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Album Review: The Slow Rush by Tame Impala

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After nearly five years without a release, Kevin Parker comes out with his fourth studio album, The Slow Rush. Even though it has been five years, he has been involved with the music world and has worked with plenty of high-profile artists. This album has been hinted for a few years now, but it has finally been released and fans are going crazy over it. With several release parties, accidental shelving at stores, and more, this album has been heavily commercialized and has garnered plenty of attention to push Tame Impala into the mainstream. Despite mainstream attention, Kevin Parker has kept his songwriting fresh and intriguing. However, if I were to describe the sound of this album, I would say it is a mix between Lonerism and Currents.

The first track off the album is One More Year. Throughout most of the track, you can hear an electronic-like voice repeating "One more year." The voice is chopped up so it almost sounds like a stutter. Kevin's vocals are different from his classic, high-pitched and falsetto singing, but it's definitely not a bad thing. He talks about the concept of time and how some people are stuck in this time loop of doing the same thing every single day. He also talks about how you need to change up your everyday routine and try something new.

Instant Destiny brings us back to Kevin's normal, high-pitched, falsetto singing, and it is reminiscent of the Currents era. Mostly because of the synths, horn sections, and electronic instruments. A lot of fans are speculating that this track is about his proposal to his wife, Sophie Lawrence. Kevin himself said that he wants to be reckless with their futures and live their lives to the fullest.

Next, we have a track that many of us are familiar with, or at least, were familiar with. Several months before the release of the album, he teased a new track called Borderline. However, Kevin didn't like the first version and changed it up a bit. In the new version, he shortened the playtime and emphasized the bass/synths and drum beats. The drums have definitely played a huge role on this album. While fans are mixed on what version they like better, I can clearly say I love this version more.

After that, we have Posthumous Forgiveness which is probably my favorite track off the album. I love this track since it reminds me of some of his older work. I haven't disliked any of his recent music, but Currents was a huge shift for me. This track speaks a lot of emotion and Kevin talks about the death of his father. The track is split into two parts. The first part talks about how he disliked his father and all of the negative emotions he had towards him. The second half does a complete 180, and the instrumental on the second part always gives me chills. On the second half of the track, Kevin talks about how he misses his father and what he would do to get him back.

Breathe Deeper is the next track off of the album. It definitely sounds like it would be a b-side track to Currents, but with a more psychedelic feeling. You can't go wrong with the reverbed vocals during the chorus. The last minute of the track is very interesting with the synth chords. The opening synth notes remind me of early 2000s techno/trance music. On this track, Kevin talks about how breathing can help solve stressful situations. I can definitely attest to this with the stress at my workplace.

Tomorrow's Dust is the track that has been featured on a lot of the Facebook ads for the promotion of this album. I was actually really looking forward to this track, but was disappointed when I heard the final version. The guitar riffs that I heard for the advertisements aren't as prominent on the track and were kind of lackluster. It is still a great track, but I was definitely underwhelmed by that part.

On Track is a beautiful track that slowly grows in instrumentation. I wasn't a huge fan of this one at first, but it's definitely growing on me. The instruments used during the chorus just encapture you, especially the piano that continues throughout the entire track. Kevin Parker talks about how life will throw you problems and issues, but he's still lucky to have what he has and will face those issues when they arise.

Lost In Yesterday was the last single released for the album. I wasn't a huge fan when this track was released, and I'm still not a huge fan, but I wasn't too worried for the outcome of the album when I listened to it. This track talks about nostalgia and how you should let go of bad memories that have happened long ago. He also pays homage to the movie, Groundhog Day.

Is It True is a fun, dance-like song that has an amazing bass and drum groove going on. During an interview, Kevin revealed that this song is about someone who shuts out love because they're afraid of the future and how uncertain it is. He also said that he only spent eight hours to create this track, so I'd say it's impressive.

It Might Be Time validated my excitement for this album and is definitely a groovy track that you can jam to. The synth and drum beat is definitely a highlight of this track. Kevin talks about how people change over time and that you aren't the same person as you used to be a few years ago.

Glimmer is surprisingly the shortest track on the album, just clocking in a little over two minutes in length. The track starts off with a snippet from a podcast Kevin listened to. Then, when the music comes in, it sounds like something that could be in the vaporwave genre. Apparently, he was just messing around with some of his equipment when creating this track.

The last track off the album is One More Hour. It is also the longest track off the album, clocking in over seven minutes in length. Throughout the track, you can hear the roaring guitar notes that are repeated over and over, just to add emphasis to the track. Just like most of the album, he focuses on the concept of time and how he got to this point in his life.

Kevin Parker is always changing direction with his solo project, Tame Impala. However, he always knows what his fans want and can always go back to his roots to make interesting music. Hopefully he continues to change and evolve with his music over time.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Favorite Tracks: Posthumous Forgiveness, Tomorrow's Dust, On Track, Is It True, It Might Be Time

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