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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for Kevin Parker's project was recorded in Los Angeles and Australia.
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Glimmer
It's like oh bass cool You know how I make the bass better? Crank the bass up yeah! You know how I make the kick drum better? Crank the bass up And... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Feb 27, 2020
    90
    “The Slow Rush” is arguably Parker’s most fully realized and satisfying effort to date.
  2. 80
    This is a 57-minute flex of every musical muscle in Parker’s body. Crunchy guitars are largely absent, but we’re left with something far more intriguing – a pop record bearing masterful electronic strokes.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 10, 2020
    80
    The Slow Rush proves the rewards of taking time; Kevin Parker is an artist worthy of yours. [Mar 2020, p.90]
  4. 80
    This fourth LP polishes that dancier sound into his slickest dancefloor-ready music yet.
  5. Feb 19, 2020
    80
    At 58 minutes, it does run a little long—and I probably would’ve cut songs like On Track or the two-minute flatliner Glimmer. But every time I’ve started this album since it clicked with me, I’ve finished it. Isn’t that the most you can ask of any record?
  6. Feb 20, 2020
    75
    Five years removed from Currents, The Slow Rush plays as though no time has passed at all.
  7. Feb 24, 2020
    40
    For those that need a bit of background music The Slow Rush is a competent record, but it’s impossible to actively listen to it for a prolonged period of time without despairing. At least now that this is out, there probably won’t be another one for a few years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 96
  2. Negative: 3 out of 96
  1. Sep 5, 2020
    10
    Years ago, in the beginning, Kevin Parker's nasal singing used to distract me, but when you get used to it, you start to hear the "music"Years ago, in the beginning, Kevin Parker's nasal singing used to distract me, but when you get used to it, you start to hear the "music" instead of the "singer's voice". I'm giving this a 10 because I simply cannot think of anything or any element that you can add to this album and make it better. Definitely one of the best albums of 2020, if not THE best.

    Best songs IMO: Borderline, Lost in Yesterday, Is It True
    Bad tracks: none. all tracks are very good, at least.
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  2. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    At first i gave this album a 7-8. But this album will grow on you the more you listen and as you dive into the lyrics. I really enjoy thisAt first i gave this album a 7-8. But this album will grow on you the more you listen and as you dive into the lyrics. I really enjoy this album every time i listen to it. Expand
  3. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    This album is an absolute masterpiece. Kevin Parker is a genius. He reimagined himself and his sound so perfectly.
  4. Feb 14, 2020
    9
    Such an amazing album. So deep and cohesive. Love it. It's full of emotions.
  5. Mar 2, 2020
    8
    Though rarely rising above functional on a lyrical level, Kevin Parker digs deep musically to deliver a dense, entrancing mix of prog-popThough rarely rising above functional on a lyrical level, Kevin Parker digs deep musically to deliver a dense, entrancing mix of prog-pop tunes, putting an intriguing glittery disco twist on his signature brain-bending psychedelia to great effect.

    Choice Cuts: "One More Year", "Posthumous Forgiveness", "Breathe Deeper"
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  6. Mar 12, 2020
    8
    Five years have passed since their excellent sophomore album 'Currents' was released, so 'The Slow Rush' had high expectations and a lot toFive years have passed since their excellent sophomore album 'Currents' was released, so 'The Slow Rush' had high expectations and a lot to live up to. Overall the album is quite good, though at times does sound like the stereotype of what a Tame Impala album should be, light breezy vocals with a repetitive melodies. Download: Borderline, Breathe Deeper, Lost in Yesterday. Expand
  7. Nov 18, 2020
    0
    Kevin "Minor Genius" Parker has invented a new genre on this album, though I haven't quite decided whether to call it psych-prog soulfunk orKevin "Minor Genius" Parker has invented a new genre on this album, though I haven't quite decided whether to call it psych-prog soulfunk or funkprog psych-soul.

    Music to dance and think to? Been done before. Godd Rundgren meets Prince in the lost city of Atlantis? That'll do.
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