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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 539 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 15 out of 539
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  1. Jul 18, 2015
    4
    I've always had a kind of love/hate opinion of this band. The bubble wrapped psych pop of their last two albums, which sounds identical to the beatles, has fit happily inside my guilty pleasures cabinet. Unfortunately this time around, the tracks are bad, often embarrassing. "Past Life" is an awful song featuring a sleazy, modulated vocal monologue in a soup of poorly auto-tuned songsI've always had a kind of love/hate opinion of this band. The bubble wrapped psych pop of their last two albums, which sounds identical to the beatles, has fit happily inside my guilty pleasures cabinet. Unfortunately this time around, the tracks are bad, often embarrassing. "Past Life" is an awful song featuring a sleazy, modulated vocal monologue in a soup of poorly auto-tuned songs (They don't even bother cleaning up the vocals by the time Love/Paranoia comes around). Throughout, his dry falsetto has lost any sense of personality or emotion. Hiccuping - track-skipping effects like on the first two tracks seem to try and warp the space around these soulless tunes add some texture.

    A lot of tracks repeat the trick of dazzling you with some bite-size soaring hook only to repeat it a bunch of times until it's ridden into the ground.. kinda like slowly drinking a can of sugar-free orange soda. That aftertaste just keeps ruining whatever good ideas are here (and there are a few).

    The aesthetic is not the psych pop of yesteryear, rather it's this kind of shoegazy-lazy-schmaltzy-glitzy contemporary electro-indie-dance stuff that's humiliating to try and dance along to. Caribou did it too, Panda Bear did it too - I still like all these bands but it's getting to that point in the relationship where i'm doing a lot of rationalizing just to keep things going. Could be I'm just not on the same drugs they are.
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  2. Jul 21, 2015
    5
    I'm not a critic. I'm a fan. Currents seems that is not Tame Impala. They could change the name of the band. When you totally changes the essence of the band, you will disappoint many fans.
  3. Sep 7, 2015
    5
    Currents is a record that tries to be pop, but fails: it is just an indie album for alternative-boy/girl-wannabe. Songs aren't unforgettable and the inspiration seems to be gone. The production is refined and it's the main value of the product.
  4. Jul 31, 2015
    4
    This album is an exceptional pop album... if you skip past life and also don't speak English or look at the lyric sheet. Kevin Parker tries to shoehorn in this poorly written, but interesting in concept, narrative and it just completely kills the album.
  5. Jul 29, 2015
    5
    Well, after two similar albums from 2010-2012 Tame Impala has changed it's sound (almost it's genre at all) in a - in my opinion- regressive way.
    'Currents' sounds like downtempo synth music, electronic house or something like that... The beat is much simpler, constant, it lacks bridges and tune changings, jamming with delay effects and all (amazing points of psychedelic music) and
    Well, after two similar albums from 2010-2012 Tame Impala has changed it's sound (almost it's genre at all) in a - in my opinion- regressive way.
    'Currents' sounds like downtempo synth music, electronic house or something like that... The beat is much simpler, constant, it lacks bridges and tune changings, jamming with delay effects and all (amazing points of psychedelic music) and sometimes it has too many heavy effects and software stuff too.
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  6. Feb 23, 2020
    6
    Let It Happen is a great tune and reminiscent of earlier Tame Impala releases. However, after that I have no interest in the rest of it. It sounds not too far from a 90s boy band trying to be psychedelic. Way too poppy and flat out cheesy for my taste.
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84

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jul 30, 2015
    89
    Danceable grooves and R&B beats heighten the disc's eclectic imagination.
  2. Jul 27, 2015
    80
    It is sparkling and wistful, and it's quite lovely.
  3. Jul 27, 2015
    90
    His synth work on this record is nothing short of remarkable, and his ability as a producer is further enhanced to a level at which he has no contemporaries. Parker is a once-in-a-generation talent, and this album is conclusive evidence of it.