Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
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Based on 16 reviews
2010 Ratings: #295 / 874
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Based on 877 ratings
2010 Ratings: #53
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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.

Many people enjoy nostalgia, as a sentimental longing, or wistful affection from previous years, may it be through relishing a memory, visiting a place of your childhood, or hearing a sound that instantly takes you back, to a good or a bad memory. I find the nostalgic aspect of music to be among the strongest, as many songs and the sounds within them do more to make a person feel a certain way, than some pictures or tangible objects can. That is not to say that nostalgia is always a good thing, ... read more
BAND OF THE WEEK: Album Thoughts #1

Tame Impala definitely has a signature sound and already on his debut it feels fully formed. I'm a huge fan of Currents but because of that, I've mostly avoided his earlier material since I really enjoy the crystal clear produced psychedelic pop sound of that record, and have never been particularly fond of psychedelic rock, besides a few records. But I must say, you can clearly hear that it's the same artist and it's done somewhat in the same style; ... read more
I'm gonna be honest here, I've listened to everything by Tame Impala... except for "Innerspeaker". After a year or two of trying, however, I've finally gotten my hands on it and... it's pretty great. Tame Impala kick off their debut with that psychedelic sound they're (he's) known for, though in a more traditional way. It might not have the same amount of soundplay as later projects would, the album makes up for it with loads of reverb/delay and phaser effects, a big soft spot for me. ... read more

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
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
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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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