Things Take Time, Take Time is an assured leap forward for Courtney Barnett; a breakthrough really. This is Barnett at her most relaxed, creative and joyful.
The new album is an exquisite look at the intimate, private world created by Barnett and drummer/producer Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint, Cate le Bon, Kurt Vile). It's consequently her most beautiful and intimate record to date.
Already garlanded by critics as one of the standout releases of the year, Things Take Time, Take Time signals an exciting new chapter for the indie rock superstar, consolidating her place in the storied lineage of influential singer-songwriters, even as it polishes and refines her knack for a killer melody and unique turn of phrase like never before.
At the heart of the album is a love song - one of Courtney’s first. “If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight” is effervescently, unabashedly, cheekily love-drunk, soaring and remarkably high-stakes in comparison to the rest of the record: “If loving you’s a crime, then gimme those front page headlines,” Courtney sings, aware of the cliche and crushing too hard to care.