In “Tell Me How You Really Feel,” Barnett has revealed an exhilarating and unexpected shift. From its title (A question? An order?) to the unsettling cover image – a blood-red tinted self-portrait in uncomfortably tight close up – Barnett sets a different tone.
There’s a new-found directness with this record, a muscularity to the instrumentation, a tenderness in her voice and a boldness to the lyrics. It speaks to Barnett entering a remarkable new phase of her musical evolution. She’s saying more, with less. Whereas once she examined the world through the prism of self-analysis, “Tell Me How You Really Feel” shifts that focus to those she interacts with – the good ones, the bad ones, the loved ones. Those she knows intimately and those who are strangers.
This week’s download comes from Courtney Barnett and her latest album, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.” You have seven days to download her song, “Charity.” She will be performing a sold-out show on Oct. 17 at The Pabst Theater.