30 Songs, 1 Hour 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This collection of leftovers, rarities, outtakes, b-sides, and stray tracks is in some ways the best way to hear this definitive grunge band. Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, established them in the public mind as an ennui-laden powerhouse of a hard rock band. Yet while Eddie Vedder sings with an arena rock vocalist's sense of reach, he just as easily can sit himself in a corner to mourn in quiet. Lost Dogs is much more fun than the band’s proper studio albums. It has no need to fulfill or extend a particular album’s mood. In its place is a looseness that the band rarely explore on tape. The rockers kick with wilder abandon (“Sad,” “Alone”), the pop songs flow with a sweet twist (“Down,” “Hitchhiker“), the ballads express great sorrow and mystery (“Strangest Tribe,” “Drifting,” “4/20/02”), and the goofy moments show the band have a sense of humor (the mock-noir “Sweet Lew,” the funk-metal “Dirty Frank”). “Last Kiss” and “Yellow Ledbetter” are the most familiar to fans, and 11 previously unreleased tracks make for an added bonus. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

This collection of leftovers, rarities, outtakes, b-sides, and stray tracks is in some ways the best way to hear this definitive grunge band. Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, established them in the public mind as an ennui-laden powerhouse of a hard rock band. Yet while Eddie Vedder sings with an arena rock vocalist's sense of reach, he just as easily can sit himself in a corner to mourn in quiet. Lost Dogs is much more fun than the band’s proper studio albums. It has no need to fulfill or extend a particular album’s mood. In its place is a looseness that the band rarely explore on tape. The rockers kick with wilder abandon (“Sad,” “Alone”), the pop songs flow with a sweet twist (“Down,” “Hitchhiker“), the ballads express great sorrow and mystery (“Strangest Tribe,” “Drifting,” “4/20/02”), and the goofy moments show the band have a sense of humor (the mock-noir “Sweet Lew,” the funk-metal “Dirty Frank”). “Last Kiss” and “Yellow Ledbetter” are the most familiar to fans, and 11 previously unreleased tracks make for an added bonus. 

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