The "Avocado Album" is easily my third favorite PJ record. Why? Because it's arguably their most inspired work since Ten and Vs.. It opens and closes wonderfully, and McCready shows off some of his best lead work. The band demonstrates not only that they've still got it, but that they can still make something that equels the best of their prime. Don't miss this if you're a fan.rPersonal Rating: 4.2
In a sense, “Pearl Jam” may not have been the album that many expected or wanted however, for what it’s worth is an outstanding collection of songs. Unfortunately, many have dismissed the band’s post-“Ten” records due to unreasonable expectations, ultimately deterring them from what has become an illustrious discography. Self-titled is certainly no different in this light, and while not living up to the hype generated by the band in the early 1990’s, the album is Pearl Jam’s tightest work in some time. Some will argue that self-titled is the band stripped of their emotion, but this notion is contained in every belt from Vedder, wail from McCready, and fill from Mike Cameron. Low expectations could very well be the album’s most ubiquitous characteristic, in due course leaving self-titled as a pleasant surprise. Pearl Jam is a band reborn.