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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release for the Australian psychedelic rock band led by Kevin Parker.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jul 16, 2015
    100
    The whole thing has a beautiful and unexpected tenderness to it.
  2. Jul 13, 2015
    93
    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.
  3. Jul 20, 2015
    90
    This is as close to pop perfection as music as seen in quite some time.
  4. From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivd synths, Currents is an audiophile’s wet dream.
  5. Jul 17, 2015
    80
    It might not hit with the sit-up-and-listen immediacy of previous albums, but make no mistake, Currents is just as accomplished.
  6. Jul 15, 2015
    80
    Currents is melodic, pretty, but there's a pervasive sense of melancholy here; each uplifting track feels as though it's masking sorrow with shimmering synth, a teaspoon of sugar to help the medicine down.
  7. Jul 13, 2015
    40
    The most frustrating thing about Currents is that, for probably the first time, it seems like Parker is writing songs that would be pretty decent and probably interesting if he freed them from this musty aesthetic and gave them room to express themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 67
  2. Negative: 2 out of 67
  1. Jul 22, 2015
    10
    The 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!!
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  2. Nov 14, 2019
    10
    so amazing and good thanks i'm crying! hihi haha ne boistya oi! Thanks again!
  3. Jul 23, 2015
    10
    Loveless, 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
  4. Aug 7, 2015
    9
    Tame Impala's vocalist, producer, and songwriter Kevin Parker takes his music to a whole new level of synth-pop, disco, and R&B. My favoriteTame Impala's vocalist, producer, and songwriter Kevin Parker takes his music to a whole new level of synth-pop, disco, and R&B. My favorite tracks in the album are Let It Happen, The Moment, Eventually, The Less I Know the Better, and New Person, Same Old Mistakes.

    SCORE: 9/10
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  5. Apr 2, 2020
    9
    Even 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
  6. Mar 20, 2016
    9
    First review of an album and I almost felt compelled to do this album because the way it opens with Let It Happen and then I just become fullyFirst review of an album and I almost felt compelled to do this album because the way it opens with Let It Happen and then I just become fully hypnotized in this record. Only issue is the verse's in Past Life the deep vocals are not really necessary.
    The Hip Flick Rating: 94/100 (A)
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  7. Sep 15, 2015
    1
    Well, 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.
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