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Tame Impala - Currents
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Based on 49 reviews
2015 Ratings: #32 / 1019
Year End Rank: #7
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2015 Ratings: #17
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NOW Magazine

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

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.
Spill Magazine

Currents may seem a bit off-putting to long-time Tame Impala fans with it shift from psych-rock to R&B but the more you listen to the album, the more it grows on you. It sneaks up on you and gets better with each listen.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
FLOOD Magazine

An album with such an emphasis on bricolage could have easily become lifeless, but Parker’s tweaks to the Tame Impala formula all grant Currents a deeper sense of humanity.

Louder Than War

It’s special in many ways. Not only has Kevin Parker taken Tame Impala into a new direction, he’s retained that raw psychedelic feel that made them so great, while adding in new elements that make ‘Currents’ feel like a truly unique album.

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.

Thematically, “Currents” functions primarily as a Post Breakup album, where parker the protagonist; evolvement as an individual weighs down on his relationships.
No Ripcord
Parker is a once-in-a-generation talent, and this album is conclusive evidence of it.

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.


Currents as an album overall is fantastic. There are plenty of catchy grooves and lyrics which makes the entire album have high replay value. However, we can't help but feel that they played it a little too safe.

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.

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.

Spectrum Culture

Hearing a band push itself beyond a sort of sonic stasis will nearly always be far more interesting than hearing retreads of past glories. Tame Impala seems well aware of this and more than willing to challenge its audience. And for that they should be applauded.

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.

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.

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.
The Irish Times

The title of Tame Impala's third full-length record – Currents – suggests a number of things; something popular, flowing, a certain pace, electricity, and a course of action. In many ways this brilliant record encompasses a sense of all these things, managing to sound both acutely personal and universal at the same time.

Q Magazine
This is Parker's finest achievement yet, with the lavish soundscapes and dense atmospherics often anchored with undeniably catchy hooks.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Currents pushes the Perth psych-rockers further into the electronic, its fascinatingly produced tracks balancing pure pop with odd ambience, while its lyrics (especially Eventually) trend break-up record. But the album is most fascinating when Parker grapples with the limits of change.

Record Collector
Despite the great weight of hype, Tame Impala have evolved into a satisfyingly altered form, both alien and humming.
On 'Currents', the pop and electronic quotient is turned up higher, without losing any of its predecessor's winsome, big-hearted aura.

These songs might inhabit unsteady mental states, but each component could have been places with tweezers and a jeweller's loupe.


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.


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.

Slant Magazine

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


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.

From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivd synths, ‘Currents’ is an audiophile’s wet dream.

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

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.

XS Noize

Shorn of a couple of tracks, Currents would be rather special. Instead, it's a very good album with some real highpoints but for an innovator like Parker, it falls slightly short of what you might expect.

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.

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.
Classic Rock
With Parker’s voice haloed in reverb, some of it sounds great, especially eight-minute epic Let It Happen and the gorgeous ’Cause I’m A Man. But quite what his regular audience will make of this change in direction is another matter entirely.
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.


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.”


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.

The Observer

While Parker’s home studio achievement is impressive ... the sonic unity here means the tracks bleed into one another. Currents details a painful rebirth, but you’d never guess as much.

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.

The Arts Desk

Currents is an album that I want to like much more than I do. It’s not a disco album. Not even nearly. It’s also not that psychedelic. It’s basically an exercise in pop with occasional lush melodies, elaborate structuring and, at times, truly, extraordinarily, piss-awful lyrics.

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.


Video Review:

This album is sooooo water tight. For a concept, every single part just falls into place


“Currents” will go down as some of the finest sounding psychedelic pop to date and another defining moment for Tame Impala.


REVIEW REPOST #005. I repost my old reviews, which got no attention, with updated thoughts. Posted this review a year ago but I'm posting it again.

What can I say, this album has some of the strongest vibes you'll find in any album. Like it's so incredibly orgasmic and feel-good, it's hard not to get completely sucked into its own world. The atmosphere created here is absolutely mindblowing, I have no idea how he even did it, but it's absolutely mind-boggling. It sounds like you're in a movie. ... read more


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The perfect indie album. A psychedelic masterpiece.


The best songs are literal masterpieces, and I listen to them regularly. The other songs are... ok. I am having a tough time clicking the 'post' button because I know this is a harsh score and I love parts of this album, but in its entirety it just isn't amazing.

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Added on: May 2, 2015