Tame Impala review comin’ in: Overall, Tame Impala was O.K. For the 4 or so songs that could hit it home, they were great. However, I have several criticisms that just made some of the songs unbearably boring at best— 1) The long, mediocre ‘jam band’ interludes which would last generally 2 or more minutes before coming back into the song left me feeling out of touch with the song itself! Each time the band came back into a main riff or verse/ chorus of the song (the most well crafted bits of the song), the crowd would go wild, and I’d like to believe it’s because subconsciously, everyone wanted MORE of the good bits as did I, rather than them superbly enjoying a drawn-out bit of jamming and ‘nowhereness’. 2) The generally slow-paced, uninspiring type songs that filled the space between popular Singles lacked direction. I felt many times that I was in actuality listening to a band jamming around their garage until it suddenly stopped and they began a more distinctive song. In short, many of the songs lacked their own character and felt white-washed with sameness. So while the guitar tones, drum patterns, and keyboards all had a brilliant sonic vibrancy and pleasure about them, it was like using diamond scaffolding for an architectural plan that looked terrible. 3) While the singer (Parker) has a strangely, distinct, and overall amazing sounding voice, the melodies of many songs were all but forgettable save the very well crafted Singles (like Elephant, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, and Mind Mischief for example) and hardly had that sing-along connection with the audience that so many crave and provide the band with a musical career whose longevity overtakes that of the band itself. Finally—- while I understand that they are a psychedelic band, they need more tunes that get people going as I’ve seen video after video and live myself where people just stand still and watch them. All in all, a lot of talent and musical ‘know-how’ but there is a lack of aggression, edginess, catchiness, and excitement which I believe could really carry a band like this to brighter horizons. I don’t buy the hype of the group or album, even though NME and other significant music magazines ranked the album ‘Lonerism’ Number 1 of 2012, given that such songs as ‘Elephant’ have been done before by bands with songs in the very same vein like Kasabian with ‘Shoot The Runner’ or Muse with ‘Uprising’. I understand the hype however in a few short words: a new band, from Australia, psychedelia, underground scene, they have a cool vibe about them, but need tighter songs as a whole, stronger, more memorable melodies, and to create more of an exciting stage presence. Nevertheless, I’d check them out just so you can see what they’re all about and see where they go from here.