Pearl Jam
Yield


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
April 6th, 2014 | 77 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Control Myself, CHAPTER 5: "It's Evolution, Baby..."

People didn't hate No Code, they just didn't care that it existed; nobody could be blamed for that. After three albums of constant growth and power, it was disheartening but almost natural for that album to be released. But Pearl Jam knew they couldn't repeat the incident, as doing such could have seen downfall as bad as Alice in Chains and Soundgarden were facing in the late '90s. The antidote had to be made.

Released at the beginning of nu-metal and post-grunge, Yield was a total left turn from the expansively difficult nature of their 2 previous releases. Trading in experiments for singles, the band wrote simpler and put egotistical writing issues aside, creating a sort of manifesto by which most Pearl Jam albums are now created by. Concisely tracked, "Brain of J." and "Do the Evolution" are welcome returns to the bands brand of punk-inflected hard rock extravaganza. Concise as ever, the tracks remain memorable darting about the oddity of "MFC" and the tranquil flow of "Faithful". Very rarely does Yield confound, and it's all the better for it's attempts to ease new audiences into the bands sound.

However simply saying that Yield is the bands most accessible would undermine the fact that at times it does have its share of surprises and "Bugs". Underpinned by some truly horrendous numbers- the John Cale inspired "Push Me, Pull Me", vaguely prepared number "•"- Yield unfortunately never climbs the heights it's intended, forgetting at times that this is Pearl Jam for the fresh batch of Gen Y consumers. Other experiments like the No Code-esque "Pilate" are inoffensive but again simply don't work in the context of the record. Were it not for the ascending anthems in the nature of "Given to Fly" and "All those Yesterday's", these tracks would be unforgivable, with Yield all the better for when it is finally performing on track.

Yield mightn't be the bands best work but it's still their cornerstone for accessibility. Giving an overall portrait of a band in their confused throws and search for redemption, Yield was but the eye of the storm- their next album would be their most awkward and difficult to contend with piece yet.

NEXT: "Standing Outside Hating Everyone Here..."



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dannyboy89
April 6th 2014


13408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. "Hummus" (hidden track) is my fave moment on this.

KriegdemKriege
April 6th 2014


1544 Comments


Nice short review. Pos

Best Pearl Jam song? Wishlist.

dannyboy89
April 6th 2014


13408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's cool, but they've got quite a few better ones.

KriegdemKriege
April 6th 2014


1544 Comments


Note for the reviewer: It's not a huge deal, but the track is titled "Faithfull", with two l's.

dannyboy89
April 6th 2014


13408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My Top 10 PJ songs: (might do a chrono list later)



Why Go

Rats

Even Flow

Alive

Jeremy

Black

Go

Once

Garden

Red Mosquito



Not 100% sure but I think that gives an idea.





KriegdemKriege
April 6th 2014


1544 Comments


Hmm

1. Wishlist
2. Dissident
3. Better Man
4. Daughter
5. Once
6. Jeremy
7. Elderly Woman...
8. Given to Fly
9. Even Flow
10. Yellow Ledbetter

Unfortunately, I think by far Pearl Jam's best songs are their singles.

ExcentrifugalForz
April 6th 2014


2124 Comments


the correct order is

off he goes
why go
not for you
indifference
brain of J
crazy mary(live in Perth)
blood
garden
lukin
rearviewmirror

ExcentrifugalForz
April 6th 2014


2124 Comments


I was referring to the '03 edition but that sounds like an awesome show.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 6th 2014


15004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't wanna read another negative binaural review it is bullshit

Bromero
May 11th 2015


296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is Pearl Jam's 2nd most consistent album after Ten

danielcardoso
August 20th 2015


11770 Comments


Given To Fly may is one of my favorite PJ tracks ever, if not the best for me. Faithfull and In Hiding are amazing and underrated as well, the live version of In Hiding that's on Live On Ten Legs, where the crowd starts singing along in the chorus, is superb.

Rawmeeth38
November 28th 2015


1326 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First 7 tracks are excellent

DoofusWainwright
November 28th 2015


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I used to worship this album when it came out...the years have not been kind



Top 10 Pearl Jam

1. Corduroy

2. Black

3. Off He Goes

4. Immortality

5. Nothingman

6. Once

7. Not for You

8. Just Breathe

9. Last Exit

10. Why Go

Source
November 28th 2015


10280 Comments


Immortality is an underrated song

Digging: Last Crack - Burning Time

danielcardoso
November 28th 2015


11770 Comments


Amazing song, for sure. Yield is fantastic imo, Given To Fly is one of my favorite Pearl Jam tunes.

Titan
November 28th 2015


19278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

90's Pearl Jam decreased in value with each successive release

danielcardoso
November 28th 2015


11770 Comments


Maybe, but the first 3 are untouchable and No Code is excellent as well.

Titan
November 28th 2015


19278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first one is untouchable agreed

claygurnz
November 28th 2015


5241 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't jammed anything by PJ post vitalogy, i've heard the drop off is huge.

Titan
November 28th 2015


19278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Titan's favorite PJ tunes: Black, Corduroy, Rear View, Jeremy



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