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Tame Impala’s front man and also technically the only band member Kevin Parker is unpredictable when it comes to his music choices and you can sense there is heavy experimentation in every project he has released.
However, they all come together excellently and Currents is a good enough testament for everyone to in doubt as he takes you on a psychedelic road trip around one of the best projects of 2015.
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Currents take those ideas about Parker’s proper place concerning genre and deconstruct them. You can see this example in the opener and lead single, “Let It Happen”, is an 8-minute synth-rock melody fit for a Coachella festival.
The implementation and concepts from various genres are complete with a purpose and show the level at which Kevin Parker takes his craft. Thematically, it is a breakup album but it does not come with the victimization you will expect from an album with that label.
It’s preoccupied with self-examination and change and it’s great to see such honesty. Some of the best favourite tracks from the record are “New Person”, “Same Old Mistakes”, a song which Rihanna covered in her 2016 album “Anti” The whole feel of this song is hypnotic and ridiculously sexy.
On “Disciples“, a spacey rock jam, Parker aims some shots at his ex-girlfriend, Melody Prochet from Melody’s Echo Chamber (whose only album was produced by Parker), and also the effects of fame, It is so refreshing for a rock star to acknowledge these trappings of fame, and from all accounts.
The track “Cause I’m a Man” brings 80’s glam rock to life and is reminiscent of the work of Prince and Kevin Parler hits home. Every song is so masterfully crafted there is not a song that completely stands out from another.
The album is mind-blowing in every sense of the word and it is safe to say it is better than his previous album “Lonerism“. It is an inspiring example to create and be yourself despite the critics because whatever you do they will always be there. The album is a 9/10.