Album Review: Courtney Barnett – MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne plus tour news

Australia’s iconic balladeer Courtney Barnett has just released an MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne on the eve of an announcement that she will be supporting fellow Melburnian Nick Cave with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds UK and Ireland tour.

Bringing together a host of music luminaries, with some covers, some golden oldies and a new original track, the performance captures perfectly Barnett’s delicate vulnerability and charms, bringing to the fore her lyrical expressiveness.

The performance includes guest appearances from legendary songwriter Paul Kelly, New Zealander Marlon Williams and Milk! Records label-mate Evelyn Ida Morris and includes covers of Leonard Cohen, Archie Roach and Seeker Lover Keeper as well as a never-before-heard original track from Courtney herself titled “Play It On Repeat”.

Track ‘Nameless Faceless’ – Barnett’s ode to the talentless keyboard warriors who cowardly criticise performers and bully women is captured on video:

This is a beautiful, vulnerable performance perfectly captures the tone of the album.

‘Courtney Barnett – MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne’ is out physically now on CD and aqua blue vinyl, order here. Stream here now and watch full video playlist here.

Courtney Barnett – MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne
1. Depreston
2. Sunday Roast
3. Charcoal Lane (featuring Paul Kelly) – written by Archie Roach
4. Avant Gardener
5. Nameless, Faceless (featuring Evelyn Ida Morris)
6. Untitled (Play It On Repeat)
7. Not Only I (featuring Marlon Williams) – written by Seeker Lover Keeper
8. So Long, Marianne – written by Leonard Cohen

Tour dates with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds:

May 2 – Birmingham @ Birmingham Arena 
May 3 – Cardiff @ Motorpoint Arena
May 5 – Glasgow @ the SSE Hydro
May 6 – Manchester @ Manchester Arena
May 8 – Dublin @ 3Arena
May 9 – Dublin @ 3Arena
May 12 – Leeds @ Leeds First Direct Arena
May 14 – London @ The O2
May 15 – London @ The O2

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