AOTY 2017
Currents
Tame Impala - Currents
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2015 Ratings: #22 / 742
Year End Rank: #7
User Score
2015 Ratings: #7
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

This third outing takes off with Let It Happen, a fanfare of driving drums and kaleidoscopic synths that is reassuringly Tame Impala of old, but as it gains altitude Currents soars to a new level of sophistication.

100
The Guardian
Like all great psychedelic music, it perfectly evokes a deeply weird altered state, albeit that of a head wrecked by grief rather than lysergic acid diethylamide.
100
NOW Magazine

It’s unabashedly pop-soul but still plenty psychedelic, thanks to band visionary Kevin Parker’s genius studio experimentation.

94
Paste
This is a near-perfect album. It’s a superb progression from their last efforts, a study in internal consistency and just chock fucking full with nearly an hour of great songs.
93
Pitchfork

Nearly every proper song on Currents is a revelatory statement of Parker’s range and increasing expertise as a producer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist while maintaining the essence of Tame Impala: Parker is just as irreverent working in soul and R&B as he is with psych-rock.

91
Consequence of Sound

Currents is all about the wide lens. It’s not the landscape worth falling in love with, but the way Parker gives us a tour. Let it happen, and it will carry you off somewhere much further away than you realized was worth visiting.

91
Entertainment Weekly
The crimson-and-clover sprawl of the band’s first two albums is still intact, but there’s a new kind of richness to frontman Kevin Parker’s lonely-astronaut experiments.
90
FasterLouder
It’ll be divisive for sure, and fans of Air or Moroder might find it less groundbreaking than trad-rock listeners, but it’s fucking rad on its own merits anyway.
90
Spin

The result is the purest — and most complex — distillation of everything that makes the band such a nearly physical pleasure to listen to, whether it’s the sprawling riffs found on their 2010 debut, Innerspeaker, or this album’s taffy-lurid swirls.

90
Clash
It's too early to say if 'Currents' will be the masterpiece that Kevin Parker is remembered for, but not too early to state that this is his best LP yet, a near-perfect album in a body of already remarkably impressive works.
90
The 405

It stands clear and apart from the past of Tame Impala, choosing to take a knife and separate in favour of moving forward. Moving is living and Currents gets that.

90
No Ripcord
Parker is a once-in-a-generation talent, and this album is conclusive evidence of it.
85
The Line of Best Fit

Currents makes a convincing case for facing the unknown. An album that's virtually crawling with strong, infectious melodies, it's likely to draw brand new prey to Tame Impala's territory.

85
Northern Transmissions

The constant cloudy-headed experimentation gets a little exhausting over the course of the album’s 13-track, 52-minute runtime, but the lyrics provide the lucid emotional core that keeps these spacey songs grounded.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

No matter your proclivities for this new style, it’s hard to deny that Currents sounds fantastic. Parker isn’t using any new instruments here, he’s reappropriating instruments he has been using all along. Only this time, everything is curated cleanly.

83
A.V. Club

Currents won’t quite get to join the club of all-time great third albums, but it’s still an impressive effort. Once again, Kevin Parker has made an album that has little in common with its predecessor, yet sounds surprisingly sure-footed.

80
NME
From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivd synths, ‘Currents’ is an audiophile’s wet dream.
80
Drowned in Sound
This is a record that demands your reflection and immersion, rather than just mindlessly wigging out. Whilst that may be disappointing to hear for some, it doesn’t take too much away from the latest stage of this 29-year-old’s fascinating career.
80
Exclaim!

While some fans may be disappointed that Tame Impala phased out the more straight-up rock aspect of their sound, they've maintained their dizzying psychedelia on Currents.

80
DIY

It might not hit with the sit-up-and-listen immediacy of previous albums, but make no mistake, ‘Currents’ is just as accomplished.

80
Under The Radar

The fuzz-guitar fans may find themselves a bit underserved here. Best to suck it up and embrace those drum sounds, which are as precise and exquisite as ever.

80
Slant Magazine

Although Currents is, in many ways, a showcase of difference, Parker also toys with repetition as a unifying theme, sonically and lyrically.

80
PopMatters

Rockist doubts aside, Tame Impala is very much present on Currents. Their acidic melodies may now be adorned with sparkling keyboards and heady dance drums—flavors fully outside the rock wheelhouse—but Parker’s aim is to unite the two sensibilities, not to remove the band from the rock formula altogether.

80
Uncut

The previously aggressive swirls and surges have abated, with Parker now filling the space with hazy, Gallic grooves that bear a distinct air of Air.

70
Rolling Stone

The guitar rides in the back, the keyboards up front. The beats have a synthesized snap even when they're live drums, and even the dreamiest tracks pack a pop bounce.

70
musicOMH
It’s just a shame that the undeniable majesty of opener Let It Happen sees the album peak at a high it can never hope to reach for the remainder of its existence.
70
Crack Magazine

The shift in sonic palette – the displacement of sun-bleached, illusory fuzz for a cosmos of super-clean synthetic strings – reflects the real life changes he documents with simple lyricism. The album acts as an immaculately crafted apology for this change.

70
The Needle Drop

Tame Impala returns with a new sound.

60
Sputnikmusic

It’s reductive and doesn’t help really anyone by saying the hooks just aren’t there on the level they used to be, but it’s telling that I searched the rest of Currents in vain for anything as immediate as the crashing waterfall of multitracked vocals on the chorus to “The Moment.”

60
AllMusic

While Currents would have made a decent Kevin Parker solo album, people coming to the album and expecting to hear the Tame Impala they are used to will most likely end up quite disappointed.

60
God Is in the TV

Nonetheless, a genre detour is highly appropriate for a heartbreak album that has calculus at its heart and its commentary.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

The feeling of listening to Currents is the same as that of seeing a photo with the “Toaster” filter slapped over it for the 50th time.

May 30, 2015
91
wtf are people doing by rating before even hearing the record?
Jul 12, 2015
austincrane235
85
I think the rule is: if you liked 'Cause I'm A Man, you'll like Currents. If you didn't like 'Cause I'm A Man, you'll hate Currents. And I liked 'Cause I'm A Man.

Best Tracks: Let It Happen, Nangs, Yes I'm Changing, Eventually, Disciples, 'Cause I'm A Man
Worst Track: Past Life
Jul 6, 2015*
SiberianBreaks
44
Classic underwritten 2015 review that six- count 'em SIX -people still like TO THIS DAY:

With the singles released beforehand, I was hoping for this album to be more in the vein of 'Let It Happen,' but unfortunately it was more like 'Cause I'm a Man' which is probably my least favourite single from this band yet. Everything here sounds so samey and uninspired. The production sounds fantastic, but it's very repetitive. There's cheesy, 80's synths and finger-snapping one track after the other ... read more
Jul 17, 2015
Aoaystheory
97
“Currents” will go down as some of the finest sounding psychedelic pop to date and another defining moment for Tame Impala.
Oct 14, 2015
thisisabtlgrnd
89
Can't help myself on this one. Tame Impala goes pop/funk/R&B here and delivers 9 near perfect singles and four beautifully produced interludes. I understand the criticism to this record, since Tame Impala basically just dropped a bunch of the defining aspects of what made their last record (and even their debut) so great (i.e. shoegazey guitars, experimental song structures, overt emphasis on psychedelic ROCK). But damn if they don't write some exquisite pop songs. I love literally every ... read more
Track List
  1. Let It Happen
  2. Nangs
  3. The Moment
  4. Yes I’m Changing
  5. Eventually
  6. Gossip
  7. The Less I Know the Better
  8. Past Life
  9. Disciples
  10. ‘Cause I’m A Man
  11. Reality In Motion
  12. Love/Paranoia
  13. New Person, Same Old Mistakes


Added on: May 2, 2015