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The first thing you'll notice is lead singer Kevin Parker's uncanny ability to channel John Lennon's vocal style. It's almost distracting during the first listen, but you soon begin to realize that his voice is utilized like an organic instrument, weaving its way through the lush instrumentation and the wall-of-sound psychedelia that may seem disingenuous to those well initiated with the genre. However, there is something more happening with this album that constantly evolves and takes shape right up until the last track. It is important to listen to this album as a whole as it is more or less devoid of catchy, bubble-gum sweetness that is required in the moody and temperamental singles market. Allowing it to unfold naturally is key to noticing its intricacies, from its nods to British pop, to its Pink Floyd-style psychedelics. It's an album, in every sense of the word.
Dave Fridmann and Tim Holmes record and mix "Innerspeaker", and it's immediately apparent that their work is all over this album. Expansive feedback, fat snare pulses, and echoed vocals abound in this one, making it near impossible to not get sucked into its all encompassing sound palettes. Likening the sound of "Innerspeaker" to Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips would certainly not be a lazy comparison, but where the Lips tend to lean more heavily on electronics to explore the space, Tame Impala depend on their trusty six-strings to get their guitar-jangled swerve on.Read more ›
Opening track "It Is Not Meant To Be" sets the tone. A short burst of static, a heavily effected arpeggio, and a lazy drum beat loaded with cymbals sets the stage for a galloping guitar riff that evokes images of playing under the stars in the Australian Outback with the mysterious red Ayers Rock as a backdrop. This is big, expansive music. When the lyrics arrive, also heavily effected, the tale is one of frustrated love with an obligatory reference to sitting around smoking weed (hence the problem- she doesn't want to!). The closing guitar solo is powerful but kind of lazy, in that succinct, direct way that David Gilmour made so effective. The song then fades away in a mess of noise. A perfect table setter for what is to come.
"Solitude is Bliss" sounds like it belongs on Cream's Greatest Hits- a bluesy stomp with a beautiful dreamlike coda. "Jeremy's Storm" is the to-be-expected instrumental that builds to a noisy climax closely related to the epic climaxes of such songs as "Echoes". "Runway Houses City Clouds" takes us back to the Outback and its hard not to imagine watching the sun set as the band takes us into musical twilight.Read more ›
Branching off from "Revolver", John Lennon, instead of decaying into a self-absorbed heroin-addled burnout, continues to progress as a songsmith, while Paul McCartney, instead of hogging up way too much album space by crapping out piles of toytown whimsy, becomes an alcoholic and gets relegated to the rhythm section where he belongs. Ringo Starr and George Martin are replaced by Ginger Baker and Eddie Kramer, respectively. And there you have an oversimplified idea of what "Innerspeaker" would sound like.
Comparisons aside, this is music that will withstand the test of time (I shudder to use the nonetheless appropriate phrase "timeless classic") . While the whole CD is solid, my favorite tracks are "Alter Ego", "Desire Be, Desire Go", "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind", and "Runaway, Houses, City, Clouds". Seriously. Buy this CD.
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Only thing I noticed was Jeremy's Storm was slightly distorted, but I actually thought it sounded coolPublished 3 days ago by Blaise Martineau
Relaxing band wich I admit I bought poser-like, I heard other albums this one was cheaper boom , is tame impala it should be good, and as a semi vinyl collector sometime I like the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
The vinyl was slightly off center and too large to fit on my record player.Published 1 month ago by Chris McLain
Great album. If you like psychedelic era Beatles, this album's for you.Published 1 month ago by cdelaroacha
Love the album, but mine came scratched and the beginning of some sides are skippingPublished 1 month ago by Peteyb37
cd plays fine was not real happy with the scuff marks on the cd but it doesn't affect the cd's play so i will keep the cd!Published 3 months ago by Michael Chavez