The Slow Rush (album) by Tame Impala

The Slow Rush
The Slow Rush by Tame Impala (2020)
Release date: New2020-02-14 (released 10 days ago)
Overall rank: 26,546th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 145 votes)
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Tame Impala bestography

The Slow Rush is ranked 6th best out of 7 albums by Tame Impala on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Tame Impala is Lonerism which is ranked number 64 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 22,817.

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60/100
From LedZep 32 hours ago
Gave it 3 listens since it dropped, didn’t want to dismiss it after just 1 listen. So now I’m dismissing it after 3 listens. It’s a big drop in quality after solid Currents, which was in turn a big drop in quality from Lonerism. So yeah, I’m in that fan camp. If it wasn’t for adventurous and unique production, this would be any random band’s mediocre synthpop album. Instead it’s Tame Impala’s mediocre album, which is better I guess. Parker’s voice was never less tangible and emotional, lyrics are the worst he’s written yet and it’s not nearly as catchy/well-written as Currents. I’d still recommend listening to it exactly once on a nice pair of headphones, the production is that good. And I’m still excited for Parker’s future projects too.
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30/100
From Goldenvision67 36 hours ago
A real disappointment of an album. Found myself wanting to skip most of the tracks on the album. If it grows on me, I'll revisit these pages and give a reappraisal, but at this moment in time, I really can't see it.. Poor!
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Rating:  
75/100
From Chris15789 4 days ago
I hated this album the first time I listened to it, but that was with older headphones and outside and, even though the lyrics can be really cringe at times, it just keeps growing on me and I literally "find myself putting it on" a lot on my nicer speakers at home. The production is very good and the beats really land well with me. Fun listen though probably, like many others have said, won't top his earlier stuff.
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From antaiospiano 4 days ago
When our politically correct reverb-hero first stepped to the scene my guess was that he was gonna release a couple of albums that all sound similar and receive varying mainstream appeal. Currents was a hit; this is a miss. But that's no reason to call this album worse than Currents necessarily; they're both redos of Lonerism. The man has one style, so what prevents him of sounding like a one trick pony? The answer is the very same thing that made Currents work and this not: songwriting. A good songwriter can sell a the same thing or a dated thing over and over again without people complaining or even noticing. Just being a good songwriter will never make you culturally relevant though; you need something more, but that's criticism for Lonerism; this album doesn't even do the one thing that makes haters like me look bad: The fact that if you put up a song of him, it is hard to deny that it's good. The album starts with a IDM-ish beat that got me excited for what's to come, but starting from the second track it could all just be Lonerism B-sides... or Currents B-sides. It lacks those moments in Tame Impala songs that just surprise you. Not in the way of "I've never heard that before", but in the more subtle way of unexpected chord progressions or previously unheard synth sounds. On this album all songs just blend to one and it makes me wonder why he even bothered to release it.
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85/100
From Vatsal 5 days ago
The Slow Rush.. really does have an unrelenting groove to it. And its more consistent than his previous releases. The opener and closer tracks are honestly SO good, they keep me going through the rest of the album.

Seeing how much Kevin beat himself up about the expectations from this album, I hope he knows that he did deliver. Currents is undoubtedly a decade defining album, but this is a good one as well. More importantly, it is good enough..

A worthy addition to the Tame Impala discography.
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75/100
From Fertu 02/18/2020 16:04
A good album with Borderline, Breathe Deeper, and Lost In Yesterday as the three highlights.
Compared to the last album some songs do not leave a lasting impression though.
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80/100
From Tidus1997 02/18/2020 15:19
As a fan of his work, I can say this wasn't as good as Lonerism. It wasn't bad either.
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75/100
From maxjelbart 02/18/2020 01:59
In a lot of ways, 'The Slow Rush' is a step-up from Tame Impala's definitive 2015 album, 'Currents'. More sonic risks are taken - the edges feel rougher, the pop-bliss better earned. The deftness of the production on this record more than makes up for some occasional lyrical low-points -- and generally, Kevin Parker's vocal performances are stronger than they've ever been. It never hits the stratospheric highs of the previous two, but it's a much better-rounded whole as a consequence. It's exciting to think about where he'll go next.

Best tracks: "One More Year", "Breathe Deeper", "Is It True", "It Might Be Time"
Worst track: "Instant Destiny"
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80/100
From Cargusbralem 02/17/2020 16:24
My favorite artist from last decade is back with another psychedelic piece of art. While it’s not the apex of his career, it is certainly far from derailing.

As expected, the production is impeccable, and it makes sense that it took him 5 years to release this. I don’t doubt Parker is an extremely meticulous man, and somewhat of a perfectionist. With each release, his focus on production increases significantly, and The Slow Rush is no exception, even having Currents as a predecessor.

It doesn’t start off too strongly and neither does it close very climatically in my opinion, but everything in between is mostly pretty great, with plenty of bangers and highlights. There is a mixture of straightforward and catchy songs (e.g. Borderline, Lost in Yesterday, Is It True), as well as some that might take a little longer to digest (e.g. Posthumous Forgiveness, One More Year, One More Hour). The singles gave a good idea of what was to come, but there were so many of them that I felt like they partially spoiled the album. Nevertheless, there were a few pleasant surprises within the full album experience.

Occasionally, as in previous albums, Kevin will goof around with his instruments and psychedelic effects for a couple of minutes, which is becoming some sort of signature element in his albums’ and some songs’ structures. I mostly enjoy these little moments, it’s like a showcase of soundscapes that Kevin has the skill to create. I particulary love what he did at the end of Breathe Deeper. Sometimes I wish these things were complete songs but we can’t have everything.

Lyrics are personal and straight to the point as usual, but no longer about social anxiety or unrequited love. They're more about nostalgia, thoughts on career, and some personal things of a much deeper nature than usual. As much as I usually enjoy Tame Impala’s lyrics, I don’t know why I felt them kind of awkward at times (e.g. Instant Destiny).

Previously, Tame Impala’s sound had been evolving very clearly from one album to the next. This time it feels like he’s got one foot on Currents, and another one on whatever might come next. Lonerism’s vibe did show a little bit as well, but no trace of Innerspeaker. Congas are a welcome addition to Parker’s music palette. We got a taste of it in the Patience single and I was looking forward to hear some more on the album. Luckily it wasn’t overused or anything, and it reinforces the undeniable groove that most songs deliver.

Overall great album, (8/10) but my least favorite so far. For me his best work is Lonerism (10/10), followed by Innerspeaker (9/10) and Currents (another 8/10). Multiple listens required, I’ve listened to it 4 times for this review and I hope it helps.

Favorites: Lost in Yesterday, Breathe Deeper, Is It True, It Might Be Time
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80/100
From awesomness425 02/17/2020 06:58
Interested in the love this album is getting here. I don’t think this is a bad album by any means, especially in the sense that Parker’s production is still top notch. But, this plays it so safe and there isn’t a lot of songs that I think I will end up revisiting. Posthumous Forgiveness though is a classic Impala song and ranks up as one of their best.
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