The Slow Rush

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The Slow Rush
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush.png
Studio album by
Released14 February 2020 (2020-02-14)
Studio
Genre
Length57:15
Label
ProducerKevin Parker
Tame Impala chronology
Currents
(2015)
The Slow Rush
(2020)
Singles from The Slow Rush
  1. "Borderline"
    Released: 12 April 2019
  2. "It Might Be Time"
    Released: 28 October 2019
  3. "Posthumous Forgiveness"
    Released: 3 December 2019
  4. "Lost in Yesterday"
    Released: 8 January 2020
  5. "Breathe Deeper"
    Released: 14 February 2020[8]

The Slow Rush is the fourth studio album by Australian musical project Tame Impala, released on 14 February 2020.[9][10] It follows the 2015 album Currents and the 2019 singles "Patience" and "Borderline",[11] with the latter serving as the first single from the album.[9]

Background[edit]

After releasing the singles "Patience" and "Borderline" in March and April 2019, the album's release was delayed. "Patience" and "Borderline" were first performed live on Saturday Night Live on 28 March 2019 and received commercial praise.[12] Kevin Parker stated in July 2019 that "Part of the thing about me starting an album is that I have to feel kind of worthless again to want to make music".[13] In October 2019, a video appeared on the band's website, and on 25 October, the video was extended to announce the title of the album and release year.[13] The video features Parker in the recording studio as well as snippets of unreleased music, which would later be included on the album as segments of the track "Tomorrow's Dust".[14] On 18 December 2019, Parker revealed in an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds show that "Borderline" would appear on the album in a reworked updated form, jokingly referring to the single release as the "old 'Borderline'" upon the release of the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[15]
Metacritic81/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[17]
The A.V. ClubC+[18]
The Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[4]
Exclaim!6/10[19]
The Guardian4/5 stars[20]
The Independent4/5 stars[21]
NME4/5 stars[22]
Pitchfork8.0/10[23]
Q4/5 stars[24]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[25]

The Slow Rush was met with acclaim from listeners and music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 20 reviews.[16] Aggregator AnyDecentMusic? gave it 7.8 out of 10, based on their assessment of the critical consensus.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kevin Parker.

No.TitleLength
1."One More Year"5:22
2."Instant Destiny"3:13
3."Borderline"3:57
4."Posthumous Forgiveness"6:05
5."Breathe Deeper"6:12
6."Tomorrow’s Dust"5:25
7."On Track"5:00
8."Lost in Yesterday"4:09
9."Is It True"3:58
10."It Might Be Time"4:33
11."Glimmer"2:08
12."One More Hour"7:13
Total length:57:15

Personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Parker – songwriting, performance, production, mixing, art concept
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Steve Fallone – mastering
  • Glen Goetze – co-executive production
  • Neil Krug – photography, design, art concept

Charts[edit]

Chart (2020) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 1
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[27] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[28] 6
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[29] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 7
Irish Albums (OCC)[31] 3
Italian Albums (FIMI)[32] 20
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[33] 62
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[34] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[35] 5
Scottish Albums (OCC)[36] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[37] 8
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slingerland, Calum (28 October 2019). "Tame Impala Detail 'The Slow Rush,' Share New Song". Exclaim!. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (March 2020). "Tame Impala: Psych-pop adventurer completes long-awaited fourth album". Q. p. 46.
  3. ^ Empire, Kitty (15 February 2020). "Tame Impala: The Slow Rush review – polished disco funk". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b McCormick, Neil (13 February 2020). "Tame Impala, The Slow Rush review: a blazingly modern update of Pink Floyd prog". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  5. ^ Lyons, Patrick (14 February 2020). "The Soft Rock Backbone of Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush': 10 Key Influences". Billboard. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  6. ^ Terry, Josh (14 February 2020). "Tame Impala: Tame Impala's 'The Slow Rush' Is Worth the Wait". Noisey. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  7. ^ Middleton, Ryan (14 February 2020). "Album Review: Tame Impala – The Slow Rush". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  8. ^ "Singles To Radio". The Music Network. 14 February 2020. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  9. ^ a b "The Slow Rush by Tame Impala". Apple Music. Retrieved 3 January 2020.
  10. ^ Yoo, Noah; Bloom, Madison (25 October 2019). "Tame Impala Announce New Album The Slow Rush". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  11. ^ Slingerland, Calum (25 October 2019). "Tame Impala Announce New Album 'The Slow Rush'". Exclaim!. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  12. ^ Rettig, James (25 October 2019). "Tame Impala Announce New Album The Slow Rush". Stereogum. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  13. ^ a b Gwee, Karen (25 October 2019). "Tame Impala confirm title of new album out in 2020". NME. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  14. ^ Ross, Alex Robert (24 October 2019). "Tame Impala's fourth album, The Slow Rush, is out in 2020". The Fader. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  15. ^ a b "The Slow Rush by Tame Impala reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  16. ^ a b "The Slow Rush by Tame Impala Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  17. ^ Sendra, Tim. "The Slow Rush – Tame Impala". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  18. ^ Freedman, Max (14 February 2020). "Tame Impala has nothing left to hide behind on The Slow Rush". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  19. ^ Hudson, Alex (11 February 2020). "Tame Impala The Slow Rush". Exclaim!. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  20. ^ Simpson, Dave (14 February 2020). "Tame Impala: The Slow Rush review – a stunning explosion of heartfelt pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  21. ^ Bray, Elisa; Thomas, Zak (14 February 2020). "Album reviews: Tame Impala – The Slow Rush, and Nathaniel Rateliff – And It's Still Alright". The Independent. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  22. ^ Smith, Thomas (6 February 2020). "Tame Impala – 'The Slow Rush' review: a 57-minute flex of every musical muscle in Kevin Parker's body". NME. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  23. ^ Mapes, Jillian (14 February 2020). "Tame Impala: The Slow Rush". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  24. ^ Catchpole, Chris (April 2020). "Dance Away the Heartache". Q. No. 409. p. 102.
  25. ^ Dolan, Jon (12 February 2020). "Tame Impala Take Us Even Higher on 'The Slow Rush'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  26. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tame Impala – The Slow Rush" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tame Impala – The Slow Rush" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tame Impala – The Slow Rush" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Tame Impala – The Slow Rush" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Official Irish Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 8 (dal 14.2.2020 al 20.2.2020)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  33. ^ "テーム・インパラの売上ランキング". Oricon. Retrieved 19 February 2020.
  34. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 24 February 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  35. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 8, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  37. ^ "Veckolista Album, vecka 8". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  38. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 February 2020.