Things Take Time, Take Time

Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time
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Based on 30 reviews
2021 Ratings: #293 / 699
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Based on 279 ratings
2021 Ratings: #727
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Slant Magazine

Courtney Barnett’s Things Take Time, Take Time captures something true and profound about how we relate to the world and each other.


With its organic, relaxed feel and experimental boldness, Barnett's third may be her finest album todate.

The Sydney Morning Herald

As a whole it shows a new unguarded side to the singer – one that’s more adventurous and vulnerable, but not without the sharply witty, rhythmic and detailed elements we have grown to love and expect from her.


For a record about captive states — isolation, anxiety, romantic hope — Things Take Time, Take Time knows how to move.

Northern Transmissions

She remains the reliable, relatable artist she’s been from the start, and I think this album will be a traveling companion to many people. Or just something you put on, and look out the window, and feel the time pass.


This is as close to a record born of isolation as you’re bound to hear, that Courtney’s chiselling these tracks out on her own.


True to title ‘Things Take Time, Time Time’s unshowy songs take hold more slowly, but Barnett’s small snatches of happiness grip you all the same.


Courtney has always been a master storyteller and, while this album sounds smaller than its predecessor, the pictures she paints on it are more refined and easier to get lost in than ever, another notch in the belt of this prolific young songwriter.


Despite its relatively short running time, and the low-key nature of the songs, this third album sounds like a big step forward for Barnett – a move away from the stream of consciousness delivery of her early days and a step towards sincere contemplations of matters of the heart.


‘Things Take Time, Take Time’ sees her breaching into a new territory while still residing in the safe net of her previous sound, making it an album to introduce her to a new audience and a pleasing one to entertain her already exciting fanbase.

The Independent

This album is Barnett navigating her way out of her own head, reminding herself – and her listeners – that it’s good to care about things. She couldn’t have picked a better time.

Rolling Stone

Her brilliant third album, Things Take Time, Take Time, is her most reserved and thoughtful yet, full of everyday observation and wry wisdom — it grows slowly, but pay attention and you’ll grow with it.


For a record born of introspection, Things Take Time, Take Time is surprisingly fun.

The Forty-Five

Those looking for another slice of boisterous poetry may be surprised by the softness they find in Courtney Barnett’s third record.


Things Take Time, Take Time marks a turn toward openness and positivity for Courtney Barnett, who has previously thrived on precisely communicating anxieties.

Record Collector

An album both granular and gracious, lifted by a breezy whatever-will-be spirit.

Under The Radar

Primarily, Things Take Time, Take Time takes its spot in Barnett’s catalog to gently document a quiet period, released when things are starting to wind back up.

Loud and Quiet

On a collection of songs largely free from any of Barnett’s signature quips, her presence is still enough to turn half an hour’s overthinking into a real page-turner.

The Line of Best Fit

Whilst being worlds away from debut Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, Barnett’s latest sonic venture marks a new era for the Aussie musician, and one we’re all the better for.


Things Take Time, Take Time is a record that warrants sitting on the verandah in the cool summer air, listening to Barnett soundtrack your memories of peace and happiness.

Spectrum Culture

Things Take Time, Take Time isn’t the 180-degree return to morose expositions and acerbic witticisms that made us love her in the first place, instead leaning into more straightforward songwriting.

A.V. Club

While some of the music that’s followed Sometimes I Sit And Think lacks that magic, infectious touch—bringing worry that Barnett may have peaked during her debut album’s era—there’s still plenty to enjoy in her latest release.


The Australian singer-songwriter’s fourth album has the directness of a collection of demos. Barnett sounds characteristically laconic; she’s at her best when she lets her guitar take the lead.

The Skinny

Barnett impresses on this album. Her lyricism still dazzles brighter than most, just more pensively this time around.


Things Take Time, Take Time is an exceedingly nice-sounding record — but with almost no quotable zingers, it's hard not to shake the sense that something is missing, is missing.


With a more engaging set of songs, Barnett might easily transpose herself into the mode of introspective singer/songwriter, but alas, Things Take Time, Take Time just feels a little too dull.

FLOOD Magazine

Things Take Time, Take Time intermittently taps into Barnett’s strengths, but it scans like a transitional record.

Beats Per Minute

Previously, Barnett moved mountains with her gut-busting commentary, but as Things Take Time, Take Time takes its time to unravel ever so slowly, Barnett’s warranted displeasure reaches annoying levels.


A decent indie-rock/folk album with quite good lyricism but both the production and instrumentals are rather mediocre and bland. It's not bad but I was hoping for more.


Yes they do, but it’s okay

Courtney Barnett with da indie rock album. While I definitely don’t think this is bad, it’s not her best work overall. There are quite a few songs on here that are kinda just meh. They don’t really do anything interesting, but they aren’t bad songs. Just uninteresting ones. I also think that there isn’t a crazy amount of variety in terms of sound. Other than that, I will say, there are actually quite a few really good tracks ... read more


Courtney delivers a super laid-back, stoney indie rock record, sonically ambitious as she blends indie-pop and folk songwriting and instrumentation more than ever. I can't compliment her enough on the overall cohesiveness of this sound. She paints the perfect atmosphere for the stoner rock fan, reminiscent of baked cloud-gazing on a fall afternoon with the wind in your hair. The breezy, effortless sound slowly builds, peaking in the middle of the record. But, let it play out in its own time; ... read more


highlights ― rae street, here’s the thing, turning green, write a list of things to look forward to

lowlights ― sunfair sundown, take it day by day, splendour


Another solid effort by Courtney. I don’t know how much I will return to this in the future but this album isn’t bad in the slightest but it really didn’t do anything for me either. Hey, not everything hits you in the moment!

Best: Rae Street, Turning Green

Worst: Take It Day by Day


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Added on: July 7, 2021