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Cream of the crop,
This review is from: INNERSPEAKER (Audio CD)Innerspeaker is Tame Impala's first album. Listening to this you wonder about how good they could be. It starts off quite lazily with the slow build of the opening track but by the end of the eleven tracks you have travelled a journey of guitar driven psychedelic rock that never veers too far into experimental and is always tuneful. Its best listened to as a whole piece, which is another bonus in a time when the skip button is used so liberally. I've mentioned the guitars already but the rhythm section is the foundation of most of the album. Listen to Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind and it shows this to great effect. Building on the opening drums and bass before layering in the guitars and finally the vocals it really is the underlying rhythm that delivers the whole track. This is very far removed from traditional Australian rock music. The vocals are light and dreamy.
Highlights are many here and tend to change on each listen. Desire Be Desire Go is now very familiar to those aware of the band but Solitude Is Bliss, Alter Ego and almost every other track on here is equally deserving of praise. Yes they remind you of Cream and other similar bands. They also sound of themselves and seem confident enough to play with the conventions a little - without being too experimental as I mentioned above.
The choice of producer is also an astute one as Fridmann has given this a sheen which is a little similar to his main producing task with the Flaming Lips. Yes the production is a little fuzzy - but it works with the material. Overall this is a piece of work that deserves high praise for its ability to produce a dreamy, psych rock experience that delivers from start to finish. Highly recommended