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TAME IMPALA – Lonerism

| 11 February 2013 | Reply

Label: Modular
Released: June 2012
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

Tame Impala - Lonerism CD

Tame Impala’s second album, Lonerism, is being feted by hipsters across not only our sunburnt country, but throughout England and The States also, all celebrating their muted-fuzz indie-psych take on modern Beatles-esque pop as a truly transformative new thang.

There’s a lot to like on Lonerism: those Beatlesey melodies and structures beefed up with a boogie glam foundation and filtered though sunlight and a Flaming Lips-like production, and when they get it right it’s particularly trippy like on Apocalypse Dreams, or full steam ahead rocking (Elephant).

At other times though there is a preponderance to noodle away, the hazy sunlight getting a bit much without the right drugs to enhance the listening experience.

Lonerism has opened a lot of doors for the Perth boys already, and no doubt will continue to win over students and hipsters eager to follow the buzz of a “next big thing”, but to our more seasoned hard rocking ears it’s a case of abundant style but a lot less substance.

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