Tame Impala - Lonerism

I took a while to get to this album because I really do love the first. Their debut, Innerspeaker, is still one of my most heard albums. Why take the risk of ruining their sound with a second album?

I shouldn't have been negative, because this one shows what their sound is all about. Psychedelic Prog with zesty Sci-Fi sounds for good measure.

Today's track, Apocalypse Dreams, shows a similar sound for the fans, but it also shows that they're less laid-back with the approach and that they're capable of slightly more complicated and equally well produced music.

Give it a listen.

It's a bit of a lengthy track, sure, but it'll give you a great idea of what the album is like. A pretty happy feeling, echoing vocals, and well timed use of various instruments.

The base is a Psychedelic sound, and I'm glad they kept that clear. Where they managed to upgrade a bit was with the tempo and the changes. It's got a nice Prog feel to it that doesn't go over the top but makes the song really stand out.

Pare that up with a falsetto and use of some catchy chords here and there and you get a great view on the whole album. However, that doesn't mean it's all gonna sound the same.

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The album is as complete as any album should be. It's very well produced, timed, and balanced. There's the occasional off track like Elephant that shed a different beam of light entirely, and even then it all synchronizes perfectly.

The only problem I really have with the album is that I can't decide if it's as good or better than its predecessor. It's troubling in the sense that usually in the music world, every album after the first is a step-down from par. It's just hard for me to believe my ears.

But I'm sure everyone will have their own opinions, so if you liked Apocalypse Dreams I recommend at the very least finding a stream for the album to listen for yourself. It'll be worth it.
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  1. I love psychedelic acid rock man so this stuff is simply phenomenal in my opinion, love this stuff and I've bookmarked this page so I can go back tomorrow and get some of their stuff, it's so good!

  2. Yeah they are cool. Obviously very much inspired by trippy era Beatles, but that's a good thing.

    1. That's a lot more obvious on their debut than on this one. I'm glad it's still there at all, though.

  3. Yeah, they've got the roots of original psychedelic music still here and I really like this. I listened to Elephant as well and it's got a different texture, but still clearly the same band. Diggin this stuff D4.

  4. I like what they're going for though this particular song didn't really grab me in as much as I'd like.

    I think I'll check out their other album and go from there.


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