*Forgot to take One More Hour out of the Worst Tracks, I actually love it*
It was hard to write up a review for this album tbh. 5 years after his successful last album Currents, The Slow Rush certainly had a lot to live up to. I initially gave this album a 4, but after several relistens I do think the album deserves higher.
To be fair, I think The Slow Rush certainly continues the sounds that Currents explored. The problem is that the new album continues those sounds too well, failing to explore new production or styles.
Instrumentally, this album features the same trippy, synthy melodies we've grown to love. While I thought Currents remained impressively consistent while providing a nice variety of sounds, The Slow Rush doesn't seem as diverse. There are some highlights - Lost In Yesterday, for example, was a nice change in tempo, with an upbeat and funky rhythm. These stand outs are few and far between, however, as most songs around incredibly similar and blur together.
Vocally and lyrically the project is fine. Again, there are some definite highlights. I thought Posthumous Forgiveness was a beautiful experience depicting the troubled relationship Kevin had with his father and how he dealt with that. From a vocal standpoint, Kevin's singing is as good as it always is, like I said: it's fine. Not groundbreaking, not bad, just fine.
I appreciate the themes of time and the flow of life, but overall the album falls short of the standard I have for Tame Impala. It fails to explore new sounds or incorporate interesting features, etc. I initially had this album at a 4, which on our scale translates to "meh", but after several deeper listens I think it really merits "decent with highlights". The songs on their own aren't bad at all, but the album as a whole is not what I was expecting or hoping after such a long wait. Let me know what you think 👇🏿👇🏻