The members of Pearl Jam on this album were:
Eddie Vedder: Vocals
Mike McCready: Lead Guitar
Stone Gossard: Rythm Guitar
Jeff Ament: Bass
Dave Krusen: Drums
The first grunge band I listened to was nirvana. Imagine my shock when i heard the other 3 bands of the Big 4. I was so surprised they were so technical (or how much more technical they were compared to nirvana). I figured most grunge bands would be like nirvana but I was wrong.
This cd is one of the best albums I own. The lyrics are excellently written, the guitars are very creative, the bass doesn't just copy the guitar the whole time, the drums are very nicely done and have great fills, the solos are just ***ing awesome, and Eddie's voice is amazing. He has a really great voice.
Eddie sings in a great way. On a lot of songs when you think the next set of words are coming he holds them back for another second. His style of singing is really, but I find his voice really shines on the choruses, which are the best parts of most of these songs. His voice can go from pissed off to desperate and longing. Although his vocals don't match those of Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), they are very great, and a wonderful surprise considering what I was expecting. Also during solos Eddie often screams and says random words which is barely noticeable but still has a nice effect. His voice is really nice on Black. Very emotional and sad.
The lyrics are very well written and thought provoking. Like with even flow the lyrics are talking about a hobo ( I think), like when he says: Freezin' rests his head on a pillow made of concrete. Jeremy has the best lyrics though. It's about a kid who's made fun of and can't take it, so he takes a gun to school and shoots everyone and himself. It's a very emotional and sometimes amusing song (amusing like when Eddie says: gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady's breast).
The instrumentation on this is top notch. The guitar solos are very well made and match everything extremely well. Mike does a very well job in crafting wonderful lead parts. For example the solo in Alive is very nice. The guitar on Porch is a very nice and catchy riff. Also Deep is a good example of The great guitar lines Mike can make. It's one the most grungy songs on this cd. The rythm guitar is also very nice. Stone does a great job at making riffs and playing rythm. Without him the solos Mike does would sound hollow. The drums are very nicely done. There are some awesome fills throughout this album. Dave was a great drummer and did a really nice job on this cd. The bass is also very creative. Jeff does a great job making up some bass riffs and solos. The intro for Jeremy is a great simple bass line. Also the bass line on why go is a very awesome kind of dark bass line. The instruments are very nice on Black giving it a sad and longing feel. The drums do a really great job. The intro to oceans has an awesome bass line. And mixed with the chords being played it sounds great. And when the drums come in it sounds very epic, especially with Eddie just going: oooh.
I've got to say that this cd is very well made. Everything mixes together very well. Pearl Jam ssure made a great album with few faults. Eddie's voice is really nice and can have that raspiness to it that is deffinitly necessary for a grunge band (at least I think it is). The lyrics are great lyrics, that really make you think. The instrumentation is very great with everyone doing a wonderful job.
Pros: Eddie's voice
All the tracks are great (no filler)
Cons: The annoying noises at the very beggining and end of the cd