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Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
CRITIC SCORE
78
Based on 12 reviews
2010 Rank: #104 / 826
USER SCORE
84
Based on
306 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

The power trio dials back the Cream stomp and melts the bass and drums into a sludgy puddle of groove so viscous that the album feels completely of a piece, like a slab of tarmac softening in the sun.

87
Beats Per Minute

Nothing ever clashes; the varied elements of these songs don’t compete but rather harmonize, working together to emanate an effortless, dreamlike vibe, a “chill” record if ever there was one.

85
Pitchfork

Innerspeaker demonstrates a subtle yet encompassing sense of control, never obstructing the grander motifs while still offering a variety of odd details that guide you back to the album's hooks.

81
Pretty Much Amazing

Tame Impala succeeded in arriving to the world with a fully-fledged sound and a concise and enjoyable debut album. Innerspeaker is a record full of warm sounds and it rarely gets boring.

80
AllMusic

Innerspeaker coasts so beautifully on its blissful, billowing waves of sound that readily discernible hooks almost seem like gratuitous distractions.

80
NME

‘Innerspeaker’ is a brilliantly confident body of work – one that captures the spirit of the complex, ranging, pelvic workouts of the their targets, if lacking in out-and-out highs.

80
The Guardian

Tame Impala struggle with originality ... but they've concocted such a dreamily enjoyable debut that complaining about their fidelity seems pointless. 

70
Drowned in Sound

Innerspeaker won't rewrite the history books or reinvent the wheel, but at the same time it serves its purpose as a shining example of the fact that having a nostalgic outlook needn't necessarily be deemed a negative course of action.

70
musicOMH

The songs that do work rock pretty hard. Innerspeaker is the type of album that might be a little hard to admit liking – it’s self-serious, self-righteous, overlong, and occasionally infuriating.

70
DIY

There’s little sense that Innerspeaker could’ve been etched out in the 21st century. Fuzz and distortion colour the whole record, preserving the rough and ready garage tone of that self-titled EP.

70
Coke Machine Glow

There are just enough standout moments to lead Innerspeaker out of dullness and predictability.

40
The Fly

While the musicianship is excellent, there isn’t nearly enough to keep ‘Innerspeaker’ from plodding along, with plenty of good ideas, but lacking the execution to rise above very colourful mediocrity.

Raincoat
57
A difficult album that starts off strong before plateauing terribly around the midway point, meaning this colourful psychedelic rock soon becomes weary as the album plods on. The idea's definitely there but there's room for improvement regarding songwriting.
john95
81
Very good psychedelic rock.
86
Kevin Parker takes obvious inspiration and smears it across the distorted sky in this rock solid record.
StellaTheDiver
79
Cool vibes...

Favs: Solitude is bliss, It is jot meant to be, expectation
Sorrugis
77
Starts off really strong, but becomes a bit monotonous over the course of 52 minutes. The songwriting falls off quite a bit towards the end, as well. Lonerism has everything this album had to offer and more.

Loved: It Is Not Meant To Be, Desire Be Desire Go, Lucidity, Solitude Is Bliss
Liked: Alter Ego, Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?, Jeremy's Storm, Expectation, Runway Houses City Clouds, I Don't Really Mind
Disliked: The Bold Arrow Of Time
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DETAILS

May 25, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Modular / Label
tameimpala.com / Website
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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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