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Lonerism

Tame Impala

Lonerism

Self-produced follow-up to the highly-rated debut Innerspeaker from the Australian psych-rock band

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Modular
UK Release date
08/10/2012
US Release date
09/10/2012
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Virtually every instrument is caked in distortion, but not the warm, familiar fuzz of an overdriven amplifier. It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong. All this is underpinned by genuinely great songwriting
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  2. 9.5 |   Tone Deaf

    More far-out than its predecessor, but not too trippy as to obscure their many fans, Lonerism is another sensational album by one of Australia’s most creative artists
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  3. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    While Innerspeaker was largely a no-frills rock record, Lonerism fully embraces bubbly pop melodies that often incorporate a deeper bench of accompanying instrumentation
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  4. 9.1 |   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
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  5. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Propelled forever onwards and upwards by drums straight out of The Soft Bulletin, the spirit of Arthur Lee and a mighty phalanx of synthesisers and guitar, it just goes on and on
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  6. 9.0 |   Blurt

    Tame Impala's newest release wakes up from Innerspeaker's slumbering dream state, curtailing jam band tailspins for songs confident enough to find a solid ending
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  7. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    This album is incredibly intriguing and was executed beautifully. It’s an excellent choice for isolation or acid trips with best friends
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  8. 9.0 |   Prefix

    Tame Impala possesses an uncanny ear for reconstructing psychedelia that spans decades while remaining undeniably present
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  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    One of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era
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  10. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An array of songs and sound production to surpass their impressive 2010 debut
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  11. 9.0 |   NME

    A luscious, floaty ode to solitary life
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  12. 9.0 |   Clash

    If there were ever a modern day reason to go and tie-dye your entire wardrobe, this would be it
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  13. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    Lonerism's genius manifests itself in Tame Impala's ability to figure out a way to integrate the concepts of electronic music-making as a visceral, classically-indebted power trio
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  14. 9.0 |   DIY

    If “lonerism” is indeed about the process or action of becoming lonely, it may be the perfect title for the album because it’s hard to imagine anything in recent memory that touches upon its greatness. It is that good and it will probably be unmatched for a while
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  15. 9.0 |   music OMH

    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. An album of the year contender
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  16. 9.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Tame Impala are the sound of brave new worlds and sunlit uplands, and Lonerism is an album which seems to float four feet above the ground
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  17. 8.7 |   PlayGround

    If “Innerspeaker” was already a cosmic, unrestrained, explosive album, “Lonerism” raises the stakes without sacrificing a single one of the group’s differentiating features
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  18. 8.6 |   Beats Per Minute

    This album is meditative, layered and confident, simultaneously cooler and more temperate than its predecessor. It’s overstocked with expansive diapason tones and stunning melodies, both of which gel marvelously over time
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  19. 8.3 |   Bowlegs

    Impala’s latest opus broadens the band’s sound, whilst remaining true to the sound that made their debut such a success. Often disorientating, always entertaining, Lonerism is a universal must listen
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  20. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    A progressive, accessible album that could take Tame Impala to the next level, or the mainstream, whichever comes first
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  21. 8.0 |   Uncut

    More melodic and expansive than Innerspeaker. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Lonerism is liberally spiked with synths, propelling these songs even further towards the heart of the sun. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   Q

    While the mix of influences could produce self-indulgent noodling, songwriter Kevin Parker's ear for a tune keeps the songs focused. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Lonerism isn’t Innerspeaker—it’s too damned lonely. But it’s cut from the same cloth, finding deeper substance in the same ecstatic patchwork
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  25. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Lonerism is more than another slab of knowing record-collector rock. An organic, swirling sonic vortex, it’s based around proper, old-fashioned songs
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  26. 8.0 |   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
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  27. 8.0 |   The Fly

    A kaleidoscopic paint bomb of melody, texture and repetition
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  28. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Beneath all the dazzling soundscapes songwriter Kevin Parker never forgets the power of a strong tune
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  29. 8.0 |   BBC

    Lonerism’s giddy directions are as shiny and dazzling as that sun Tame Impala are flying into
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  30. 8.0 |   Pop Matters

    Slyly infectious
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  31. 8.0 |   Art Rocker

    A beefier and bigger second album that marries a more accessible pop aesthetic with an altogether heavier execution than on their debut
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  32. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    An album of glorious psychedelic highs, synth riffs and hazy, hallucinogenic drifts, Lonerism has layers and layers of the wow factor
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  33. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A record that will undoubtedly be used as a benchmark for guitar music of the near future
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  34. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Expertly balances heady textures with effortless melodicism
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  35. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    With their debut, Tame Impala crafted a record that burrowed into you and filled that space with a smorgasboard of redshifting sound palettes. It’s only the best moments on Lonerism that do the same
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  36. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The band may have crept onto the music scene with Innerspeaker but this fine collection proves Tame Impala are indeed ready to play out with the big kids
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