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The 50 Best Albums of 2012

37. Tame Impala, Lonerism

Label: Modular
Released: October 5

You can't talk about Tame Impala without mentioning the word "psychedelic," so let's first get that out of the way. Yes, Tame Impala makes psychedlic music. On their second album, though, the Australian rockers embrace a canvas of warm melodies and focused songwriting that shatters the stereotypical notion of a meandering acid trip of audible self-indulgence.

"Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" is an irresistible slice of pop, and while that concise lead single may be the point of entry, the rest opens up like a splash after the dive, giving way to one of the most sonically harmonious albums of the year.

The problem with psychedelic music may be that it seems to be endlessly aiming for something that it can never quite reach. With Lonerism, it sounds like Tame Impala got exactly what they were going for. -JM

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