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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Australian singer-songwriter was produced with Burke Reid and Dan Luscombe.
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
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  1. 91
    Tell Me How You Really Feel peaks midway, on “Nameless, Faceless”. The album’s lead single, with its descending guitar notes and a Margaret Atwood reference, finds Barnett employing old tools to tackle a newsworthy social ill. It’s breathless and gutting, a short and sweet examination of sex and violence. It draws blood, but so does the rest of the album.
  2. May 7, 2018
    85
    It's full of incessantly catchy guitar riffs; a keen, driving rhythm section; and the unparalleled witty lyrics with which Barnett made her name. But it also bursts with more contradictions and a wider variety of personal intimacies than ever before. [Mar - May 2018, p.50]
  3. 80
    While the songs here lack the scuzzy charm of her debut, Tell Me How You Really Feel is a weightier, more direct record.
  4. Q Magazine
    May 8, 2018
    80
    A much stronger set of songs. Her debut album's primary coloured backdrop having been swapped out for a richer, more nuanced palette. [Jul 2018, p.119]
  5. May 16, 2018
    80
    Nearly every song on the new Courtney Barnett album has something to recommend it--a familiar melody that takes distinctive turns, a lyric that grows deeper with each listening, strong backup from a band led by Barnett’s rough-hewn guitar riffs.
  6. May 22, 2018
    80
    The performances are muscular and attention-grabbing, and the melodies built around her distress take new and zestful contours.
  7. May 17, 2018
    50
    Tell Me How You Really Feel is a disappointing and muted record that never quite lives up to its potential.

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  1. May 18, 2018
    10
    Great album, in spite of many may think ‘cause of the early reviews she’s getting, Courtney has outdone herself with this record. Check itGreat album, in spite of many may think ‘cause of the early reviews she’s getting, Courtney has outdone herself with this record. Check it out, one of my favorites of the year so far alongside Beach House’s ‘7’ and Janelle Monáe’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Expand
  2. May 19, 2018
    9
    There is some kickass guitar work on this album. It rocks harder than the first record and, for my ears, that is CB's strength. Very good.
  3. May 18, 2018
    9
    a more mature and interesting project, the production and instrumentation is more varied full of energy and melancholy, courtney has beena more mature and interesting project, the production and instrumentation is more varied full of energy and melancholy, courtney has been overcome herself Expand
  4. May 22, 2018
    8
    The queen is back, as strong as ever. Though I couldn't really hear her charming Australian accent this time around. And I rather she putThe queen is back, as strong as ever. Though I couldn't really hear her charming Australian accent this time around. And I rather she put those grunge cliches, that she still relied on here, to rest. Expand
  5. May 31, 2018
    7
    Courtney Barnett is a skilled singer/songwriter who has talents way beyond the average musician and this new release 'Tell Me How Your ReallyCourtney Barnett is a skilled singer/songwriter who has talents way beyond the average musician and this new release 'Tell Me How Your Really Feel' is a variety of songs ranging from mediocre indie ballads to catchy, hard-hitting bangers that fans have come expect. Expand