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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... one of the year's best albums
Kevin Parker is the main brain behind Australia's Tame Impala, and the band's debut album, 2010's "Innerspeaker", was quite the intruiging debut album. Now comes the second album.
"Lonerism" (12 tracks; 52 min.) starts off with a nerversly drum-driven, high-energy "Be Above It", a fantastic track. It is followed by "Endors Toi", another all-out energy track. It...
Published 12 months ago by Paul Allaer
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Tame Impala's Innerspeaker was a great discovery for me: a raw, energetic, thoroughly exciting sound. When I heard about Lonerism I eagerly pre-ordered it but it isn't in the same league as its predecessor. Most of the reviews I've read dismiss Innerspeaker as 'just another rock record' but rave about Lonerism as being real music. Only the very occasional lone voice...
Published 13 months ago by Bob_the_Backpacker
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... one of the year's best albums,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)Kevin Parker is the main brain behind Australia's Tame Impala, and the band's debut album, 2010's "Innerspeaker", was quite the intruiging debut album. Now comes the second album.
"Lonerism" (12 tracks; 52 min.) starts off with a nerversly drum-driven, high-energy "Be Above It", a fantastic track. It is followed by "Endors Toi", another all-out energy track. It isn't until track 3 "Apocalypse Dreams" that we start to get a real sense of where this album is going, less guitar-oriented than "Innerspeaker", even if the next track "Mind Mischief" actually finds guitars and drums very upfront. The album truly takes off with the next track "Music to Walk Home By", with synthesizers all over, a theme that would continue for most of the album. "Why Won't They Talk To Me" is in the same vein, and at this point I'm thinking that Tame Impala has become the (beautiful) bastard child of Film School-meets-The Secret Machines. Now we are into the heart of the album, with an outstanding lazy-feeling "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards", followed by an even greater "Keep on Lying", with a delicious 4 min. instrumental outro (with lots of sound-trickery overdubbed, and I mean that in the best of ways). It is one of my favorite tracks on here. It is followed by a guitar-heavy (and hard rock sounding) "Elephant", which is out of place with the rest of the album, yet somehow it works great. After that the album starts to falter a bit, we've had the best moments by then. The album should've closed with "Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control" but instead is followed by an unnessecary piano-based "Sun's Coming Up".
In all, this album is one of the biggest (pleasant) surprises for me this year, and clearly one of the year's very best albums, period. Sure to make my "best of 2012" albums list, and very high at that. I can't wait to see this band in concert! "Lonerism" is HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
*UPDATE* (March, 2013) I saw Tame Impala in concert for the first time just recently here in Ohio, and they simply blew me away. Outstanding set from start to finish. If you have a chance to see them live, do not miss them!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of this year so far - but not for everyone!,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)This is the first time I've been compelled to write a review on Amazon, because it has been such a long time since an album has got under my skin the way that "Lonerism" has.
My introduction to Tame Impala came from hearing "Elephant" on 6 Music this summer and being pulled in by the section just after the whispered "here it comes". The song is a beast of a tune - stomping glam rock followed by freak out psychedelia. So when you start playing "Lonerism" I can see why people might be disappointed if they are expecting 11 other "Elephant" type tunes - that isn't what you get here.
The album has got some beautifully written songs with Apocalypse Dreams my personal highlight. Other tracks such as Keep on Lying and Feels Like We Only Go Backwards have a wonderfully evocative mood - no doubt helped by some pretty intense production. It feels like one of those records that is most rewarding when listened to from start to finish in one setting if you have the time.
The album is very heavily layered - but this made me want to put it onto repeat listen for a couple of weeks rather than give up on it. Yes, it seems as if the Producer has been on over-time on many songs, but i've recently felt compelled to give it yet another listen over and over again - and more so than any other album in years - so they must have been doing something right.
After reading other reviews on here, I can only conclude that one man's meat is another man's poison...and "Lonerism" is a meaty feast for me (apologies to all vegetarians...)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter-sweet Psychedelia,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)Tame Impala have a real hard job on their hand following up the excellent Innerspeaker. That was a blissful album of 70's influence psychedelia. This effort doesn't deviate too much from that. What is new is the feeling of melancholy some tracks leave. Don't get me wrong this is no downbeat effort. It does have moments of absolute joy - Apocalypse Dreams is a great example of that with a driving drum beat, fuzzy vocals and blissed out breakdowns and guitar solo's. However, some tracks like Keep On Lying just have that bliss feel but also the bitter-sweet feeling as well.
If you are looking for influences then 70's bands are the obvious ones. Cream or similar are often mentioned but if you listen to the rather excellent Elephant you hear glam rock at the start and then it breaks down into an almost White Stripes feel. Guitars and fuzzy vocals are the order of the day again - although some tracks include almost harpsichord sounds amongst others. Some tracks last a long time and include more experimental moments - Sun's Coming Up is an example as a closing track it feels like a slight low note to finish on. She Just Won't Believe Me clocks in at less than a minute though and is very reminiscent of Apples In Stereo on New Magnetic Wonder.
Overall this is a great album and I have been playing it constantly since release. It certainly is a throwback to the 70's. However, it doesn't quite reach the heights of the début album. Its still highly recommended though.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you recycle good music concepts!,
This review is from: Lonerism [VINYL] (Vinyl)The feeling you get listening to Tame Impala is that they clearly are inspired of pop, and psyck rock from 60's and beginning of 70's. But they manage to sound modern and find their own identity! They make smart use of all technology and studio tricks that have come up along the way.. They are not revivalist, they are much more!
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonerism,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)New wave psychadelia with heavy leanings towards The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Hendrix but it also manages to somehow sound current and original. Has some seriously trippy moments and also hits some great rock high points. The lead singer sounds uncannily like John Lennon at times but I don't think that's been forced or played upon.
A highly recommended album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good chillout album,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)Awesome songs on here, first introduced to TI when watching glasto and I thought hmmmm I will give it a go and I think they are ace,good album!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a discovery!,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)Wonderful song writing and strong melodies. Aussies always seem to come up with the goods! A lesson in how to squeeze in as many sound effects as possible and still retain a coherent tune
4.0 out of 5 stars More psych rock goodness,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)Kevin Parker's second cd as Tame Impala is one of the year's best. Expanding on The Beatles' penchant for melody and effects equally Parker builds sonic sculptures and grooves with great skill and care. All on his own too.....
4.0 out of 5 stars psychedelia for 2013!,
This review is from: Lonerism (MP3 Download)Great soundscape - bought after seeing them perform at Reading. Tones of Floyd, Yes, ELP, Tangerine Dream. Hoping they start extending tracks out to 10+ mins and they'll get 5* next time!
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different,
This review is from: Lonerism (Audio CD)I am sure I am not alone in being fed up with the same kind of music that keeps on being churned off the production line. This band came to my attention because of the song, Elephant, which is used on a television advert. Unhelpfully, I cannot recall the commercial now. Sorry about that.
Anyhow, the production has a 1970s feel to it, a lot of fuzz guitar and distinctly modern rhythms. I suggest popping Elephant into YouTube first – you’ll know the tune, trust me.
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