Jul 22, 2015The funny thing with most of the nay-sayers of this record is that they say that Currents is far removed from the psych-pop/rock of the firstThe funny thing with most of the nay-sayers of this record is that they say that Currents is far removed from the psych-pop/rock of the first two records and that surely Kevin Parker (KP) knew he would piss off some their hardcore fans but I personally feel that this record feels like the most natural progression of Tame Impala.
Inner Speaker, the first record, was a pure psych-pop/rock record but even then you could already tell that KP had a thing for pop melodies and writing catchy songs. Lonerism, their second record, already took quite a bit of the psych out but there was still enough of it to sooth the psych fans.
Currents takes pretty much all the psych out of Tame Impala and leaves us with one of the best pop records in a long while and KP wanted that exactly. It wasn't a decision to cash in or to change direction but something he's been working towards with the two previous records.
But KP says it best on the final track of the record itself:
"I can just hear them now
"How could you let us down?"
But they don't know what I found
Or see it from this way around
Feeling it overtake
All that I used to hate
Finally taking flight
I know you don't think it's right
I know that you think it's fake
Maybe fake's what I like"
Deal with it kids!!… Expand
Jul 23, 2015Loveless, Kid A, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Lonerism are recent cases of notable albums (between so many others) which added value, proficiency andLoveless, Kid A, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Lonerism are recent cases of notable albums (between so many others) which added value, proficiency and responsiveness to break new ground and to propel the momentum towards a future of great abundance of worthwhile music albums. Now, Currents joins the elite marking what should be Tame Impala's most glorious work.… Expand
Feb 13, 2016Tame Impala's third full-length album 'Currents' is one of the most enjoyable albums of the past year. It's synthpop style is excellent andTame Impala's third full-length album 'Currents' is one of the most enjoyable albums of the past year. It's synthpop style is excellent and the lyrics are very well written actually. The first half of the album is excellent, not a single problem with it. The songs are catchy, with good melody and fun lyrics.
Opener 'Let It Happen' is a fantastic 7 minute track that doesn't get boring at any second, followed by interlude 'Nangs' and 'The Moment' into a bunch of awesome songs.
However I do have problems with some songs such as 'Past Life' wich, even if it's a song that I enjoy, it doesn't offer much to it. Also, main single 'Cause I'm a Man never really hooked me up and felt to popy for the record. Last couple of tracks are nothing special and the ending 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes' finishes in an OK note.
All in all, 'Currents' is most of the time an enjoyable album: first 9 tracks are amazing and the last couple of songs are just a bit tiring and not as great as the first half.
Stand-outs: Let It Happen, The Moment, Yes I'm Changing, Eventually, The Less I Know the Better
Weaker tracks: 'Cause I'm a Man, Love / Paranoia… Expand
Apr 2, 2020Even my "everything not mainstream is sh-t" version of me in 2015 liked some of the songs on this spectacular album. I had a science teacherEven my "everything not mainstream is sh-t" version of me in 2015 liked some of the songs on this spectacular album. I had a science teacher routinely play songs off of this album in 2015-2017, and I never knew it was Tame Impala until 2020. Revisiting it in 2020, this is still great. It can drag in the back half, but the outstanding production makes this album even better. Kevin Parker is a musical genius. This is already becoming an "indie" classic, check it out. I'd suggest some very good headphones, no lights on, lying down. This is an experience.… Expand
Sep 15, 2015Well, I think it sucks. I really and honestly do. There are some good things there, sure. But those good things are really hidden tru all thisWell, I think it sucks. I really and honestly do. There are some good things there, sure. But those good things are really hidden tru all this **** poppy, cheesy melodrama feel that goes on on almost every currents song. Lyrics are so awful too, everything sounds quite shallow and adolescent.
My review has nothing to do with music style. Currents is actually bad music, no matter what style we are talking about.
This is really sad, cause Tame Impala used to be an amazing song.… Expand
Published: December 2, 2015Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 140 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|The Who Sell Out [Super Deluxe Edition] [Box Set] - The Who|
|Déjà Vu [50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young|
|One Foot in Front of the Other [Mixtape] - Griff|
|All Things Must Pass [50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] [Box Set] - George Harrison|
|Glow On - Turnstile|
|Sabotage [Super Deluxe Edition] [Box Set] - Black Sabbath|
|We're All Alone In This Together - Dave|
|Access Denied - Ray BLK|
|Let It Be [2021 Mix] [Super Deluxe Edition] [Box Set] - The Beatles|
|Blue Weekend - Wolf Alice|
|Live in Stuttgart 1975 - Can|
|Pink Noise - Laura Mvula|
|Bright Green Field - Squid|
|Long Lost - Lord Huron|
|Conquering - Employed to Serve|
|Sometimes I Might Be Introvert - Little Simz|
|Call Me If You Get Lost - Tyler, The Creator|
|Jubilee - Japanese Breakfast|
|Nine - Sault|
|Former Things - LoneLady|