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This here offering is Courtney's second album following up {long title}, but also that thing she did with Kurt Vile. Here her witty observations are matched with a more serious tone capturing more obviously the beauty and warmth in her delivery. She's becoming increasingly popular so this will be a big 'un.

Limited Vinyl LP £17.49 MA0122LPX

Limited edition, indies only red coloured vinyl LP on Marathon Artists. Housed in gatefold mirror board sleeve.

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Limited CD £12.99 MA0122CDX

CD on Marathon Artists. Limited hardback package with exclusive 24 pp photo booklet.

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CD £9.49 MA0122CD

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Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett
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8/10 Robin 16 May 2018

I’d like to think you know by now about Courtney Barnett. A lauded master of the musical walk and talk, her double EP and debut LP were great, profoundly comedic works with telltale lyrics of wit and wonder. Mark Kozelek can but dream. On ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, Barnett’s songwriting goes by the old cliche: from strength to strength, she navigates a new, darker sound that somberly redecorates the space she’s created for herself between slackerisms and old-school rock ‘n’ roll.

I can’t say I was expecting “Hopefulessness”, the drain-circling opener to ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’. Its guitars are tuned to an Unwound kinda stupor, Barnett’s low-key song climaxing into low-key clarity. As she moves on, this new, serious tone is forced to face its predecessor, the talky, snarky smiles of Barnett’s past; with distortion and discontent she creates tunes like “City Looks Pretty”, with a light, buzzing noise reminiscent of Yo La Tengo on ‘Painful’ meeting Barnett’s conversational vocal -- this time, though, she talks of “dismal days” and fair weather friends, painting a picture of bad, lonely days. The stark “Need A Little Time” reinvents indie pop tricks -- a twee keyboard and a plodding guitar strum -- as staples of some new grunge, her disgruntled voice and morbid observations on human nature sounding her off in a new, greyer place.

The noisy confrontations of “I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch” posit Barnett as a full on garage punk and hey, that slays: snarking and spitting on a legacy of misogyny, her guitars start to shred straight and narrow, with spiky guitar melodies spraying out. Here Barnett snarls, suggesting entirely new musical characters she could play: she sinks from this turgid triumph back into a more recognisable, jangly mode on “Crippling-Self Doubt and a General Lack of Confidence”, like nothing ever happened. These old staples of her songwriting remain, here alongside hints -- and howls -- of the new. Having been our favourite indie pop people-watcher for a good few years, Barnett has here proven she can be subtle, and introspective, and furious. And if you want that real good country rock twang jam, skip straight to "Walkin' On Eggshells".

8/10 Kevin 29th May 2018

I’ve seen Courtney perform a few times now and have most of her records and this one hasn’t let her down though it’s a bit more polished and not as raw as usual. Still it’s very good and worth listening to.????

9/10 Phil Customer rating (no review), 30th July 2018
8/10 David Customer rating (no review), 20th July 2018
9/10 Malcolm Customer rating (no review), 31st May 2018



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