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Editors’ Notes

Teaming up with their old producer Brendan O'Brien, who twirled the knobs for their classic albums and remixed their debut, Pearl Jam attempt to nail down their punk rock roots on 2009's Backspacer with the aggressive ferocity of "Gonna See My Friend" and "Got Some." It's an attack they return to intermittently in order to shake the heaviness in their souls. However, it's in Eddie Vedder's DNA to sing with the weight of the world on his shoulders and it wouldn't be a Pearl Jam album if he didn't do some of his best work in the quieter, more reflective spaces. Album closer "The End" (not The Doors song!) is reminiscent of his solo work on the Into the Wild soundtrack, while the ballad "Just Breathe" recalls not their punk rock roots, but their debts to English prog-folk gods Jethro Tull. "The Fixer" perks up as a measured uptempo with an unusual positive sense. "Johnny Guitar" throws together powerchords from The Who playbook. "Amongst the Waves" comes closest to classic Pearl Jam grandeur with organ and guitars blending in dramatic fashion.

Customer Reviews

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This is a pretty good cd, but it has its flaws. Pearl Jam went through a disturbing trend of changing styles in their cds in the last decade, from following their roots and rocking, to making poppy, catchy tunes. This one reverted back to poppy, with Eddie completely losing his garbly lyrics that are a trademark. This cd still jams, but its not up to the high standard PJ set in the 90s. The Fixer and Just Breathe are the two most popular songs on this cd, but tracks like Got Some and Amongst the Waves show that PJ has still got the ability to rock while still showing meaning in the finished product.

Amazing Album.

But I got some beef to settle with iTunes. If your gonna delete a album off of iTunes and then put it back up, give it's ratings and review back atleast, don't just start it over. (this had thousands of ratings a month ago) ugh.

This album, like Riot Act, took me while to get into but eventually won me over

For some reason when I first heard the album about the only songs that I got into was Force of Nature (that surprisingly was not a hit for them) and Amongst the Waves. On repeat plays the whole album kept getting better. Yes it's short (36 minutes) but it really doesn't need to be any longer. When it's done I am not left feeling that the album was incomplete in any way.

Biography

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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