7. Tame Impala – Lonerism
There’s more to Tame Impala than the Beatles comparisons. Sure, Kevin Parker — who is Tame Impala in the studio — really does sound like John Lennon, but more importantly, his music captures the Beatles’ penchant for pop.
Parker takes that basic Beatle pop and skews it into something his own. His warped psychedelic effects on both Lonerism and its predecessor, Innerspeaker, sound more acid-soaked than when the Beatles actually were on acid. But the massive synths, blown-out riffs and reverb never wash away the pop at the heart of his music. And nobody writes pop like this anymore.