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Tame Impala’s debut record from 2010, Innerspeaker, received a tropically warm reception thanks in part to its irreverent, contemporary spin on assumedly dead and forgotten sounds, as well as its unique, infinitely surprising way around a melody. It was youthful, romantic songwriting in a melting technicolour dreamcoat.

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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modular Records
  • ASIN: B008JFC6F0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Above It
2. Endors Toi
3. Apocalypse Dreams
4. Mind Mischief
5. Music To Walk Home By
6. Why Won't They Talk To Me?
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Keep On Lying
9. Elephant
10. She Just Won t Believe Me
11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12. Sun's Coming Up

Editorial Reviews

Kevin Parker (vocals/guitar) and Dominic Simper (bass) formed Tame Impala as 13-year-olds in Perth in 1999, sticking to bedroom recordings until 2007, when Jay Watson joined them on drums and backing vocals. Their sound was pure late '60s, but wasn't the sound of any specific band from the era. They were as likely to be channeling the Nazz as the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Cocooned away inside walls of psychedelic fuzz in Western Australia they re-created their preferred period one song at a time with the aid of gear and production techniques that sounded like they hadn't been dusted off since 1968.

Customer Reviews

I think it's one of the best albums of 2012.
This recording reminds me in some places of the psychedelic rock of the Beatles, sometimes Pink Floyd or others... but it's always wonderful.
Martine Picot
This is a good album to be sure. track after track measure up to each other with a few really solid stand-outs.
Josh Fredman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Jack Tripper VINE VOICE on October 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Tame Impala's previous album, 2010's superb 'Innerspeaker--as original and forward-thinking as it was compared to most modern psychedelic albums--was very reminiscent of '66-'67-era Beatles, if the Beatles of that time had time-traveled to the present and listened to massive amounts of Dungen's Swedish space-rock before recording their next album, making use of modern studio wizardry. But, while Kevin Parker's voice still sounds a lot like Lennon's (and probably always will), 'Lonerism' is a giant step forward in the evolution of their sound, seemingly influenced as much by the mid-70's, electronic-based interstellar sounds of bands like Tangerine Dream and Italy's Sensations' Fix as the Beatles this time around, while at the same time sounding utterly fresh and unique.

Of course, Parker's ear for infectious pop melodies still recalls Lennon and McCartney circa 'Revolver,' as do most melody-centric psych bands worth their weight in salt. But 'Lonerism' features synthesizers playing as integral of a role as the walls of fuzzed-out guitars, and this adds a whole new dimension to their sound (or maybe I should say "his" sound, as Parker once again handles all songwriting, instrumental, and vocal duties). The spaces between riffs are taken advantage of as well, with ethereal atmospherics and intertwining melodies filling those gaps, and when combined with the virtual myriad of musical styles and influences contained within, results in one of the most ambitious, absorbing--at times even blissful--albums I've heard in recent memory.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. Lin on November 26, 2012
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Music is def 5 stars for me, one of the best album in this year. However vinyl is in really cheap/poor quality.
The first copy I got has multiple dents on the disk one so I returned it and got a replacement one.
The 2nd copy also has dents here and there.

If you love this album so much and insist to get vinyl version, this is what I can share with you:
1. It has 2 LPs in GATEFOLD jacket. I love gatefold.
2. It has cheap white inner paper sleeve may cause damage to the vinyl. I hate paper inner sleeve.
3. Both copy I got are warped slightly and both have dents here and there.
4. VERY bad pressing! Not quiet and not flat. Ticks and pops!
5. I don't feel sound quality is any better then digital one.
6. There is another version vinyl on the market. Google: Lonerism Limited Deluxe Edition Blue Vinyl + 7″. It's much more expensive but maybe it has better quality.
I don't own that one so I can't compare. But it's hard to get any worse then this one.
7. It comes with mp3 download card

Would I recommend the music to friends?? YES! I love love this album! It's my morning commute soundtrack.
Would I recommend the vinyl version to friends? NO! I don't want my friends to hate me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rick H on October 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Basically, my caption sums up what I wanted to say as the other reviews here have covered this new Tame Impala album very nicely. But to expand on that, I first heard Tame Impala's "Runway Houses City Clouds" (from "Innerspeaker") on an internet psychedelic station and the airy Beatlesque vocal work in that simply blew me away. I ended up getting that album and was not disappointed with this band's extremely vintage psychedelic vibe via/John Lennon-style vocals so began wondering what they could come up with next. Well, they've answered in spades with Lonerism, an album that lives up to the promise of Innerspeaker and once again brings that Lennon/Beatles influence into the 21st century like no one else I know of. At the moment, the track that really stands out for me (and sounds like a great choice for a single) is "Apocalypse Dreams", but the same level of terrific melodic songwriting & production is also heard throughout the album - it's like this is one of those albums where you'll find yourself having different favorites over a period of time. So far, I've been listening to this via streaming audio but my purchase of the physical CD is forthcoming, just like with Innerspeaker. In closing, I think what impresses me most about Tame Impala is this: I'm not much of a fan/listener of any current music trends or present day artists but this band and their two albums is one glowing exception to that.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on October 12, 2012
Format: Audio CD
With their 2nd album, this Australian band has risen to the forefront of emerging bands ushering
in a new age of genuinely psychedelic pop. They've created a place where bubbling harmonies
flow like ocean froth in a rainbow splatter of shimmering love caverns. Like all the best
psychedelia, the threat of chaos is ever imminent, but always held in check by melody. Imagine
if the Beach Boys took just a little too much acid. This is beautiful, cinematic, kaleidoscopic pop
with an oscillating 60s vibration; high caliber conceptual tomfoolery for black light cloud-float pop
dancing. Recalls bands like the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Dreamies, Small Faces, Bubble
Puppy, the Beatles, the Nazz, Pond, MGMT, Baby Woodrose. Excellent happy merry-go-round
tripping music for the brain-smile of eternal youth. Cool, yummy acid bliss-pop.
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