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Lonerism (album) by Tame Impala 

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Lonerism
Lonerism by Tame Impala (2012)
Overall rank: 101st   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2012 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 2010s (4th)
Top 200 albums of all time (101st)

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From corenfro 01/31/2017 03:26
Lonerism is a profound listen if you give it some time. Tame Impala is a pseudonym for Kevin Parker, the writer and producer of every song as well as playing every instrument.

Not sure if most of my millennial peers have the background to fully appreciate this thing. But I show it to my Dad who grew up in the 60's and he instantly grasped the genius of this piece. Parker wears his influences on his sleve, as far as 60's/70's psychedelic/progressive rock. Lots of sources claim comparison to the Beatles, and now that I've studied both artist's catelogues I can see it. But it wasn't apparent to me at first listen, because this is so much more sonically immersive than the beatles.

Parker doesn't "hide" his influences because he doesn't need to - he's created a whole new landscape with his guitars/synths/arpegiators and the production is otherworldly as far how he uses effects to expand the dimensions of the music in different ways. The masterful production is only fully appreciated through a quality set of headphones/speakers and a quality DAC + preamp, because what he does to the mix is truly incredible. Phaser, flanger, filter, envelope, reverb, panning, all these things are floating around in sonic perfection. Even if you don't appreciate this kind of music, you can't deny this is a remarkable piece of enigneering.

Musically he comes up with the most infectious, and emotional chord progressions / harmonys / melodies that I honestly can't make it through this album without crying. And it's not always the vocals providing these things. The interactions of the instruments, particularly the bass lines, that weave in and out of the unique chord progressions is truly remarkable.

Tame Impala is also without a doubt the best live band I've ever seen. His meticulous approach to perfection is tweaked perfectly for a live setting. The painstaking effort that is put in to the live show is far to great to detail on this already massive album comment, but let's just say if you have a chance to see him live, take it. Take a vacation day for afterwards because you won't want to do anything other than reflect (I was fairly sober for this show a small amount of marijuana but it was to this second the trippiest and most psychedelic experience of my life)
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From Seab 01/23/2017 23:50
A great modern psychedelic rock record, filled with many hits all around.

Favorite Track: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
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From Impzz 01/16/2017 12:34
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From JulianR 12/07/2016 03:02
I my opinion, this is one of the best albums ever made. Far better than either innerspeaker or currents. I think 'Be above it' is not appreciated enough, and the 'why wont they talk to me' is may be the best track on the album. 'Feels like we only go backwards' seems at times to be a little generic almost, but overall pretty good.

This album manages to have a fairly experimental sound to it, yet also be exceptionally listenable. Even the strange chords at the end of 'suns coming up' have an ethereal beauty to them that isn't reached by many other bands trying to do the same thing. Sometimes reminiscent of the flaming lips at thier best and early pink floyd
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From sethmadsen 11/28/2016 03:28
Works best in your subconscious. I learned that if I actively listen to it, it somehow degrades, but works wonders on my subconscious while doing other things.

This is not to dis the album. Just my experience. Also the vocals are fantastic for this day and age.
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From TorkilSkorgen 10/06/2016 15:38
One of my favourite albums of all time! Kevin Parker is a genius!
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From discojets1 09/07/2016 01:59
Dream pop at its finest
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