The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2012: #6


Tame Impala – Lonerism

Released 5th October 2012, Modular Recordings

The psychedelic Australian rockers return with the follow up to their 2010 debut Innerspeaker with Lonerism. The first single from the album, ‘Elephant’ was released in July, followed up by ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.’


  • 17% of contributors included the album in their top ten
  • Of those, 34% ranked the album in their top three
  • Ranked the album of the year by one contributor

Review by Jan Kobal, Edge writer (ranked the album #3):

In a world where anyone who even remotely attempts to emulate Syd Barret, The Beatles, or Jimi Hendrix is critically crucified it’s impossible to state how important this release was for the music industry this year. No sound seems out of place and the production is meticulously structured, yet anything they touch seems to melt away into a milieu of psychedelic ecstasy. By incorporating the structures of 80’s pop hits on certain tracks and abandoning any form of structure on others the band created a realm of their own this year. Probing listeners to engage with their architecture yet simultaneously ignore it altogether in order to achieve a state of mind that serves only to enhance the experience they aimed to generate. With all this in mind, Lonerism is an LP that just cannot be missed.

Review by David Martin, Edge Editor (ranked the album #4):

Tame Impala’s sophomore album is a delight in rich, psychedelic textures which are both a throwback to the past and a wonderful medley of modern, experimental innovation. With swirling vocals and synth effects and deep percussion, Lonerism is a mesmerising experience.


  • Ranked #1 on NME’s “50 Best Albums of 2012” list
  • Ranked #1 on FILTER’s “Top 20 of 2012” list
  • Ranked #4 on Pitchfork’s “Top 50 Albums of 2012” list


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