“Take Your Time”
Written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
“Take Your Time” is interesting for its combination of rapidly delivered spoken word and warmly sung melody, and for its tentative attempts to acknowledge a woman’s own agency.
The structure borrows heavily from contemporary urban music, and will sound familiar to anyone who has listened to a fair amount of Drake. But Hunt keeps the proceedings grounded enough in country that it doesn’t sound nearly as reductive as it could’ve been.
Of course, the song doesn’t quite go far enough to move from interesting to truly compelling. The sung chorus doesn’t live up to the spoken verses, and his claims to have a genuine interest in not wasting the lady’s time seem a lot less noble when he later makes it clear that he’s not interested in anything else about her, including what she’s doing tomorrow and after.
“Take Your Time” is like “Dirt Road Anthem” was when it was released, a record that squanders all its creativity on the structure and leaves out the substance necessary for it to remain worth listening to once the novelty wears off.