[MUSIC REVIEW] “Let It Happen” and listen to Currents

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GUITAR TALENT: While being an extremely talented singer alone, Parker also carries impressive abilities with an electric guitar.

If there was any way I could go back and listen to this album for the first time again, I would do it. The experience is goosebump-giving. Currents, by Tame Impala, is 51 minutes and 11 seconds of a masterpiece of a pop/psychedelic-rock album.

Designed by Robert Beatty, the cover is made of a series of neon purple lines, which is eye-catching and unusual. A single red streak cuts through the middle of the picture, led by a silver sphere. Through its bright colors and contrast, the cover draws listeners in. But, also because of those attributes, it’s possible that the cover may change the way a listener perceives the music, by setting a psychedelic tone for the album. Giving a retro vibe, the cover signifies the genre of the music it holds.

Continuing the legacy of ever-so-popular 1970s rock, Tame Impala puts a modern spin on the trends that took over the airways.”

Continuing the legacy of ever-so-popular 1970s rock, Tame Impala puts a modern spin on the trends that took over the airways. Even though the Tame Impala appears as a group of six while on tour, 36-year-old Australian Kevin Parker, the main face behind Tame Impala, single-handedly writes, produces, and sings all of the songs. Accompanied by his raspy voice, he finds ways to sound soothing in one song, and energetic in another. While being an extremely talented singer alone, Parker also carries impressive abilities with an electric guitar, drums, and electronic sound.

With several songs on the album having over 100 million listeners on Spotify alone, it’s clear that Parker has a large audience. One of the songs on the album, “The Less I Know The Better,” is about to reach a billion plays. Throughout Parker’s 14-year music career, he has accumulated over 80 nominations and 39 awards, two of which are Grammys.

If there was one song that highlights all of the Tame Impala’s aspects, including Parker’s vocal skills and the signature sound used in almost all of his songs, it would be “The Less I Know The Better”. With long guitar solos, impressive high range of singing, and plenty of electronic sounding traits, it makes sense that this is the highest played Tame Impala song on Spotify, with roughly six million more plays than the second most popular song, “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”.

I absolutely recommend this album to anyone willing to give it a listen because of Tame Impala’s unique and avant-garde style. If one song is enjoyable, there won’t be a single skip.