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InnerSpeaker

Tame Impala Audio CD
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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 (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FICTION
  • ASIN: B003HGKJH8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Is Not Meant to Be
2. Desire Be, Desire Go
3. Alter Ego
4. Lucidity
5. Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?
6. Solitude Is Bliss
7. Jeremy's Storm
8. Expectation
9. The Bold Arrow of Time
10. Runway, Houses, City, Clouds
11. I Don't Really Mind

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BBC Review

Ours is an age of fleeting connections, a mad proliferation of voices issuing forth from speakers unknown. With the chorus line of the digital era swiftly becoming a cacophony, there’s much to be said for locating one’s innerspeaker, a term Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker uses to explain the feeling he gets when he’s at his most inspired.

It’s also the title of his band’s first full-length, the logical conclusion of a lifetime spent honing skills in Perth, Western Australia, one of the world’s most secluded cities. Logical because Innerspeaker is a record half a world away from the kind of artistic pretense that regularly infects bands of Tame Impala’s age and relative inexperience.

With the assistance of Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev producer Dave Fridmann they’ve constructed a sound big enough to park aeroplanes in, and every idea on here is attacked with virtuosic brio and an open mind. Essentially a psychedelic jam suite perfectly encapsulating Parker’s own summation of the genre as “kind of emotive and childlike and f***** up all at the same time”, Innerspeaker has none of the predictable trappings of a modern-day psych record and liquid ambience aplenty.

First track It Is Not Meant To Be rides in on a wave of third-eye guitar jangle and magic carpet bass, the band playing with the sort of empathic intelligence that’s made Dungen a wonder of the retro-rocking world. Then they coax wicked sounds from their guitars on Desire Be Desire Go, which again does hippie with none of the whimsy and all of the danger. Parker’s vocals, meanwhile, recall late-period Beatles – dreamy, distracted and ever so slightly paranoid.

That isn’t to say Innerspeaker is completely devoid of contemporary sounds – Alter Ego marries the colours-run, shoegazey texture of an Atlas Sound cut with racing, druggy beats. And Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind? has a fine Stereolab-esque groove which evokes, strangely enough, Bradford Cox’s collaboration with the ‘Lab’s own Laetitia Sadier, Quick Canal. Elsewhere, Bold Arrow of Time is one of the few moments on the record to explicitly tap the psychedelic blues root – Cream would be an obvious reference point here, but we’ll go instead with the expansiveness of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The band recently opened for MGMT in the US. But while they undoubtedly remain more of a boutique concern than Messrs VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, with Innerspeaker Tame Impala display an intuitive feel for psychedelia’s insurgent streak and joy in non-conformity that’s far in excess of their peers.

--Alex Denney

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut album I've ever heard 8 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm getting on a bit now. 36 this year. I've heard lots of music in my time - spent the last 20 years doing nothing but listening to music, going to see gigs, concerts, festivals etc. This is the best debut album I've ever heard. So assured, sounds amazin, great catchy melodies and riffs - i really can't fault it. Lazy wannabe journos describe it as a mix of pink floyd / cream / hendrix / beatles but its truly their own sounds - they make their music their own, every last note.
Can't recommend these guys enough!!! BUY BUY!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new band in many, many years. 30 Oct 2010
By R. Fox
Format:Audio CD
I fiirst heard these by chance a couple of months ago and they have taken over my life. They describe the music themselves better than I can. - 'Tame Impala make psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music. It's intended for moving one's body to, and it's intended for keeping still and observing other forms of movement. It's bombastic but it's swirling, think of the shoulder bones of a giant striding feline creature through some kind of tunnel. If Tame Impala's music reminds you of what you'd want to put on when you next visit your mind's engine room then they're happy. If not, whatever, it's just music. Put it on when the sun next shines. Basically it's all about the feeling'

If that vaguely intrigues you go out and buy this album. It is music that fills your head and takes you far, far away from the mundane underpinned with monstrous grooves. In 25 years watching bands live these 4 kids who look like they'd struggle to get served in a pub are one of the very best bands I've ever seen live.

They are psychedelic, they are heavy, they are pop, they are groovy, they are stoner, call them what you will, sometimes they are the band Kasabian would love to be but can't, they have the spirit of Lennon, Harrison, Hendrix, Morrison, Krieger, Lee, so while strictly speaking there is nothing totally new they are so good it doesn't matter.This is music that isn't made any more and they can live in any company.

The production is spot on as it harnesses the wild beast lurking and gives the great subtleties and complexities in the music space to breathe and work their way into the darkest recesses of your mind and body. There is brutal power and pop hooks perfectly combined.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 4 Aug 2010
By Dom
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant! Got introduced to this a bit early by a friend from Oz, completely blown away by this- they've somehow made 60's-Garage-Noisy-Psychedelic rock sound cool, fresh and 'new'. Which doesn't make sense, but believe me when you listen to this you will feel the same. My fav has got to be 'Solitude is Bliss'- lovely John Lennon-stylee-grunge rock that the aussies seem to be so good at right now. A definite 5 out of 5!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless Album from a Great New Band 3 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Up until last Christmas I'd only heard bits of Tame Impala's music on BBC 6 Music, but what I did hear was enough to want their album, due to their superb sound. So, my girlfriend got me it as a Chrismas present.

There are a lot of new bands about, so to say Tame Impala are one of the best is no overstatement. While the sound is somewhat unique for an album released in 2010, it is very much like some of the multi-layered vibes of the 1967 psychedelic era. The guitar and bass sound often echoes, roars, and rumbles like the exhaust of a Harley-Davidson, and the vocals are somewhat Lennon-esque (in the manner of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds) but most importantly, all of the songs are good, especially the single 'Solitude Is Bliss'. There's not one bad track on the album, hence my 5 star rating.

I certainly hope they do a UK tour this year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent! 1 Oct 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This album is a great experience. For vinyl lovers like me i think it is a must-have. A psychedelic masterpiece that will make you enjoy every second of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 26 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great album. This and lonerism are just essential listening! Played them both for hours on end without ever gettingb bored... amazing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best debut album ever? 9 April 2013
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Innerspeaker is a state of mind that you'd love to experience it in its entirety. The psychedelic music is pure and mesmerizing. Definitely one of my favourite albums of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime! 25 Mar 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I find nothing to dislike about this record. I listen to a lot of different music and Tame Impala make albums that I keep coming back to again and again. It's dreamlike qualities, the melodies and the understated pop hooks all combine to make a mesmerising piece of art. I highly recommended it to all lovers of music, as well as the new Tame Impala record 'Lonerism' :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a good album to kick back to
a good album to kick back to, and some standout tracks such as it is not meant to be, lucidity and solitude is bliss, however not as good as their second album lonerism
Published 20 days ago by Eve Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool vinyl
Love the vinyl sleeve and pics. Only thing is some of the lyrics are hard to read in the inner sleeve against the backdrop. Sweet album.
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Ward
3.0 out of 5 stars Innerspeaaker - Tame Impala
I first heard Tame Impala at a barbeque last summer and rushed home to order this. A good measure of an albums's appeal for me is how often you listen to it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Redman Carr
2.0 out of 5 stars First impressions are misleading
I bought both Innerspeaker and Lonerism at the same time having read good things about them. Initial impressions were of a melodic band with solid musicianship and meandering... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Guv
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Good work by Tame Impala, solid album consistent throughout. Lonerism still tops it, but after all lonerism is my favourite album ever.
Published 17 months ago by Kristian
5.0 out of 5 stars Big riffs Psychadelia reformed and shaped
A first listen provides lots of reference points to other led Zeppellin riffed ,guitar psychadelia with full on sonic workouts combined with delicate ,quiet passages emphasising... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mhuwsic
5.0 out of 5 stars And I thought music was dead
After many years believing fervently that music had truly died and had been replaced by a gaggle of fools bleeting common lyrics about common themes... Read more
Published 18 months ago by KWTurner
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful musical journey!
I can only say that I am glad that I bought the album. It is the most refreshing music that I have heard in a while Ta. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable!
With comparisons to Pink Floyd, The Beatles & Cream, this band is still so unique. This is possibly the best album I have listened to from the 00's to present time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul92
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