The contrast between poppy rhythms and powerful rock riffs is the signature sound of Courtney Barnett.
Photo: Johannes Andersen
Quickly grabbing her guitar, Courtney Barnett started smashing the speakers with Hopefulessness, the opening track of her new album “Tell Me How You Really Feel”. This was the perfect introduction to her concert and in a way it is also a perfect introduction to her album and to most of her musical pieces. In this song she also offers great advice: “Take your broken heart, turn it into art”.
The contrast between music and voice is satisfying and mighty.
City Looks Pretty, one of her latest singles, is next on the list and Courtney appears before her audience with her quirky seventies look that reminds me of the Ramones. It may also be that her songs are short and simple in their construction. In any case, the music goes beyond a hodgepodge of pop, punk and grunge styles. Complemented with a voice that at times even reminds me of Bryan Ferry and at times reminds me of Kurt Cobain. The contrast between music and voice is satisfying and mighty.
Keep it exciting
Courtney and her band manage to entertain by changing rhythms, sequences or giving a powerful scream that refreshes the mood and reconnects the audience.
The whole formula seems to become a little monotonous after a while. However, Courtney and her band manage to entertain by changing rhythms, sequences or giving a powerful scream that refreshes the mood and reconnects the audience. At the moment Courtney has two studio albums (and one more in collaboration with Kurt Vile) but it seems that she has already left a legacy of many incredible songs that bring excitement to the audience: Avant Gardener, Nameless, Faceless, I’m not your mother…, Lance Jr., and a long etc. For only two albums, that’s impressive.
After more than an hour of amazing and powerful rock, Courtney briefly introduces her band and leads to the last songs before the encore. After coming back from the backstage, she performed only accompanied with her guitar a beautiful cover of Everything Is Free by Gillian Welch.
Courtney Barnett @ Rockefeller 5.11.2018: 9/10
City Looks Pretty
Need a Little Time
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch
Crippling Self Doubt and a General Lack of Self Confidence
Walkin’ on Eggshells
Are You Looking After Yourself?
Nobody really cares
Everything Is Free (Gillian Welch cover)
Pedestrian at Best (This was written in the plan but it was not played).