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Currents

Tame Impala

2015

Currents
Album Summary

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Currents is the third studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala, released on 17 July 2015 by Modular Recordings. It was released by Interscope Records in the United States and by Fiction Records in the United Kingdom, while Caroline International released it in other regions. Like the project's previous two albums, Currents was written, recorded, performed, and produced by Kevin Parker. For the first time, Parker mixed the music and recorded all instruments by himself; the album featured no other collaborators. After the release of his previous album, Lonerism (2012), Parker began work on Currents, largely recording at his home studio in Fremantle. He engrossed himself with writing and recording, and in keeping with his reputation as a musical auteur, laboured over the details of each song, ultimately causing the release date to be delayed by two months. In contrast to the psychedelic rock sound of the project's prior work, Currents marks a shift to more dance-oriented music, with more emphasis placed on synthesisers than guitars. Parker was inspired to seek a change out of desire to hear Tame Impala's music played in dance clubs and a more communal setting. Thematically, the record is about the process of personal transformation, which many critics interpreted to be the result of a romantic breakup. The album's cover art depicting vortex shedding is a visualisation of these themes. Currents was supported by the release of the singles "Let It Happen", "'Cause I'm a Man", "Eventually" and "The Less I Know the Better". The album became the project's best charting release, debuting at number one in Australia, number three in the United Kingdom, and at number four in the United States. As of January 2023, Currents has sold over one million copies in the United States. Like its predecessors, the album received critical acclaim and appeared on various critics' lists of the best albums of 2015. At the 2015 ARIA Music Awards, Currents was awarded Best Rock Album and Album of the Year, and it also received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and the J Award for Australian Album of the Year. In December 2021, the album was listed at number 12 in Rolling Stone Australia's list of the "200 Greatest Australian Albums of All Time", and in 2020, Rolling Stone ranked Currents 382nd on its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".

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3.46

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67

Genres

  • Rock

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Tue Mar 12 2024
3

Interesting and original band, but overrated in my opinion. Lots of filler in their albums. Always a great song or two, a few OK ones and rest are simply boring and uninspired. Here, 'Let It Happen' and 'The Less I Know the Better' are the ones to keep

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Sun Apr 07 2024
1

This band is so lame. Just laaaaaaame. 1/5.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
5

Wow this was great! I can tell Childish Gambino is a Tame Impala fan; I hear a lot of Because of the Internet here.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
5

It is truly crazy that this didn't make the list but acts that definitely bit Tame Impala did. Good entry.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
4

Currents has the individual earworms and also plays like a mix. Parker's a studio genius, of course, so the funk has no burrs on it. If there was ever a record to get you properly excited about a group in fractal, it's this one.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
4

Really cool album. Although it's a lot of the same sometimes

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Wed Mar 06 2024
4

It's good, however it's perhaps a bit TOO polished and one-dimensional in it's lyrical structure for my tastes.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
4

A dreamy blend of electronic elements with a rock backbone.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
4

Some great moments. Come on Superman say your stupid line Also, I think Lonerism should be on the 1001 for sure

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Mon Mar 18 2024
4

Tame Impala being one dude is the inverse of Steely Dan being two dudes. I think if I had listened to this album when I was in high school around when it came out it would have been life changing but as it is it’s a great album. 8/10

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Sat May 11 2024
4

Should be on the original list.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
3

I do admire wat Kevin Parker is capable of producing. Some really catchy ear-worm on this album. But apart from those, the other songs tend to be too much on the mellow side for my taste. The previous two Tame Impala records had more edge and urgency to them. Here it all seems to blend into one big sunny festival soundscape.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
3

I really like this. Especially the openingtrack and Yes I'm Changing are one of my favorites. But that's simply not for the entire album.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
3

No real objection to this other than like most music that is entirely produced by a single person, there is a manufactured feel to it - lacking something of the dynamic energy of the a collective effort. I'd be interested in hearing some live versions with his touring group.

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Mon Mar 18 2024
3

6/10. Someone give me a heads up if they ever make a feral impala, that might be more exciting to listen to.

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Fri Apr 19 2024
3

It’s alright but not super compelling. 3 stars.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

Important record of the last decade, but not much of my taste.

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