Eddie Vedder
Into The Wild [Music For The Motion Picture]


3.5
great

Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
December 20th, 2009 | 51 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Relax, and let Eddie Vedder take you to the wilderness of Alaska.

Eddie Vedder is one of those musicians that needs no introduction. His impact on the 90’s grunge scene was immense; his powerful and distinct vocals were influential to not only future rock bands, but also defined the entire movement. With rock classic “Ten” released in 1991, Vedder was the highlight of the record, providing both tremendous songwriting and his angst-ridden and passionate vocals. As Pearl Jam’s career worn on, Vedder began to lose the angst that so adequately fit “Ten” and “Vs.” and developed much more of a pure singing style. With that said, each of the more recent Pearl Jam records have proved that Vedder can still awe and blow the listener away with his vocals, which contain both the emotion and conspicuous nature that is necessary. In 2007, Vedder recorded his first and only solo album to date; proving that he can succeed outside of the shadow of Pearl Jam.

Vedder’s “Into the Wild” solo record was written as a soundtrack to the Sean Penn film of the same name. In the movie, the main character (Emile Hirsch) graduates from college and donates his money and leaves his possessions behind to travel across the United States. Hirsch’s character eventually gets to the wilderness of Alaska, where he tests his survival skills and thinks about the troubles of his domesticated life. The soundtrack is not your conventional Pearl Jam sound, but has a rather folk flavor to it. Previous tracks Long Road from “Merkinball” and “No Code’s” Off He Goes are an accurate suggestion to what “Into the Wild” sounds like. Despite the change in background music for Vedder’s vocals to compliment, his effect is quite similar. Vedder isn’t exactly howling at the top of his lungs, but his cutting edge tone is still very much alive.

Both the opener Setting Forth and following track No Ceiling virtually establish the atmosphere for the record; the latter utilizing the play of a banjo to provide the earthy “wild” resonance. No Ceiling at just over a minute and a half is almost tragically too short, but is brilliant for every second. Vedder’s vocals are what hooks the listener and he sings, “Comes the morning, when I can feel, that there's nothing left to be concealed. Moving on a scene surreal, no my heart will never, will never be far from here.” The short length is what plagues the album to an extent, for expansion would have proved to be beneficial in certain areas.

The two most extensive tracks on the album are oddly enough the two cover songs. Both Hard Sun and Society are undoubtedly underscores of the record, and feature some of Vedder’s best vocal performances. Hard Sun is a majestic piece, elevated by backing singers and the rare appearance of electric guitars. Towards the end of the album, Hard Sun presents a powerful break from the earthy folk that dominates the record. In the case of Society however, there is much more of a focus on the lyrical aspect and purely reflects on the journey contained in the film. “Society you’re a crazy breed. Hope you’re not lonely, without me.” Society is one of several tracks whose title can be literally tied in to the story, along with Setting Forth and End of the Road. Society represents the main character’s disconnection from the civilized world, while Setting Forth refers to the beginning of the journey and End of the Road is well, the end of the road.

Although “Into the Wild” serves as an excellent soundtrack to the film, but when taken out of context does not seem like a standout record in any regard. Even just thinking about the concepts without actually watching the movie heightens the music a bit. “Into the Wild” is not the most striking collection of songs written by Vedder, but is a tremendous point for his solo songwriting to improve. When listening to the album, not a great deal will stand out and awe you however, as a whole is a satisfying listening experience.

Recommended Tracks:
No Ceiling
Rise
Hard Sun
Society



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Comments:Add a Comment 
EVedder27
December 20th 2009


6088 Comments


Absolutely no connection between my user name and this musician.........
Anyways I have not actually seen the movie and I sort of feel like I should now.

Romulus
December 20th 2009


8441 Comments


Definitely see the movie, it was worth it. I actually just started the book a few days ago. And the review is great, have a pos.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009


15050 Comments


this album is really good


i enjoy it more than i should probably i mean thesongs are too shport and not really even songs some times but the movie was great so meaybe the afefectd m y view of the songs


hard sun+rise+guaranteed+society are best but i likeem ALL

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009


10495 Comments


this is one of my favorite movies, solid soundtrack as well

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Tulannical
December 20th 2009


2051 Comments


cool album. haven't seen the movie though.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2009


15050 Comments


rllly good see it



seriosuly

EVedder27
December 20th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks romgsom. I'm very intriguiged about these movie now I may have to rent it this week.

CelestialDust
December 20th 2009


3155 Comments


very interesting movie, kept me thinking long after it was done

Romulus
December 20th 2009


8441 Comments


It's such a cool concept. I'm just not into the whole....not gonna give away the ending.

Edit: Movie-wise it was awesome, I'm talking real life

RobertDennis2
December 20th 2009


134 Comments


Read the book, watch the movie.

tom79
December 20th 2009


3376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent movie and soundtrack

Digging: Wil Wagner - Laika

Blindsided
December 20th 2009


1871 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another stellar review Mike. I need to watch the movie and listen to this album too.

EVedder27
December 20th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks Joe, definitely listen to the album its pretty solid throughout.

AnotherBrick
December 20th 2009


9771 Comments


"Absolutely no connection between my user name and this musician........." i dont believe you!

review was pretty damn solid. the way you explained it kinda gave off the impression that it deserves more then a 3.5 though

EVedder27
December 20th 2009


6088 Comments


Thanks man, and I seem to have been doing that lately. My last paragraph was supposed to justify the 3.5 rating though.

AnotherBrick
December 20th 2009


9771 Comments


ha ya i figured so, but all in all it was a good review and im adding this to my need to get list

po0ty
December 21st 2009


489 Comments


probably my favorite movie

Nagrarok
December 21st 2009


8259 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Excellllent work once more. It seems you listened to my advise.

EVedder27
December 21st 2009


6088 Comments


Yes I did, and thank you.

handoman
December 21st 2009


2386 Comments


sad movie



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