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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. 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: 78 out of 90
  2. Negative: 3 out of 90
  1. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    This is such an experience. I still haven’t recovered from it. It’s a psychedelic trip you haven’t heard from Tame Impala yet and that’sThis is such an experience. I still haven’t recovered from it. It’s a psychedelic trip you haven’t heard from Tame Impala yet and that’s saying something! Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I love 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 15, 2020
    9
    Comparing this album to his last album, Currents, which was a great album by Kevin, I think this record has a lot of new sounds that KevinComparing this album to his last album, Currents, which was a great album by Kevin, I think this record has a lot of new sounds that Kevin hasn't previously explored. The single 'Lost In Yesterday' feels a lot like 'The Moment' with how it goes. The R&B influence isn't nearly as strong here as it was in Currents, although some of it is still somewhat there. Instead we have a record that is influenced by disco, pop and acid house and it blends together very nicely. The final track, 'One More Hour' is quite possibly my only gripe with this album. It just doesn't have the same impact as 'Sun's Coming Up' or 'New Person, Same Old Mistakes' does. Overall this album is a triumph from start to finish. and fully deserves the praise it is getting from critics. Expand
  5. Feb 16, 2020
    8
    Doesn't have highs like Currents ( The Less I Know The Better) or Lonerism (Elephant), but it is relatively consistent in how good it isDoesn't have highs like Currents ( The Less I Know The Better) or Lonerism (Elephant), but it is relatively consistent in how good it is (until the end). Album is a bit clunky and doesn't flow as well as previous Tame Impala album. It might not be as ambitious as the two albums that came before, but it is a fun record. Good job

    HIGHLIGHTS: Breathe Deeper, Borderline (reworked), One More Hour, Is It True, Lost In Yesterday, It Might Be Time, Instant Destiny
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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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