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CAN TAYLOR DO IT AGAIN?
What does Vegas think? (8/20a)
HEAVY WEATHER:
RAINMAKERS II
This is no ordinary doorstop. (8/19a)
END OF THE "ROAD," BILLIE GETS HER FIRST #1
Kids these days... (8/19a)
A PRESEASON
HITS LIST
The biz is getting its game face on. (8/19a)
GRAMMY CHEW: COMING IN
UNDER THE WIRE
More speculation over lox and bagels (8/19a)
HEAT!
Seriously, we can't take off any more clothes at the office.
DOLDRUMS!
Nothing doing.       
LUNCH!
Well, what do YOU want?      
VACATION!
Badly needed.     
Critics' Choice
DID YOU MISS THIS, GRAMMY VOTERS? TAME IMPALA, CURRENTS
11/17/15



Currents
(Interscope), created solely by Kevin Parker, is a headphone masterpiece that also contains the 29-year-old auteur’s hookiest songs—“The Moment” (for which he appropriates the iconic beat of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”); the testifying soul ballad “’Cause I’m a Man,” “Eventually” (a fusion of Gamble & Huff, The Beatles and Brian Wilson) and “The Less I Know the Better,” which opens and is powered by a delectable bassline hook (employed by Apple in an iPhone 6s TV campaign)—as well as his strongest, most nuanced singing. But what’s most strikingly different about this Tame Impala LP is Parker’s wholesale use of synthesizers.

The sonic wrinkle—massive, live-sounding bass and drums bringing a distinctly human rhythmic feel to his intricately manipulated psychedelic/EDM soundscapes—was deftly employed by Daft Punk on Random Access Memories—but here the synths are playing arena-rock guitar lines. (There are also actual guitars, despite the initial impression, but they’re hiding in plain sight, so to speak.) Is Parker actually pulling off what Todd Rundgren has been trying to achieve with his electronic experiments in recent years? He’s cited Todd as an inspiration, and this record feels very much like Parker’s Something/Anything?, with “Eventually” serving as its “Hello, It’s Me.” —Bud Scoppa