Tame Impala - Currents

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  1. Coldacre

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    album is available for pre-order now.

    they've put 4 songs out there already, big departure from the previous 2 albums. can't say I've liked why I've heard. but I'm hopeful Kevin hasn't totally abandoned psych rock!

    vinyl looks nice :)
     
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    The songs I've heard thus far sound like he co-wrote this album with Kylie Minogue or something. Far be it from me to judge this mans creativity but I really hope the album is stronger overall.
     
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    yeah he did the shiny pop thing on the "Led Zeppelin" b-side, wasn't expecting a whole album of it. really hope there's some riff driven stuff on the newey. he's so good at it!
     
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    I'm a huge Tame Impala fan, and Kevin Parker is a huge influence on me artistically.. that being said, I'm not crazy about the 4 songs I've heard so far off the new album. Not that they aren't good songs, just not my thing. I like his more guitar driven stuff mixed with his pop sensibilities.. but he's definitely grown as an artist. Hopefully this is a phase and he gets back to the rock, but I'm not so sure. He's always mentioned how much he loves bubblegum pop and hinted at going in this direction.
     
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    Album has now dropped, what do people think so far?

    I'm enjoying where Kevin is heading sonically.
     
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    I haven't heard the whole thing yet, but I personally like the songs I've heard and I also think the production losing some of the, for lack of a better term, "intentional lo-fi" elements is a good thing IMO.
     
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    I really like it. If you add the 3 songs he did with mark ronson it feels more well rounded overall. There are only so many great psych guitar riffs a guy can write, so not much guitar work on this one.
     
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    I'm really enjoying it.
    Interesting change in approach, from my perspective.

    But he's pulling it off...
     
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    Here are my thought's on all 3 of their albums so far

    Innervisions: Loved it! Great guitarwork/vocals. 9 out of 10

    Lonerism: It was OK. Not sure what to say in particular just not a ton of tracks I enjoyed. 7 out of 10

    Currents: Really enjoyable. Great synth tracks, wish it had a little more guitar prominent. Very soothing album. It's one of these records where you let the synth wash all over you. Take you to a better place. 8 out of 10
     
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    having my first listen now. I don't think Kevin is playing to his strengths by going synth. there are some good ideas but he falls short. there's a break down in "The moment" where it strips back and this punchy drum beat kicks in. what follows is pretty un-memorable. there's a gap for a really good hook, but it never comes.

    I think he's making the music he likes listening to, not so much what he is good at playing. those high falsetto vocals in "Yes I'm Changing" are not good.

    I'll give it a few more listens to reveal itself, but it's all a bit "coked out 80's blandness"..... nothing like the acid inspired 70's goodness of the previous 2 albums.
     
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    wow, pretty disappointing. found it tough to listen to all the way through . the songs all sound the same and they don't go anywhere.

    man, Jay & Nick are making far better music these days. the GUM album "Delorean Highway" destroys "Currents"! its the album Kevin should have made...

     
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    Wow, need some better melodic evidence than that....
     
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    I agree.. I personally think Nick Allbrook is the most talented of that whole Aussie crew.
     
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    Really a good band. A local FM radio jock said they remind him of a cross between Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. To me it's more like a fusion of Lennon and Floyd. Cool stuff at any rate (love Elephant!).
     
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    Probably not going to be a popular record on a guitar-centric forum.

    I think when it is good, it's amazing, like on Let it Happen and The Moment. There are a few misses scattered throughout, but it's a pretty great effort given that it's an almost complete reinvention of his sound.
     
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    I'm not sure what you mean by 'melodic evidence', but the full album is here. I urge you to listen to it all in one sitting. its truly fantastic. there's great flow, plenty of variation and feel. would love to hear your evaluation of the entire album:

     
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    hang on.... whole "Perth" crew please :p there's more of us in Melbourne / Sydney that are unrelated to the whole Tame / Pond / Mink / GUM / Allbrook thing.

    but yes, I agree.... Nick is the twisted genius in all of this. he's the main man in Pond, and for anyone who's dug deep.... we all know Pond is the better band.

     
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    for the Pond un-initiated.... check out the drummer for them in 2010: (and good old Jay on guitar!.... absolute supergroup)

     
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