Tame Impala has released their (really his) 4th full length, The Slow Rush. Out on 2/14.
The closest something gets to average it offends fewer and fewer people. Budweiser is a good example of this. It appeals to the most while offending the fewest.
While this may come across as nonsense it’s what I think of after giving this album a week.
I can’t help but listen to this album and think how safe it sounds. Musically I find it a bit too bland and it doesn’t have any real interesting music hooks. Most of it is quite forgettable really. Danceable, electronic-like drums washed over with vocals and mostly repetitive filler keyboards.
Lyrically nothing really stands out as that special, though Tame Impala has never really been known for ground breaking lyrics.
In its defense though I don’t find it as cheesy and poppy as much of Currents, which I also didn’t care for except for Let It Happen which is a banger of a tune.
It’s like a completely different band from Innerspeaker and Lonerism even though it’s the same singular guy, as odd as that is. It’s not like they lost the main song writer, or a key guitarist. Tame Impala went from hypnotic, psychedelic rock with warmth and personality to bland and safe, even boring, pop. It’s missing the eccentricity that Innerspeaker and Lonerism had.
It’s not all lost as there are some good moments. Tomorrow’s Dust is not far from something you might hear from Radiohead. (Weird Fishes or Reckoner)
We’re in a world where Post Malone and The Chainsmokers sell out large venues so I’m not surprised that this will be popular. Budweiser sells a lot of beer too.
Time to put to bed the idea that Tame Impala will release any new music that appeals to me like Innerspeaker and Lonerism did.
If you’re looking for music that is of the same flavor as early Tame Impala releases then check out this playlist on Spotify. (spotify psychedelic rock)