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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: 81 out of 93
  2. Negative: 3 out of 93
  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
    Is interesting how Kevin uses acoustic guitars now, and how well he uses them, especially in "Tomorrow's Dust". Near the end of the song itIs interesting how Kevin uses acoustic guitars now, and how well he uses them, especially in "Tomorrow's Dust". Near the end of the song it gives a desorienting feeling, a very strong one. It reminds me of the sound Big Thief achieved on their album U.F.O.F. If I'm correct, the last time he introduced in an acoustic guitar an album was on Lonerism, in "Why Won't They Talk to Me?". But in many other songs you can hear that acoustic guitar... like in "Breathe Deeper", "On Track" and "One More Hour". And now Kevin is not alone. In Lonerism he was struggling with the feeling of loneliness, in Currents he was more alone than ever, but he was now okay with it. Finally he's on a different situation; now he's in new territory, in one he isn't used to be, yet, but enjoys being there. Now he's open to new ideas, you can see it in the variety of sounds and rhythms in his new songs. But the house influences are really clear. "Glimmer" has the same function as "Nangs", "Disciples" and "Gossip" in Currents, but only to introduce us to the last song of the album, "One More Hour" which in my opinion is one of his best, sounding like Supertramp as in the energetic and distorted "It Might Be Time". The album is pretty good, almost perfect. But I can say is a little bit dimmed but it's okay. It has the synths we loved from Currents but with the psychedelic atmospheres of Innerspeaker and Lonerism. A perfect mix, I believe. I give it a 9.1 out of 10, not as perfect as Currents but still an interesting and satisfying listening, really accessible but wihtout sacrifying his intense and perfectionist vision.

    (The new version of Borderline could have been better.)
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  5. Mar 9, 2020
    8
    Not as strong of an album as the last release "Currents" but still an overall solid album in Kevin Parker and Tame Impala's catalog
  6. Jul 1, 2020
    8
    For me, instant destiny and on track are not on par with the rest of tracks which let's it down only slightly for me
  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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