Music is always intimate for an artist, but Barrie's sophomore Barbara, exploring themes of love and loss, is especially so. Written following her father's passing and as she fell in love with her now-wife, the album signifies a deeply personal period for Barrie.
Barrie shared, "The album is diaristic, but not in obvious or intimate ways. Music is my job, and it’s also intensely personal. I want the music to connect with people, but have reservations about the toll it takes on the artist to have to live up to whatever the music ends up representing for the listener. To connect with people about grief is beautiful, but I don’t want to relive the trauma of it at every show and interview. I also don't want to become desensitized to my sadness. There’s both rawness and a measure of control in the album; I want to make sure the project and the person are tied, but only by certain limbs."