Tame Impala - Lonerism
Feb 19, 2021
#189 of Fantano's Top 200 of the Decade

I’ll be honest here, I don’t love Tame Impala as much as a lot of people on this site do… but Lonerism… this is Kevin Parker’s magnum opus. Lonerism is where Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rock sound comes into fruition. You can cite Tame Impala as the main band who helped usher in and revitalize modern-day psychedelic rock, a genre that was growing rather stale in the early 2010s, and bring it into the electronic generation, now with as much of a focus on synthetic production as guitars themselves. The dreamy and lush vocals are drowned in a pool of perfectly textured and densely layered guitars, synths, and drums. Mind you, a lot of the instrumentation and vocals are sheathed in euphoric reverb and distortion, creating a sound that will throw you for a whirl and make you feel dizzy with all its psychedelic, lulling sounds. Don’t let the exquisite sound fool you into thinking that’s all the album has to offer, though. Kevin Parker’s songwriting is at the top of its game here more often than not. I mean, some tracks do really reek of White Album era Beatles a bit too much, with Kevin sounding a lot like a slightly higher pitched John Lennon, and the reverb can sometimes make songs a bit hard to follow, but all in all, Lonerism is one of the peaks of 2010s psychedelic rock.

Decent 8/10
Favorite Tracks: Endors Toi, Apocalypse Dreams, Music To Walk Home By, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, She Just Won’t Believe Me, Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control, Sun’s Coming Up
Worst Track: Be Above It

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