with Kurt Vile. Following this, Courtney Barnett is back again with her third album Tell Me How You Really Feel. This album features many upbeat and easy songs to listen to. It starts with ‘Hopefulessness’, which is slow and angelic and would be the perfect song to play while on a road trip. The album ends with ‘Sunday Roast’ which has a starting which is unlike any other song on the album and is really enjoyable to listen to but is slightly repetitive. Somehow Courtney has kept her music style true to her due to the fact the signature sound has catapulted her to fame, and while listening to this album you can imagine seeing her play at a small venue because of how intimate the music is.
Two tracks that stood out to me were ‘Nameless, Faceless’ and ‘Walking on Eggshells’ because of their strong emotive lyrics. The latter has a vintage vibe with piano paired that is refreshing to listen to and has the perfect ending played out by a guitar solo. Distinct backing vocals give ‘Nameless, Faceless’ a real edge to the other tracks on the record. My favourite song on the album was ‘Need A Little Time’. It was a very different take compared to the other songs on the album and it truly displayed Barnett’s vocal talent with everything from the melodic harmonies and honesty of the lyrics. The chords were sweet and sincere and the realness of the song shone throughout the duration of it.
Her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel will definitely be a hit. It is a step up from her last work Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit that is based on feelings of love, frustration and empowerment. This album is very real to Courtney Barnett as she talks about her relationships and turning her back to people who tell her that she “sucks”. Although not my style of music I did enjoy listening to this album. The downside to the album is that some of the songs are a little repetitive such as ‘Walking on Eggshells’ and ‘Sunday Roast’ and some seem too much a like each other, but overall this much anticipated album is definitely worth a listen and will be enjoyed by many as some of the songs are the perfect songs you didn’t know you needed on all of your playlists. (I’d listen to it again!)
By Ella Connell