Not one of my favourite Tame Impala albums (there are quite a few average songs here), but there are just too many phenomenal tracks for this to be anywhere near a weak album. How would I rank the songs?
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13 – Past Life
An OK song ruined by that weird talking / rapping part.
12 – Love / Paranoia
Sometimes you can just tell that, by the end of the album, the artist has run out of song ideas, and “Love / Paranoia” feels like a rehash of all the musical ideas that have come before on the record.
11 – Gossip
A decent little interlude track, but it’s not the best interlude track I’ve heard.
10 – Nangs
This almost feels like an interlude track as well, and although it’s a pretty decent interlude it’s strange putting this as the second track on the album.
9 – Reality In Motion
Probably one of the most standard, bare-bones Tame Impala tracks we’ve ever had.
8 – Yes I’m Changing
A nice track with some great lyrics, it’s never been a personal favourite but it’s still a good song.
7 – Disciples
On some days this is a great track, but the high-pitched vocals can get a bit annoying from time to time. I love the guitar part in this.
6 – Eventually
I was surprised to find this is one of Tame Impala’s most popular tracks on Spotify – it’s definitely a great addition to the album, but I’m not sure if it deserves 100 million plays when there are other fantastic underrated songs from them.
5 – The Moment
One of the early tracks on the album, and it does a great job setting the tone a bit better for the record (“Let It Happen” is obviously amazing, but this is the first track that resembles what the album will actually sound like).
4 – ‘Cause I’m A Man
This has always been a sort of guilty pleasure song for me – I’m not sure if it’s musically better than some of the others on the album, but I love the bass tone and chorus to bits.
3 – New Person, Same Old Mistakes
This amazing album closer sort of comes out of nowhere – other than “Cause I’m A Man”, the second half of the record is quite weak until this incredible song plays.
Lyrically, this is some of Kevin’s best work, and the groove of the song is exceptional.
2 – The Less I Know The Better
This was always going to rank highly, but I’m sure a lot of you will be surprised to only see it in second place.
There’s no denying that “The Less I Know The Better” will have a special place in music history – it’s the band’s most popular song for a reason. That bassline is probably why people rate this song so highly.
1 – Let It Happen
While “The Less I Know The Better” is undeniably a sensational song, “Let It Happen” is Tame Impala’s masterpiece.
At almost 8 minutes long, this seems like a strange choice to open the album, but my goodness does this track take you on a journey. I especially love the string arrangement in the bridge, and when the dirty bass part kicks in near the end you know you’re listening to Kevin’s best ever song.
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