Tame Impala (and more specifically Kevin Parker) is one of my favourite music artists around today, and although “Innerspeak” was his debut, “Lonerism” is when Kevin really hit the big time. Lots of great tracks on this, but how would I rank them?
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12 – Sun’s Coming Up
There won’t be many people that like this track, and although it’s a fairly passable song, the fact it closes the album is what really annoys me.
This just seems like an extremely underwhelming way of closing out a modern masterpiece, and I’ll put it in “Bad” for sheer disappointment alone.
11 – She Just Won’t Believe Me
There are a couple of musical interludes in this album, and this is probably my least favourite of the two.
10 – Keep On Lying
The other interlude track, and it’s just as passable as the other one. I think I prefer this one a little more though.
9 – Music To Walk Home By
Now we get to the real meat and bones of the album, and “Music To Walk Home By” is a nice little track. It doesn’t have the same oomph as the others, so I’d say this is the worst of the “proper” tracks.
8 – Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
Great song, points deducted for making me type out the whole title.
7 – Endors Toi
A great follow-up to “Be Above It” that sets the tone for the rest of the record. Not an absolute favourite of mine like the rest of the songs, but still a damn fine track.
6 – Apocalypse Dreams
Is “orgasmic” the right word for the chorus? The chorus alone is why this song is so high, so I think orgasmic is appropriate.
5 – Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
I don’t think this song gets the praise it deserves – it’s always been a favourite of mine, ever since I heard it. I used to consider this to be a top 10 Tame Impala song, but looking back I think that might be pushing it.
4 – Be Above It
An amazing album opener that would easily be Kevin’s best, but unfortunately for this album “Let It Happen” exists. I can’t think of a better track to get this album up and running.
3 – Mind Mischief
One of the instant classics from “Lonerism”, the drum part really hooks you straight away.
2 – Elephant
One of the best rock songs to come out of the 21st Century, and the guitar / bass tones are exquisite. This was actually one of the first songs I ever learned to play on bass, so it has a special place in my heart for that.
1 – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Calling a Tame Impala song an “All-Time Great” may seem sacrilegious, but “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” is really that good.
The vocals and bass are instantly mesmeric, and my favourite part of the song has to be when it keeps getting crazier and crazier in the final chorus. Kevin Parker at his weird and wonderful best.
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