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Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
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Based on 16 reviews
2010 Ratings: #292 / 865
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Based on 711 ratings
2010 Ratings: #35
May 25, 2010 / Release Date
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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.

It's been awhile since I gave old Innerspeaker a good focused listen. Therefore, here we are.

I remember talking to the guy who runs my local record store about Tame Impala right around when Currents came out. He told me that their sound went by decades. Innerspeaker was the 60s psychedelic rock sound, Lonerism jumped into the 70s wave of psych, and Currents played with the synth-heavy realm of psych. That's always made a lot of sense to me and has helped me orient to their albums a little ... read more
Tame Impala's debut album Innerspeaker is in my opinion an excellent debut, refining their 60's psychedelic rock sound and creating some ultimately amazing tracks in the process. While this album isn't their most varied in terms of tone and while the structure can be a bit odd (like I Don't Really Mind could be placed in the beginning or in the middle and it would work better), it's still an amazing display of some just incredible soundscapes and also some really great writing too.

favourite ... read more
It's Tame Impala. It's amazing.

Tame Impala's noisy, drug-induced debut takes on a different vibe than his other two albums. There's more uniformity in the sounds presented here, and the psychedelic landscapes are only enhanced by the sheer wall of sound that each track brings to the record as a whole.

Color: White
FAV TRACKS: Lucidity, Alter Ego, Desire Be Desire Go, Expectation, Solitude is Bliss, The Bold Arrow of Time, Runaway Houses City Clouds, Jeremy's Storm
LEAST FAV: It Is Not Meant To Be, I Don't Really Mind
The sound is good. The sound is great! The sound gets worn out...

Innerspeaker has certainly grown on me since my first listen, but at the same time those initial problems I had still stands.
Most importantly of all, this record feels waaaay longer than it actually is. So this problem with length, plus the fact that there isn't really all that much exciting about it, makes it almost grating to get through at times.

Sure there's a couple of cuts that not only shows Tame Impala's love for ... read more
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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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