Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
The Slow Rush
74
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Inglume
60
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
MasterCrackfox
91
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
EarCandy
NR
The Slow Rush is finally here! It’s been an especially long five years, but you know what that means, no more days of wondering what the release date would be and uselessly longing for new material. We can finally sink our figurative teeth into this fresh new batch of tracks! Do i sound overly obsessed? Maybe. Now, on to the review. It’s a doozy.

Starting off, Australian multi-instrumentalist Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) is one of my favorite artists of all time, his music speaks to ... read more
WhatTheFunk
61
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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
TommyCook
97
Part of me was hoping that this would be my first 100...it 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
_zeltrxn17
62
Um, hot take?

I've been listening to this for almost a week now, and listened to it twice after its release before talking about it now, and I can sayI'd use this album title to explain its making tbh, but whatever. Tame Impala is one of my fav bands that stood out to me with their psychedelic style and solid, consistent discog so far. I still listen to Lonerism regularly, and while I love Currents a bit less than its predecessor, I still find their switch to pop very great and ... read more
BradTasteMusic
68
Starts off insanely strong, but it is clear that most of the effort went into the first leg of the album. It becomes super monotonous and boring in the second half.
RakkSmells
83
The Slow Rush isn't as immediately gratifying or extraordinary as Lonerism or Currents, but it expands on the atmosphere Currents had set up and steers it in a more synth-heavy disco type of direction that focuses more on being catchy than it does building up massive and emotionally impactful atmospheres like he usually does. Yet, Kevin still doesn't misstep as this is still an amazing album from him all over the board. He immaculately pulls off that sound and creates a really danceable album ... read more
snowman
70
While this isn’t a bad record. this will go down as one of my more disappointing releases of 2020. However, anyone who has been following Kevin Parker for the last 5 or so years saw this coming from a mile away. Since 2012, Tame Impala has moved into a more easy-to-swallow pop friendly sound; and the flavor that once made the band interesting has all but faded at this point.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Currents - the album that Kevin felt pressured to make after years of being compared ... read more
Plats
90
Memories... the passage of time... these are subjects we have plenty of fun thinking about, but they’re also quite scary. As much as we love this, we also might regret it or have that one memory that we try to move past. The passage of time is also a huge factor into our lives, trying to figure out what exactly we want to do to make up for our “short” lifespans. Hell, I’m even trying to figure it out. We just have to face these things, somehow. This is a concept Kevin ... read more
JoaoSantos
NR
Tame Impala’s first album in five years sees them move away from guitars and into mega-poop songwriting. The results are exhilarating.
Doofly
75
I give this album a Tame Impala/10
JustSomeGuy
31
I don't get it.

I've never been crazy about Tame Impala to begin with. I thought that they were a pretty consistent band up until now, with three perfectly good albums under their belt, but I was never as amazed by them as most people seem to be. I've always thought that Innerspeaker was a pretty boring and pointless albeit inoffensive album, but I can see the appeal of it, but up until now that was my hottest take when it came to Tame Impala's music. Both Lonerism and Currents are albums that ... read more
fuckbirds
10
Kevin Parker really made an album full of uninspired white disco trash but with the phaser effect on it and y'all just ate it up
Doublez
85
Although Kevin Parker seems to be back from his space trip, he delivers us the most down-to-earth album of Tame Impala, but make no mistake, this new fabulous sound journey, full of enchanting dreams, still shows one hell of a demonstration of genius. Let's be honest, there's not the same innovative difference between The Slow Rush and the previous effort, like the real "hole" that there was between Lonerism and Currents, placing it below for me. This one sounds more like a continuity ... read more
chunderz
81
Aaah, the most famous export to hail from my humble small city in Australia, Perth.

One of my favourite memories is going to my workmates share house in Fremantle in 2011. We sat out the back of the house, which contained a tiny granny flat at the very back. I asked my friend who was staying in there. He said it was his other housemate and his partner at the time, and that it was largely used for him to make and record music. This other housemate and his band mates joined us and we shared a ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
80
Tame Impala? More like... More like... LAME IMAPLA AHA HA AH AHA AHHAH HAHA AHA

Tame Impala is a Neo-Psychedelia musical project started by THE KING that is Kevin Parker in 2008 (i think im not sure lol), and he grew to be one of my favorite artists, period. the way the synthesizers, the guitars, the drums, and the vocals are meshed together is just mind blowing, making every song feel like an acidic, dreamy, and organized mess. they do not have a bad album: Innerspeaker shows the more rock ... read more
85
(just a heads up, being Australian means we get most albums earlier than the rest of the world, so I just want to qualify that this rating is coming from listening to the finished product, not the leak)

Kevin Parker is a true perfectionist when it comes to his music. Its been five years since he subverted all our expectations with the electro-oriented Currents, so I was imagining his next release to be something altogether different and exciting. Which is why I find The Slow Rush an almost ... read more
soundworld
79
"The Slow Rush" is an oxymoron about how fast or slow time can go. Kevin Parker has put out a conceptually based album exploring the different ways time flows. Everything from the title of the album to the artwork suggests those themes and perhaps also the theme of life moving at a pace that is overwhelming. The songs are very electronic and make extensive use of loops both melodic and percussive, suggesting the reflection of repetition. It's an hour long deep dive of the cyclical ... read more
Doofy
NR
If this had tunes on a par with the standout moments from 'Currents' ('Let it Happen', 'The Less I Know The Better', 'New Person...') then we'd really be talking.

Instead this offers us an even more enveloping production sheen than 'Currents' and also makes its kinship with the first two albums known with all those retro psychedelic washes of noise.

So better than expected.

Still, his weakest album all things considered - and a strict 40 minute run time might have served KP better, NR
40
It actually boggles my mind that the same person who created songs like Apocalypse Dreams and Let It Happen went on to create a record so utterly boring (comparatively). 
Like it’s legitimately sad to see, but I still think all the people that were introduced to Tame Impala due to the success of Currents will lap this album up. I understand that this is the music Parker said he’s always wanted to be doing but I genuinely don’t believe it plays to his strengths, at least this ... read more
BuffaloStaple
65
Nah they killed it tho it's jus long innit
Supertartory
65
Right so I should get to reviewing this shouldn't I? I'm already late to the party. Right. So the new Tame Impala album was slightly disappointing, am I surprised? Yeah kinda to be honest but still, coming from an album like Currents, it's hard to top that. The Slow Rush while feels like a continuation of Currents still decidedly takes a detour from the more synthpop vibe of Currents and decides to go for a lot more of a lo-fi psych sound, similar to Lonerism, except this has less charm.

This ... read more
JeremiahMurphy
90
This album is beautiful. Knew from the singles that this record would just be great as always, such a unique and amazing sound and lyrically the album was so great too. This furtherly solidifies Kevin Parker as truly one of the most creative in today’s music scene and the psychedelic groovy anthems shall stay on repeat. With brilliant soundscapes and transcendy production on top of some great lyrics you can’t miss with it. ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR.
Gloden
70
I don't know about this one. Maybe it'll grow on me, who knows. The production just sounds kinda watered down to me, and overall the album doesn't feel as massive as other projects like Currents and Lonerism. Also I really do be missin' those hot guitar riffs and the occasional grittiness of some of his older work. I don't think this is a bad album, it's just underwhelming and not super memorable. There are definitely some excellent tracks on here, but there are equally as many mediocre tracks. ... read more
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