Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
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Based on 15 reviews
2010 Ratings: #305 / 855
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Based on 564 ratings
2010 Ratings: #32
May 25, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
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.

87
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.

85
Pitchfork

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.

81
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.

80
AllMusic

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

80
NME

‘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.

80
The Guardian

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

80
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.

70
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.

70
musicOMH

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.

70
DIY

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.

70
Coke Machine Glow

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

60
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.

40
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.

MiaWatterson
92
It's Tame Impala. It's amazing.
gas_souza
79
It Is Not Meant to Be - 75
Desire Be Desire Go - 85
Alter Ego - 80
Lucidity - 80
Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? - 80
Solitude Is Bliss - 80
Jeremy's Storm - 75
Expectation - 80
The Bold Arrow of Time - 75
Runway, Houses, City, Clouds - 80
I Don't Really Mind - 80

Destaque: Desire Be Desire Go
JustSomeGuy
61
When I started Innerspeaker, I was certain I had stumbled upon something amazing. The sound just grabbed me instantly. And although it was obvious that they were just emulating the sound of older bands like The Beatles, I didn't really care. It just sounded so good to me.
But then the third track started, and I could see instantly where it was going. It was just the same sound over and over again. The exact same song played for 53 minutes. 11 tracks that I can't differentiate. As soon as I ... read more
wedanceonrepeat
81
It Is Not Meant to Be - 7
Desire Be Desire Go - 8
Alter Ego - 8
Lucidity - 7
Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind? - 9
Solitude Is Bliss - 7
Jeremy's Storm - 8
Expectation - 10
The Bold Arrow of Time - 8
Runway, Houses, City, Clouds - 9
I Don't Really Mind - 8
tylersreviews
80
FAV TRACKS: It Is Not Meant To Be, Desire Be Desire Go, Alter Ego, Lucidity, Solitude Is Bliss, Expectation, Runway Houses City Clouds

LEAST FAV TRACK: The Bold Arrow Of Time

8/10
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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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