New Tame Impala album The Slow Rush out Feb 14th. New single out now.

torre_avenue

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Oct 25, 2017
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Behind you.
On first listen, it is underwhelming.

There's no moment on this album that feels as mindblowing as "Let It Happen." The tracks don't feel as dynamic as tracks like "Love/Paranoia" or "Eventually". "Currents" felt fresh and exciting, while this plays with the same sonic elements of "Currents" without evolving.

Part of me thinks that this album is to Tame Impala as "Assume Form" was to James Blake: albums that took what were once signature styles and watered them down into something more pop and accessible. Both albums contain the occasional moment of brilliance, but those moments are the minority when they were once the majority.

While I do still enjoy the fact there is a new Tame Impala record out in the world, it's a shame that Kevin went more pop with this record.
 

TheWorthyEdge

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Oct 25, 2017
2,287
Damn. Really am not feeling this all that much. I think Currents was probably too high a mark to hit again but I'm sad that it's not even close.
 

Moonkid

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Oct 25, 2017
3,093
Count me in as someone who's not too hot on Currents. I still dig it but I find myself returning to Lonerism more. That said, I enjoyed a lot of moments/individual bits here. The guitar in the outro to One More Hour is tight and the background vocals to One More Year hit the spot for me. I wish Patience was included but ya can't win them all.

Anyone else feel like Instant Destiny is mis-ordered on the track list?
 

Pikachu

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Oct 25, 2017
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Listened to it all. All I got's to say is they chose the correct songs for singles. The rest is whatever.
 

TheGameshark

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Oct 27, 2017
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Catonsville, MD
I like it on first listen. I didn’t love currents aside from a few tracks so I was really glad listening to this to hear the drums coming back into the mix more. Much of the songs still aren’t as interesting compositionally as much of Lonerism or Innerspeaker.
 

RoKKeR

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Oct 25, 2017
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I also have to say the cover art is fucking incredible, too. He always nails the "aesthetic".
 

hughesta

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Oct 25, 2017
5,225
Gonna light up later and listen to this. Loved their EP, Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Didn't like Currents much at first but it grew on me even if it is my least favorite.

Interested in how I feel about this one. Also as someone who has depression and social anxiety I still find a lot of Kevin's lyrics kinda cringey.
Kev has his moments for sure but on the whole I have to agree that he's a pretty bad lyricist.
 

ChrisR

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Oct 26, 2017
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I know Posthumous Forgiveness doesn't sample Redbone, but fuck with it being so close why not just sample it
 

Moonkid

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Oct 25, 2017
3,093
Lsst forty seconds to One More Hour deserves to be like, stretched out to five minutes more. Hope that's the way he goes for the live show, Mind Mischief with Sestri Levante is a different beast.
I know Posthumous Forgiveness doesn't sample Redbone, but fuck with it being so close why not just sample it
Could be completely off here but I think Redbone's in a major key and PF sounds minor. Different vibe.
 

Typographenia

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Oct 27, 2017
255
Los Angeles
Really enjoyed it on first listen, but not as much as the other albums on first time through.
Seems like an album that will grow on me more in subsequent listens.

The only thing I'm actively not happy about is not including "Patience" on this record. I can't understand that decision.
 

hughesta

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Oct 25, 2017
5,225
Really enjoyed it on first listen, but not as much as the other albums on first time through.
Seems like an album that will grow on me more in subsequent listens.

The only thing I'm actively not happy about is not including "Patience" on this record. I can't understand that decision.
album is already too long, putting in another five minute song would not have helped
 

Monkey DTT

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Oct 28, 2017
3,003
USA West Virginia
It's solid, I'm a big fan of breathe deeper and borderline (I purposely waited for the album before listening). I'll need to hear it more over time but right now it's like a solid 8 for me. He's done better but it's still good stuff
 

Plover

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Oct 27, 2017
130
I was obsessed with the Borderline single for ages so I'm not feeling the album version at all.
 

marmalade

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Nov 28, 2018
286
Melody Echo Chamber last record was a better Tame Impala record than anything Tame Impala's done after their breakup.
 

yagal

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Oct 25, 2017
1,746
On first listen, it is underwhelming.

There's no moment on this album that feels as mindblowing as "Let It Happen." The tracks don't feel as dynamic as tracks like "Love/Paranoia" or "Eventually". "Currents" felt fresh and exciting, while this plays with the same sonic elements of "Currents" without evolving.

Part of me thinks that this album is to Tame Impala as "Assume Form" was to James Blake: albums that took what were once signature styles and watered them down into something more pop and accessible. Both albums contain the occasional moment of brilliance, but those moments are the minority when they were once the majority.

While I do still enjoy the fact there is a new Tame Impala record out in the world, it's a shame that Kevin went more pop with this record.
I couldn't have said it better myself
 

JonCha

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Oct 29, 2017
279
UK
There's enough here that I like to get my super excited to see them live. A few bangers here for sure, at least.
 

RedEye

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Oct 25, 2017
343
Album is great, dont know if it hits the same highs as Currents but i definitely want to pick up the 2 colored vinyl
 

Emergency & I

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Oct 27, 2017
4,483
Record is excellent. It’s not Currents but I didn’t anticipate that nor expect it. Kevin’s drum programming is unmatched.

Seeing them and Clairo at The Forum in a couple weeks. So pumped.
 

SoundLad

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Oct 30, 2017
892
After first listen, I like it mostly. There's a few I really enjoyed and the production is mint all around.

It doesn't reach the heights of Innerspeaker or Lonerism though. Not even close.
 

Walker_Boh

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Oct 25, 2017
679
Boise, Idaho
Outside of the singles, my favorite tracks are: Breathe Deeper, Tomorrow's Dust, and Is It True. One More Hour is the weakest track for me and I'll probably skip it in the future.
Edit: It's a shame he cut Patience from the album. I thought it was really good.
 

MattyG

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Oct 25, 2017
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I like it, but after one listen nothing new hits me on the level of the singles, and DEFINITELY not as hard as Currents. Gonna give it more time though, I'm sure it'll grow on me
 

DickGrayson

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Jan 30, 2020
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Was listening to a random new music playlist and really vibbing on a song and it turns out it was Tame Impala wtf
 

cb1115

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Oct 25, 2017
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One More Year ---> Instant Destiny ---> Borderline is a hell of a way to kick off an album
 

Fendajaz

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Oct 29, 2017
611
This album is layered as fuck. Definitely need multiple listens to dig it. Lost in Yesterday is my favourite so far
 

metalslimer

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Oct 25, 2017
5,530
Weird he cut patience when he redid borderline ror the album. Feel like he could have done some additions if he wasnt happy with it
 

Nothus

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Oct 26, 2017
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Favourite tracks so far are Borderline, Tomorrow's Dust, On Track, Lost in Yesterday and Is It True.