Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 21 reviews
2012 Rank: #5 / 713
USER SCORE
87
Based on
393 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
AllMusic
AllMusic

This combination gives Lonerism the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.

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. 

90
The Line of Best Fit
The Line of Best Fit

Sonic exploration is the name of the game on this album, making it a real treat with headphones.

90
DIY
DIY

‘Lonerism’ is an absolutely amazing and inspiring record. Its arrival is an exciting time for music in general because it is truly “cosmic” pop.

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
Spin
Spin

For all the alienation implied by the album's continually warping and waving center of gravity, there are colors here brighter than a child's watercolor rainbow.

80
PopMatters
PopMatters

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

80
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

It may not break much new ground, certainly not for instrumentation or other reasons given, but it’s one of the most solid albums all year. To hate it really would be extraordinary.

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.

80
Sputnikmusic
Sputnikmusic

Where Innerspeaker aspired to impress us at every turn, Lonerism is much more discreet and less concerned with being as seductive as possible. This album is more confident in itself, preferring to offer songs that grow on you rather than immediately instigate enthusiasm.

80
The Fly
The Fly

‘Lonerism’ commits neither to pop nor blissed-out transcendence. Instead, a joyous sense of imagination proves to be its own reward.

80
FasterLouder
FasterLouder

Just when you’re tempted to discount the record for style-over-substance tendencies, Parker’s lyrics prove to be the half-hidden heart of it all.

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
JustinSlick
96
Too good, seriously. It's pretty much a perfectly put together album--every melody, rhythm, breakdown, and vocal feels like it's exactly where it should be, and even if Lonerism doesn't necessarily have a song that will go down as one of the decade's best, as an album I think it will rest solidly in the top 5. This definitely belongs in the Pantheon.
friendlybison
55
Its foundation and instrumental diversity is the perfect recipe for a modern psychedelic masterpiece, but its execution is scattered with missed potential and its delivery feels choppy and awkwardly unsatisfying.
andinnni
NR
Great music, great album, amusing.
There's just no words to describe this album. It is that good.
Gupla
94
Esto es Nueva Psicodelia, no algo que parece "viejo".
dyelir
94
For moments on this album you are not on earth. What Tame Impala is able to do here is almost recreate rock, mixing it with the technology of modern day better than anyone in recent memory. This acid trip of a album proves that not all sound has yet been discovered (and mixed, remixed and distorted even more). Even though it has its inconsistencies, Lonerism displays what's it like to be in a full 60's psychedelic state while somehow being full on progressive.
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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 9, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Modular
GENRE: Psychedelic Rock
WEBSITE: www.tameimpala.com
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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 & 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