Lonerism - Tame Impala
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    One of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.
  2. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    It imparts that expansive happiness of catchy songs just at the margins of your memory, not quite in your grasp, a reminder of the pleasure of music, something beyond yourself.
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    Tame Impala prove far more exciting because, by maximizing the use of the available technology, they tap into the progressive and experimental spirit of psychedelic rock, and not just the sound.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    Lonerism is more melodic and expansive then 2010 debut Innerspeaker, connecting the disparate dots with real elan. [Nov 2012, p.84]
  5. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    While the mix of influences could produce self-indulgent noodling, songwriter Kevin Parker's ear for a tune keeps the songs focused. [Nov 2012, p.106]
  6. Nov 19, 2012
    80
    It's all tinged with, real communicable melancholy. [Nov 2012, p.85]
  7. Dec 4, 2012
    91
    The band's latest, Lonerism, digs even deeper into those themes and sounds [early-'70s psychedelia, proto-metal, and British pop], and pulls out a masterful collage.
  8. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Lonerism isn't Innerspeaker--it's too damned lonely. But it's cut from the same cloth, finding deeper substance in the same ecstatic patchwork.
  9. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    An album of the year contender.
  10. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    [Tame Impala's Kevin] Parker's little boy may be emotionally bruised, but his capacity for capturing bliss remains unblemished.
  11. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Lonerism marks Tame Impala's arrival as a genuine force to be reckoned with, and even if at times there's a feeling Parker's trying to cram too many ideas into one piece, it's a record that will undoubtedly be used as a benchmark for guitar music of the near future.
  12. Nov 14, 2012
    100
    It feels digital, alien, the sound of modern machines going wrong. All this is underpinned by genuinely great songwriting
  13. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    It may not break much new ground, certainly not for instrumentation or other reasons given, but it's one of the most solid albums all year.
  14. 70
    The melodies are clearer, pushed up in the mix, given agency by their immediacy. The psych bits have earned an assured swagger, spiraling out from the center of songs.
  15. Nov 14, 2012
    75
    Lonerism expertly balances heady textures with effortless melodicism.
  16. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Themes of isolation and solipsism unfold musically as much as lyrically. Produced with help from Flaming Lips go-to guy Dave Fridmann, Lonerism surprises with layers of detail.
  17. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    Tame Impala possesses an uncanny ear for reconstructing psychedelia that spans decades while remaining undeniably present.
  18. Nov 14, 2012
    70
    Yet if Lonerism's epic psych-gasm has a weak spot, it's how it rarely slows down to take in the extraordinary view whizzing by.
  19. Nov 14, 2012
    88
    Lonerism is a dense slab, and much may resist exploration on the first 5, 10, or 20 listens, but the swaths that pass through even the most garbled neural net are nourishing enough to sustain a considerable journey.
  20. Dec 21, 2012
    80
    The titles and lyrics form a kind of manifesto of loneliness, elevating self-doubt and even insecurity into badges of honour. He struggles but, with the music growing all around him like a protective cushion, we only hear the sound of a deep, blissful sigh.
  21. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    This album is incredibly intriguing and was executed beautifully.
  22. Nov 19, 2012
    75
    There's aren't a whole lot of songs here that really stand out on their own.... But the members of Tam Impala possess such boundless energy and obvious, puppy-like enthusiasm that it would be downright churlish to dismiss them. [No. 92, p.81]
  23. 80
    Tame Impala saves itself from mere revivalism with 21st-century self-consciousness and, tucked amid the swirl and buzz, touching confessions of insecurity.
  24. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    There are few out there above what he has achieved with Lonerism.
  25. Nov 14, 2012
    88
    Lonerism is a life raft for the abyss of song-induced self-reflection it inspires.
  26. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    Hypno-grooving at its best.
  27. Nov 27, 2012
    90
    While none of the songs are deeply political or poetic like the wartime bands that predated Tame Impala, they are no less poignant and often delve into a reflective sadness of longing to belong.
  28. Nov 14, 2012
    90
    Lonerism is an absolutely amazing and inspiring record.
  29. The way your patience is so handsomely rewarded is what truly makes Lonerism such an engrossing spectacle.
  30. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    This is a progressive, accessible album that could take Tame Impala to the next level, or the mainstream, whichever comes first. Not bad work for a directionless layabout.
  31. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    ["Be Above It"] sets the tone for an album that follows closely in the sonic footsteps of its predecessor while occupying a more streamlined headspace.
  32. Overall, Tame Impala have created a steady sophomore album.
  33. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    A joyous sense of imagination proves to be its own reward.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 186 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 6, 2012
    10
    Incredible classic rock inspired sound that sends you on a nouveau psychedelic journey through lavish multi-layered soundscapes and leave you in slack-jawed amazement after every track. Personally i thought their debut album Innerspeaker would be tough to top, but this really takes the band to a new level. A no contest best album of the year, and sure to be one of the best of the decade. A psychedelic pop masterpiece. Full Review »
  2. Nov 18, 2012
    9
    Finally this website puts this on here. Great album, easily better than 'Innerspeaker' and one of the best of 2012. I wouldn't call it perfect, but it's close enough. Full Review »
  3. Dec 31, 2012
    10
    Lonerism or loner??? Definitely one of the best albums of 2012. Tracks to listen: Elephant, Led Zeppelin (a bonus track) and Beverly Laurel (another bonus track). Full Review »