DNA: The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”; The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds”; Pearl Jam with Big Beat Influence.
Where is the modern day Led Zeppelin? Where is the modern day Beatles? Where is the modern day Rolling Stones? Tame Impala fills the roll of today’s supergroup, where albums are start-to-finish packed with strong, intricate, memorable songs. “Currents” is no different. It is, by far, one of the best albums of 2015.
The album is filled with driving bass lines, simple drum beats, syrupy vocals, and interesting lyrics. Compared to past TI albums, “Currents” leans toward rock pop. In fact, the underlying theme of the album is departing from psychedelic rock to psychedelic, grungy dance songs.
Every song on this album is strong. My favorites are “Let It Happen” and “The Less I Know The Better.” “Let It Happen” is the album’s first song, starting with a thunderous, bass line with delicate vocals. The melodic bass lines are reminiscent of Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson’s musicianship. “The Less I Know The Better” is a catchy, pop song with a great groove. There are beautiful, intricate melodies throughout. This is goose bump material.
Recommendation: On a scale of The Gooch (Forget It) to Abraham The Fish (Get It), “Currents” is a Get It 9+. Listen to TI’s past albums, which are just as strong.