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Lonerism

Lonerism

5 Oct 2012
4.2 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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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.
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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...)
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As far as debut albums go, they don't tend to come much stronger than Tame Impala's "Innerspeaker". That LP's hypnotic grooves and translucent melodies were as addictive to listen to as the drugs that probably inspired there creation and frontman/creative hub Kevin Parker channelled the ghost of John Lennon on their first full length better than anybody since ... I dunno Liam Gallagher on Definitely Maybe? Anyway, two years on from the remarkably psychedelic "Innerspeaker" and we have their eagerly awaited follow up "Lonerism" to feast over. The differences between "Lonerism" and "Innerspeaker" aren't as numerous as their similarities, the fat snare pulses, fuzzy lo-fi guitar, smooth bass and dreamy vocals that were the predominant components of their first album, are featured heavily on this one and the style they sport here is still very reminscent of late 60's psych rock. However; the extra reliance on synthesizsers, increased studio experimentation and the handful of songs on "Lonerism" with a nonlinear song structure, certainly distinguish this album from it's predecessor and come to think of it, pretty much anything else thats being made right now under the rock idiom.

Opener "Be above it" brings a whole new meaning to the word space rock, with its alien overdubs and stomping drums sounding like the bands namesake marching through the expanses of mars, whilst blowing a flurry of liquid bubbles. Introductions to what's essentially a pop record, are rarely this audacious and it's this mixture of experimentation and joyful meldiousness that come to define the whole album. "Endors Toi" takes inspiration from the weightlessness of Boards of Canada's "dayvan cowboy".
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