The Slow Rush

Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
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Based on 42 reviews
2020 Ratings: #261 / 818
Year End Rank: #21
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2020 Ratings: #220
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The Arts Desk

The Slow Rush is an apt name. This is an album that replicates the wash of a narcotic come-up. Unstoppable, inimitable, and highly addictive.

Northern Transmissions

Tame Impala perfectly capture that feeling of existing in the tiny margins between fear and freedom on The Slow Rush.


The album's a comeback that once again makes Tame Impala an artistic force equal to their commercial appeal.

Spill Magazine

Amongst those who can adapt to the growth of a great artist, The Slow Rush will be treasured.

Louder Than War

This album is nothing short of perfection. From the order of the track listing to the instrumentation and clever increments throughout. There is always a new sound or inclusion which pricks your ears up.


Tame Impala’s first album in five years sees them move away from guitars and into mega-pop songwriting. The results are exhilarating.


A solar system held in place by its own revolutions, ‘The Slow Rush’ is testament to the patient productivity and unrelenting creativity of Kevin Parker.

Loud and Quiet

Painstakingly fine-tuned in the studio, The Slow Rush provides Tame Impala with the punch needed for stadium tours while still meaningfully evolving a complex, liquid sound.


It’s amazing how true auteurs constantly shift their attention, shift their style, but always retain a razor-sharp focus on the artistic integrity of their projects.


The Slow Rush is another masterpiece for Tame Impala, cover-to-cover. You know it's the band the instant the music begins, and yet the album feels both new and necessary.


If it’s a party for one Kevin Parker’s throwing on ‘The Slow Rush’, there are enough gems floating around the room here not to need any company.

The Telegraph

There is a level of detail to Parker’s productions that encourages deep listening, a fascination with sound allied to the elaborate arrangements of his Seventies progressive rock heroes.

The Skinny

The Slow Rush is a partial reinvention of the Tame Impala sound, with Kevin Parker arranging vast soundscapes shaded with a human touch.


On his fourth album, Kevin Parker takes a breath and eases into a smoother psychedelic sound. Even without the adrenaline-filled highs, the compositions are as rich and thoughtful as ever.

The Independent

Parker is a master of studio songcraft; each track flows seamlessly from one to the next in one cohesive journey, capturing uplifting, laidback summer vibes throughout.

The Guardian

As ever, his fourth album – the first in five years – has been crafted, considered, then crafted some more.


He finds himself in fresh new waters, but with 'The Slow Rush', Tame Impala are walking on the surface with an untouchable confidence.


In spite of the additional pressures fostered by the success of Currents, he has risen to the occasion with an album full of the necessary girth and scope, which doesn’t succumb to the forces of inertia.

The Observer

As The Slow Rush builds, you have to hold on tight to the idea that, despite the musical lengths Parker used to go through to camouflage his lyrics, he is actually one of our most intriguing confessional singer-songwriters.

God Is in the TV

Kevin Parker is both philosophical and heartfelt about the subject of time on Tame Impala ambitiously-produced, eclectic and absorbing new album The Slow Rush.

No Ripcord

While The Slow Rush is undeniably an electronic pop album, it doesn’t teeter so far off into club banger territory that it taints Tame Impala’s established aesthetic. Rather, it accentuates their love for sonic texture.

The Sydney Morning Herald

True to its name, The Slow Rush is stealthily enchanting, casting a spell that deepens with every repeat listen.

Record Collector

His knack for alchemising an engrossing trip hasn’t deserted him yet.


The Slow Rush proves the rewards of taking time; Kevin Parker is an artist worthy of yours.

Q Magazine

Tame Impala might be operating in a field of one, but even then, Kevin Parker is still streaks ahead.


Parker proves good songwriting can hold the basis of a band’s sound, and despite the lack of guitar here, The Slow Rush does just that. It’s not as pristine as previous entries, but it certainly holds up Tame impala’s incredible reputation.

The Line of Best Fit

While lacking the convention-breaching identity of Currents, Tame Impala commits to a formula that will undoubtedly guarantee heavy rotation – an album sporting plenty of standouts and very little filler.

Consequence of Sound

The gentle care with which Parker attends his music lulls the listener into his black hole, where time and reality are warped beyond definition.

Under The Radar

It is immaculate music, loaded with little side roads and detours, and I will listen to it probably hundreds of times, but there’s that little something missing, that dagger to my chest, that shiver up my spine that I thought would hit me long before now.

Rolling Stone

Focus too deeply, and it feels less like a collection of songs and more like a showplace for his sonic finery. As mood music, though, it’s a sweet trip.


The record is overflowing with ideas—sometimes to its own detriment—but even heavy bass and bubbling synths can’t mask some god-awful lyrics.

Classic Rock

The Slow Rush casts the same spectral psych web over classic funk pop and house, ironically utilising genres that famously live for the moment to explore the weavings of time and memory.


By its second track, Kevin Parker promises "I'm about to do something crazy"; the album not only doesn't, but proceeds to give an hour of expensive, polished soundscapes that never dare to be groundbreaking. The result is meticulous but lacks edge.

Spectrum Culture

Listening to The Slow Rush is never unpleasant, but only rarely does a stray lyric or change-up grab attention in the way that Tame Impala’s previous work so frequently commanded.


This album will be fantastic at your next backyard barbecue. It's upbeat, fashionable and sounds great in the background when you're only half paying attention.

Crack Magazine

The Slow Rush borders on pastiche at times, but it makes a successful pitch for festival headline slots and Instagrammable mornings after.

The Needle Drop

The Slow Rush's deep cuts don't deliver on the promise of its introspective and infectious lead singles.

A.V. Club

Parker’s long-awaited Currents follow-up, The Slow Rush, isn’t quite as interesting as its predecessors in terms of songwriting and production, and this gap makes Parker’s lyrical weaknesses more challenging to ignore.

Beats Per Minute

Tame Impala have failed to take an incredibly effective and timeless formula to new heights.

Submerging myself in the self-examining, contemplative lyricism, I imagined, swallowed up within the sand dunes, Kevin Parker in his mid-30s, married and successful, years of weight piling up by his doorsteps, finally getting a grip of reality, a brief moment of clarity out of the sand. Seeing the light in the clearing at last, he steps forth for self-liberation, overcoming the obstacles that've sheltered him for so long: the pressure of his music career, a dead father, an unhealthy fixation on ... read more
When I wrote about Innerspeaker I discussed a conversation that I had with a local record store owner about how the albums of Tame Impala represented different decades of music. Innerspeaker exists as an homage to 60s psychedelic rock music, with a distinct garage feel - still incorporating the heavy perfectionist production employed by mastermind Kevin Parker but still working more with some distorted elements. Lonerism moves towards a more 70s style of psychedelic rock, with even heavier ... read more

In the world of indie music, a new Tame Impala album is a bit like Christmas. In the evening, Santa Parker stops in front of our thatched cottages to place twelve beautifully wrapped psychedelic gifts under the tree. This year, the gift wrap was signed Neil Nrug and the Christmas date fell on February 14th.

At midnight, the carefree fan rushes onto the streaming platforms, vibrating with excitement. But for the first time, his face is decomposing: he received the ... read more
Part of me was hoping that this would be my first Is not

However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the shit out of this.

Upfront, I am quite the Tame Impala fan, as many of us are. Currents is my highest rated album on AOTY, so part of me was hoping that Slow Rush would eclipse it.

I think Slow Rush expands on the vibe-centered, neo-psych elements of Currents. A lot of the tracks are drum driven, with swirly twirly synth leads and reverb out of the ass. Combine that ... read more
Tame Impala’s output over the 2010s has been nothing short of great. Currents and Lonerism were both amazing psychedelic rock albums and some of the best from the genre the 2010s have to offer, however, The Slow Rush finds Tame Impala at their stalest and most uninspired.

It hurts to say, because this is most likely the only Tame Impala album we will get for years and because of how much I love Kevin Parker’s artistic output, but Tame Impala are running on fumes off of the sound ... read more
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Added on: October 25, 2019