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Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Rank: #5 / 664
USER SCORE
87
Based on
331 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing
Pretty Much Amazing

Lonerism is more fully realized than its predecessor, which may have resulted in some unpredictable obscurity being thrown by the wayside.

91
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Where the debut broke its sound into episodic chunks, Tame Impala now finds a singular sound in the cross-section of timeless pop and psychedelia. 

90
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

You feel small while listening to Lonerism, but in a way that makes you appreciate how man, machine, and Mother Nature can harmonize.

90
musicOMH
musicOMH

An album that’s likely to appeal to fifty quid blokes who’ll dig the retro influences, people to whom the term ‘chillwave’ actually means something, dance fans and everyone in between.

90
The 405
The 405

Only two albums into their careers as Tame Impala, they've birthed a record on the precipice of their personal perfection.

90
NME
NME

Sounds phase in and out, drums thunder, guitars chime with warm, valve amp bite, voices are multi-tracked into luscious harmonies, snatched sentences of speech burble in the background, loops repeat and vocals echo distantly, like they’re drifting in from a radio in another room.

90
No Ripcord
No Ripcord

This album is incredibly intriguing and was executed beautifully. 

86
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

This album is meditative, layered and confident, simultaneously cooler and more temperate than its predecessor.

80
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Arrangements explode or implode, meticulous vocal melodies rub up against perverse sonic sensibilities, genres are hopped, and fidelity is determined by the pure haste of getting ideas down.

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

Lonerism takes you out of yourself, yet somehow deep within yourself, to lay a bedrock of familiar and warming sounds.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

Even if at times there's a feeling Parker's trying to cram too many ideas into one piece, it's a record that will undoubtedly be used as a benchmark for guitar music of the near future.

75
Paste
Paste

While Lonerism does feel a bit more expansive, utilizing even more of mixer Dave Fridmann’s fancy effects pedals and studio wizardry, it uses those tools to delve even further inward.

70
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

With Lonerism, Tame Impala have doubled down on the kaleidoscopic refractions of their debut. The melodies are clearer, pushed up in the mix, given agency by their immediacy.

User Reviews
83
Fav Tracks: Nothing That Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control, Why Won't They Talk To Me?, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Elephant, Mind Mischief, Endors Toi, Apocalypse Dreams

Akare
88
Top3: 1.Sun's Coming Up 2.Mind Mischief 3.Led Zeppelin (Bonus Track)
Worst3: 1.Feels Like We Only Go Backwards 2.Music to Walk Home By 3.Keep on Lying

SiberianBreaks
91
This album shows nothing but improvement for Tame Impala. Really colourful sounds in here as well as some well thought out lyrics. These guys do Psych revival right.

Favourite tracks: Nothing That Has Happened So Far, Keep On Lying, Apocalypse Dreams, Elephant, Mind Mischief, Why Won't They Talk To Me, Endors Toi, Be Above It, Sun's Coming Up

Space Vacation
73
I can't say I understand why this album is already considered a classic; I thought it was quite overrated--
But still had a few really good tracks, but kinda boring for the most part.

Benjamin Bush
96
This is a modern classic, this record set my world on fire. I had no idea a masterpiece could be less than a minute long (She Just Won't Believe Me).

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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 13 - AllMusic
# 37 - American Songwriter
# 21 - BBC
# 5 - Beats Per Minute
# 13 - Clash
# 8 - Cokemachineglow
# 41 - Consequence of Sound
# 12 - DIY
# 6 - Exclaim!
# 1 - FILTER
# 21 - Gigwise
# 12 - MOJO
# 2 - musicOMH
# 1 - NME
# 2 - No Ripcord
# 1 - Obscure Sound
# 16 - Paste
# 6 - Pazz and Jop
# 4 - Pitchfork
# 7 - PopMatters
# 4 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 26 - SPIN
# 48 - Spinner
# 11 - Stereogum
# 7 - The 405
# 10 - The Fly
# 6 - The Guardian
# 34 - The Line of Best Fit
# 34 - Time Out London
# 37 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 11 - Uncut
# 2 - Under the Radar
Track List
  1. Be Above It 
  2. Endors Toi 
  3. Apocalypse Dreams 
  4. Mind Mischief 
  5. Music to Walk Home By 
  6. Why Won't They Talk to Me? 
  7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards 
  8. Keep on Lying 
  9. Elephant 
  10. She Just Won't Believe Me 
  11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control 
  12. Sun's Coming Up
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Added on: July 8, 2012