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Album Review

A strange phenomenon with anthemic hard rock bands is that when they begin to mature and branch out into new musical genres, they nearly always choose to embrace both the music and spirituality of the East and India, and Pearl Jam is no exception. Throughout No Code, Eddie Vedder expounds on his moral and spiritual dilemmas; where on previous albums his rage was virtually all-consuming, it is clear on No Code that he has embraced an unspecified religion as a way to ease his troubles. Fortunately, that has coincided with an expansion of the group's musical palette. From the subtle, winding opener, "Sometimes," and the near-prayer of the single, "Who You Are," the band reaches into new territory, working with droning, mantra-like riffs and vocals, layered exotic percussion, and a newfound subtlety. Of course, they haven't left behind hard rock, but like any Pearl Jam record, the heart of No Code doesn't lie in the harder songs, it lies in the slower numbers and the ballads, which give Vedder the best platform for his soul-searching: "Present Tense," "Off He Goes," "In My Tree," and "Around the Bend" equal the group's earlier masterpieces. While a bit too incoherent, No Code is Pearl Jam's richest and most rewarding album to date as well as their most human. They might be maturing in a fairly conventional method, but they still find new ways to state old truths.

Customer Reviews

are they as good as led zep???

great album from the jammers, from out and out rockers like hail, hail, to the punk thrash of lukin, this is superb. will they be remembered as the greatest of all time?.


Still the bands greatest achievment... a stunning blend of Neil Young type rockers (Hail Hail, Habit), sentimental ballads (Off He Goes, Around The Bend), music of the east and India (Who You Are), to the reflective, spiritual (Present Tense, In My Tree) however the stand out track has to be harmonica led "Smile", an instantly catchy little number that you will want to play over and over. So called fans of Pearl Jam gave up on the band with No Code andit was their last record to sell a few million, for those who still love the band 20 years on many view this is their greatest record.

If you want a record that has a mix of sounds, but shows a band not scared to try new things buy this album.. I promise you it wont dissapoint


Undoubtedly their masterpiece. Perfect in every way. In 20 years time this record will be looked back upon as a true great, and their best. There is simply no filler on this LP. "Off He Goes" will make you cry, and "Hail Hail" is impossible to listen to without moving. Jack Iron's "In My Tree" has some of the best drumming on any PJ song, and Vedder's voice throughout is unbeatable. Gossard's slide guitar on "Red Mosquito" is a revelation. Buy it now! You will not regret it.


Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After Mother Love Bone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on drums. Thanks to future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder, who overdubbed...
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