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The Slow Rush [2 LP][Forest Green]
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Tame Impala (Kevin Parker) will release his fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, out February 14th on Interscope. Recorded between Los Angeles and his studio in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia, the twelve tracks were produced and mixed by Parker. The Slow Rush is Parker's deep dive into the oceans of time, conjuring the feeling of a lifetime in a lightning bolt, of major milestones whizzing by while you're looking at your phone. Pressed on forest green vinyl.
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The cover is a lot more exciting than the music.
The songs are such a joy to listen to. This music seems to grow on me the more I listen to it. Although from first listen I really enjoyed it. The green double vinyl is two heavy duty 180 gram records. Sound quality is great. Beautifully packaged album. Glad Amazon has the free mp3 version with this vinyl purchase. Otherwise I would have been forced to go buy the CD as well so I can listen in the car. Very happy with this purchase. Highly recommended album in whichever format you choose.
I have all of Tame Impala's records on vinyl except Lonerism (I'll get it shortly, don't you worry)! I love the artwork and dark green, almost translucent vinyls of this record. Definitely worth up o $30.
I DO THINK THEY SHOULD INCLUDE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS. About 8-12 years ago all vinyls came with the digital downloads. Now that vinyl has become more popular, its about 50% of the time and it is so dreadful! Regardless of whether you have a streaming service, a person buying the vinyl doesn't want to stream it at sub-par kbps whenever they're on the move. This trend is absolutely terrible and everyone should petition that they re-instate automatic provisions of a code to download 320 kbps tracks of the album upon purchase.
I have said enough. Be well and kind. Have fun with this album; I'm having loads of it!
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The name of the album is apt - a slow rush; just enjoy what happens, go with the flow and any other description that you find pertinent. There’s a meticulous nature of the obsessive with Parker and it shows here more than any other album - Parker works with a range of musicians but this is entirely his baby. His credits are printed firmly with the line “All music written, performed, and mixed by Kevin Parker.” He divides the album into almost environmental tones, with elements that sound very cityscape, some underground, and some sounding like beach summery fun. This is one of the most complex albums made, finely crafted cogs in a massive arrangement to form the entire cohesive sound. This body of work also allows Parker to stretch himself more, whether being held back creatively or the ambivalence of another album, he used that hesitation and twisted it and exposed it like a nerve. Choosing to exercising vexations; using his unease as he stated in an NME interview: “Even with this album, I was doing things that made me uncomfortable just for the purpose of being creative because I’m the most creative when I’m uncomfortable.”
The amount of focus is intrinsic to this album more than at any time before, too much and you get lost in it all, if that is your goal, too little and you wish for something more. It feels like a warm fireplace that radiates heat and light but also snaps and crackles and makes unusual noises that arrest your eyes and ears. In so far as being music for moods it’s right up there as one of the best, this is Pop and Psychedelic genre twisting sorcery to its finest.
Maybe I'm getting old or something, but this album seems to have gone down the same path that Steve Hillage took with his System 7 venture.
Decent music, but not of the genre I wanted to listen to.
One More Year has to be one of the ugliest album openers I've heard in a long time. It seeks to recapture the repetitive vocal motif of Lonerism's 'Be Above It' but, like a lot of this album, has the horrible timbres and tropes of 70s/80s yacht rock/AOR bilge - a stoned soujourn in an expensive studio. In their past settings, I could forgive the lyrical simplicity but here the vocals sound trite and lazy. A glimmer of hope appears in the final two minutes of Posthumous Forgiveness but that is a short-lived tease.
The only moments that really grabbed me are during the one/two punch of Lost in Yesterday's Bhundu Boys-sounding Jit and the Homework-era Daft Punk buzz of Is It True.
Rounding off with One More Hour feels like a drift into further torpor as the urge to hit 'repeat' fades into the distance. Clearly a lot of money and effort have been chucked at this LP but the charm and fun of previous albums has diminished into a lethargic blur of merely acceptable background music. A massive shame.
Gets better with each lesson and seeps into the consciousness.
Just skip track 11. What's the point of 'joke' interludes
Tame impala are great and the album is amazing great sound and vibe
Was aber überhaupt nicht in Ordnung ist mich langsam wirklich in den Wahnsinn treibt, ist der Zustand in dem LPs von Amazon geliefert bei mir Zuhause ankommen. Über gequetschte Ecken etc. mache ich mir schon keinen Kopf mehr, das scheint kaum vermeidbar zu sein. Aber diese Lieferung hat wirklich den Vogel abgeschossen. Die linke obere Ecke ist komplett zerknickt und somit der Inhalt, bist dorthin wo die Platte anfäng und Resistenz gibt, ebenso. Somit sind die schönen Grafiken die mitgeliefert wurden also auch unbrauchbar und das aufklappen des Gatefolds macht einfach nur traurig.
Also, wer nicht die unbekanntesten Alben kauft, sollte einfach in den Laden gehen und sich die Kopfschmerzen sparen.