Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 11 reviews
2010 Rank: #89 / 583
USER SCORE
85
Based on
138 ratings

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Pitchfork
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From the Vines to Wolfmother to Jet, recent Aussie rock exports have been painfully indebted to arena rock-- quick to recycle a sound but rarely succeeding in revitalizing it. Perth three-piece Tame Impala play with some of the ingredients of arena rock as well but do so in aid of more leftfield, organic sounds and interesting excursions. The result is a cleanly executed and frequently dazzling debut: Innerspeaker is a psychedelia-heavy outing that toys with paisley pop, stoner vibes, and an expansive array of swirling guitars.

70
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

On first inspection, Perth based trio Tame Impala look like any other stereotypical Australian rock and roll outfit; ballsy, fresh and with bags full of attitude no doubt gleaned from studying the more traditional musical exports from across the seas. In part, that theory would be correct. However, Tame Impala aren't your stereotypical 21st Century band by any stretch of the imagination. While they've obviously taken several steps back in time through the annals of rock and its forebearers, their lineage owes more to a time when psychedelia ruled the airwaves and any concept of heavy, let alone noise rock, was a mere embryonic twinkle in its LSD-guzzling parents eyes.

70
musicOMH
musicOMH

The problem is, they end up with an inordinate amount of half-baked gobbledygook to get there. A worrying number of songs on Innerspeaker, while aesthetically pleasing, are pretty hard to pay attention to.

User Reviews
Tom Simmons
74
Fav Tracks: It Is Not Meant To Be, Alter Ego, Solitude Is Bliss

Least Fav Track: Jeremy's Storm
SiberianBreaks
77
A decent psych album that channels the great fuzz era from the 60's. The second half of the album is when things start to get really interesting though.

Favourite tracks: It Is Not Meant to Be, Alter Ego, Solitude Is Bliss, Jeremy's Storm, The Bold Arrow of Time, Runway Houses City Clouds
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Tame Impala - Live Versions

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Tame Impala - Tame Impala EP

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Elephant

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New Tame Impala album is coming
Listen: Tame Impala - "Be Above It" (Live Versions)

DETAILS

RELEASED: May 25, 2010
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Modular
GENRE: Psychedelic Rock
WEBSITE: www.tameimpala.com
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# 32 - One Thirty BPM
# 43 - Pitchfork
# 23 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 26 - Stereogum
# 45 - Under the Radar
Track List

  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. Island Walking (iTunes bonus track) 
  8. Jeremy's Storm
  9. Expectation
  10. The Bold Arrow of Time
  11. Runway, Houses, City, Clouds
  12. I Don't Really Mind

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