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Alex Lebl, Contributig Writer

Tame Impala – Lonerism

With his newest release, Kevin Parker, the mastermind behind all of Tame Impala’s music, has taken a huge step in realizing his true potential as a songwriter. Since coming out with his first album, Innerspeaker, Parker has begun to develop his ideas further. This has led to Lonerism, a much more accessible album.

Previously, most Tame Impala songs repeated the same phrases for three minutes and added effects pedals (Parker seems to have and use all of them); the songs on Lonerism, however, are more linear, and not only grow in effects, but also in creativity, instrumentation and development. This is evidenced from the start in the opener, “Be Above It,” which begins with a vocal loop and gradually adds more instruments as the song progresses. This trend continues with “Apocalypse Dreams” and “Mind Mischief,” two of the best songs on the album.

The high point of the album is “Elephant,” a good, old-fashioned, driving rock song that combines the rock of the ‘60s and ‘70s with the technology of the current decade.

Also a vast improvement from Innerspeaker is the quality of the songs. The tracks on Lonerism are both more accessible and more prone to getting stuck in the listener’s head (in a good way) than those of the previous album.

Lonerism is a joy to listen to throughout, although, as most psych-rockers are prone to do, Parker does get a little self-indulgent with the effects. On songs such as “She Just Won’t Believe Me,” and “Sun’s Coming Up,” Parker tends to let his “influences” get the better of him. But despite that small hiccup, Tame Impala has certainly made something worth listening to. 7.5/10.

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