Lonerism CD (2012)

Artist: Tame Impala

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on 5/12/2013

Don't get me wrong, Innerspeaker was a great album, but I find myself skipping over some of the tracks on that album because some of the songs are a little too repetitive for me and I get bored of them. However, this is not the case with Lonerism. I love every single song on this album and never have to skip tracks. There is not one song on this album that you will get bored of, every single song feels like electricity passing through your body. This album is filled with high energy and many surprises that you won't find on Innerspeaker. My favorite songs from this album are, "why won't they talk to me?", "feels like we only go backwards" and "nothing that has happened so far had been anything we could control".

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Product Overview


Label Modular Records/umvd
SKU 240399265
UPC 602537065189
UPC 14 00602537065189
Format CD
Release Date 10/9/2012
Author Tame Impala
Technical Info
Engineer Kevin Parker
Producer Kevin Parker
CatalogID MODCD 157
Lable Name Modular Recordings
Released 10/08/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 51m : 47s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602537065189
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Kevin Parker (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Dave Fridmann.
Recording information: 2010-2012.
Photographer: Matthew C. Saville.
There's a better than decent chance that, no matter where you are, Perth, Australia is pretty far away, a fact that pretty much makes Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker an isolated pop genius' isolated pop genius. Working mostly by himself, Parker mines this solitude with brilliant results on Tame Impala's sophomore effort, Lonerism. Diving headfirst into the realm of pop music, the way Parker uses keyboards to explore more traditional melodies makes the album feel like the McCartney to Innerspeaker's Lennon, blending the familiar with the far out to craft a Revolver-esque psych-pop experience. This shift from the guitar-heavy sound of the debut to a more synthed-out approach gives the album a more expansive feeling, allowing Parker to explore new textures through layer after layer of melody. As with Innerspeaker, sonic architect Dave Fridmann handles the mixing, and though he wasn't involved in the recording process, Lonerism definitely shares the producer's knack for using the space as an instrument in and of itself. This layering of not just sounds, but environments, creates a serene and lonely patchwork of sound, texture, and atmosphere that's a pleasure to explore, offering something different with every journey into its swirling haze of classic pop melody and modern, more experimental, construction. Most importantly, the partnership allows Fridmann to help shape Tame Impala's wild, starry-eyed ambition into something enveloping and accessible, a trick he's performed for the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev again and again. This combination gives Lonerism the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined. ~ Gregory Heaney
Professional Reviews
Billboard (p.36) - "[T]he introduction of unending electronic ambience morphs the set into a new breed of psychedelia."
Q (Magazine) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Mixed by Flaming Lips collaborator Dave Fridmann, LONERISM's 12 tracks seem designed to perfectly soundtrack smoke-scented sunsets."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.85) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "LONERISM is liberally sparked with synths, propelling these songs even further towards the heart of the sun."
Paste (magazine) - "LONERISM expertly balances heady textures with effortless melodicism."
Disc 1
1 Be Above It
2 Endors Toi
3 Apocalypse Dreams
4 Mind Mischief
5 Music to Walk Home By
6 Why Won't They Talk to Me?
7 Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8 Keep on Lying
9 Elephant
10 She Just Won't Believe Me
11 Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12 Sun's Coming Up
Product Attributes
Artist Tame Impala
Music Format Compact Disc

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