Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
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Based on 14 reviews
2010 Rank: #127 / 832
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Based on 383 ratings
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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.

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.


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.

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.


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


‘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.

The Guardian

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

God Is in the TV

The album's production is authentically fuzzy in a kind of multi-tracked, tape on loop kind of way; and on tracks such as 'Solitude Is Bliss' and 'Desire Be Desire Go' they show a strong sense of melody despite all the distortion and dissonance.

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.


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.


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.

Coke Machine Glow

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

The Needle Drop

Tame Impala brings back the sounds of 60s psych like it's nobody's business, but I can't help but feel like the band is more of an exercise in nostalgia than anything else.

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.

Oct 2, 2017
Track List:
It Is Not Meant to Be 85
Desire Be Desire Go 90
Alter Ego 85
Lucidity 65
Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? 70
Solitude Is Bliss 60
Jeremy's Storm 80
Expectation 85
The Bold Arrow of Time 70
Runway, Houses, City, Clouds 60
I Don't Really Mind 90

Overall: 76+3=79
Jul 11, 2017
After years of not liking it I guess I finally listened.
Feb 27, 2017
Why do I think Beatles + Pink Floyd = Tame Impala's Innerspeaker?
Oct 11, 2016
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.
Oct 5, 2016
Very good psychedelic rock.
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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