Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mr. Lean Mug USER (112 Reviews)
May 1st, 2006 | 110 replies | 24,680 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


15 of 18 thought this review was well written

I remember when I was eight years old. That was the year I started playing guitar. That was the year I had my first crush. That was also the year that I bought my first album. That album was Pearl Jam’s masterpiece of a debut Ten, and ever since then, I haven't looked back from ol' "Mookie Blaylock" (the band's original name). Needless to say, Pearl Jam are one of my favorite bands. That’s one of the few constants on my ever-changing palette of musical taste. I don't foresee that changing anytime soon.

Pearl Jam have had a long, tumultuous history from their humble beginnings as a product of the "Seattle Explosion's" grunge acts. Thus, Pearl Jam has had a lot of people involved with them over the years (have you seen all the line-up changes?!). This of course is a good thing, as it has allowed the band to branch off in several different directions, making for a unique surprise on every album they release.

Their latest effort, Pearl Jam, is no exception. The album on the whole recalls Pearl Jam of the past, but still shows that grunge's biggest act can simultaneously reinvent themselves into something even greater. This is a feat that few bands (especially many great ones) fail to pull off with success.

The albums begins with "Life Wasted." I can't imagine a better way to start an album. Mike Macready’s typically rough guitar lines compliment front man Eddie Vedder's voice perfectly. It's been a while, but these guys show off that they can still rock (and do a pretty damn good job of it, I must say). The next song is the album's single "World Wide Suicide." Slightly light hearted, this song may recall Pearl Jam's No Code days (which in my opinion is a very good thing). I can honestly say that "World Wide Suicide" is another worthy addition to Pearl Jam's legendary singles catalog (not to compare it to any of the others; I'll leave such a conclusion up to you, dear reader).

Next up we have "Comatose." This one has a very angry sound about it. This is good, because Pearl Jam do angst and frustration very, very well. Vedder’s voice reaches a shriek like pitch on this one (hardly a bad thing) and a fair (albeit short) guitar solo from McCready make this concise song a nice change of pace for the album. One of my favorites off of this album comes next. "Severed Hand" has the 'right stuff'. It's Pearl Jam, damn it! And with this kind of sound, it sure doesn’t seem afraid to admit it. "Marker in the Sand" is the next track. Catchy, melodic, and typically grungy, this is another one of Pearl Jam's greatest. I’m particularly a fan of the vocals and drumming on this one. Matt Cameron flexes his chops in a somewhat restrained way behind the skins (which works, methinks).

Ah, finally something soft. What Pearl Jam album would be complete without a song of this nature? "Parachutes" is certainly not the best song that this album has to offer, but it's certainly different. It sounds almost as if Pearl Jam are playing at trying to sound like an 80s pop-rock band on this one. Another one of my favorites would be "Unemployable." Great lyrics and great music form great synergy on this track. Again, the guitar work and drumming are commendable. We start the hard rocking again with "Big Wave." There's not much to say about this song: It's Pearl Jam doing what they do best. Give it a listen for yourself and you’ll hear.

And now we come to what is (in my humble opinion) one of the two greatest songs on this album. The tranquil "Gone." My favorite song on the album combines all the elements I love of Pearl Jam: Wonderful lyrics; beautiful, hooky music; and a message. This song is by far one of Pearl Jam’s greatest accomplishments, and the definitive "Must-Listen" from their self-titled album.

"Wasted Reprise" is a simple intro for the amazing "Army Reserve." For some reason, this song seems to make me draw similarities to U2's legendary "Sunday Bloody Sunday." Call me crazy, but that's just what it makes me recall. Perfectly synced lyrics and music make this one another one of this album's best tracks. The soft "Come Back" has a very "country" feel to it. I’m not a fan of country music, but I suppose I could warm up to it a little more if it sounded slightly more like this song.

The final song, the epic (well, for this album; clocking in at 7:08) "Inside Job" is my other favorite from Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder does some amazing singing on this one, and Macready’s guitar work is fabulous. This is one impressive song, and another “Must-Listen” from this album. A perfect ending to an excellent album.

Pearl Jam continue to do a great job of staying fresh and innovative. Their latest work showcases songwriting from every era they've been through, and even some of their own progressions. While it may not impress as much as classics like Ten or No Code, Pearl Jam’s self-titled release is one hell of an album. I highly recommend looking into it, whether you're an old fan of the band's, or someone just wetting their feet in the waters that are "Mookie Blaylock."



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm looking forward to getting this. But I thought that it comes out May 2. I guess i'm wrong though.

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why would this review need to be deleted? Is something up that I'm unaware of?

Its May 1, Release date=May 2, but thats just what I heard. I hope it doesn't though ;) The review is better than the one that got deletedThis Message Edited On 05.01.06

PAJJ
May 1st 2006



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got this a couple of days ago in the shops :-, so it shouldn't be deleted.
Think the album is ace, not as great as Ten, but still a great listen.
It's pearl jam back to what made them great, and i have a feeling it will grow on me, and in a month or so i will really love it.This Message Edited On 05.01.06

Two-Headed Boy
May 1st 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much much better than that other one. Nice work, man!

As for the album, I friggin' can't wait!

Two-Headed Boy
May 1st 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Odd comment: Does this album sport a folding cover?This Message Edited On 05.01.06

Krash100
May 1st 2006



37 Comments


My review got deleted cause I did it before the release date (May 2nd). How come this one was allowed?

Nothing against Rogue Poet, nice review, but that seems .... strange. I basically agreed with most of what he said here anyway.This Message Edited On 05.01.06

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2006



16081 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, it seems to be the general consensus that there are hard copies floating around,as sometimes happens with albums. And I don't think a mod has commented or taken a look yet, so it hasn't exactly had the chance to be deleted methinks.

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Odd comment: Does this album sport a folding cover?

I would think it does, since every album since Vs. has one. I like the hard cases though...

FrddyBrnRgrJhn
May 1st 2006



81 Comments


you the like the hard cases better? wow. the album artwork is one of the key reasons why i love pearl jam. theyve taken a crappy medium and made something out of it (the artwork for "no code" was breathtaking). "ten" is the only album where i truly hate the artwork. it just feels so lifeless.

i can't wait to get the album. wws is a great single, hopefully the rest of the album measures up

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you the like the hard cases better? wow. the album artwork is one of the key reasons why i love pearl jam.

yeah I like the album covers, but i have this CD rack where i keep all the cases, and its hard to put in the soft covers...

temporary
May 1st 2006



207 Comments


Great review, if this album is anywhere near as good as its bitchin' cover art, I'll be very impressed. Overall I'd say the single (the only song I've heard from this) is pretty good, nothing legendary but a nice song. Looking forward to hearing the rest.

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What is on the cover anyway. Looks like an avocado. :confused:

Foreskin Fondler
May 1st 2006



279 Comments


what is the single off this album anyways?

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^World Wide Suicide

Foreskin Fondler
May 1st 2006



279 Comments


Is it worth downloading?

tom79
May 1st 2006



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Its a pretty good song, you should check it out. I liked it, at least.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2006



15727 Comments


I didn't really enjoy it. Sounded too angry with not enough to back it up. It's hard to put into words.

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Thor
May 1st 2006



10176 Comments


Excellent review. Odds are I won't listen to this for a long time because the new Tool and Dissection albums will be consuming my litsening for quite some time.

Jimmy
May 1st 2006



717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

world wide suicide reminded me of Do the Evolution, which is my favorite pearl jam track.

Dwayne_Pearce
May 1st 2006



17 Comments


This album was released on the 29th of April in Austrlaia. I waitied in line to get this, and tool's new album (for a friend) for about an hour from 11pm on the 28th of April. So therefore I bought the album the exact date it was released.



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