Binaural - Pearl Jam
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Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. The band's most consistent, well-written effort yet.
  2. 90
    Near-brilliant... smoldering slabs of sonic complexity... [#46, p.86]
  3. In the main they have done away with their more stodgy, pretentious material and distilled their sound into a stripped down rawness, and they sound all the better for it.
  4. 70
    Oddly, it's the faster songs -- once Pearl Jam's forte -- that detract from Binaural as a whole.
  5. A formless collection that drifts from one tune to the next, weighed down by a general sense of murk that pervades everything from Tchad Blake's production to the song arrangements and the lyrics.
  6. It's an uneven mix that frustrates by offering just samples of what Pearl Jam increasingly does best, namely, provide clear and, yes, quiet stories about the travails of everyday life.
  7. 20
    A stinker of an album... a giant leap backwards in combining the overblown punk of 'Vs' with the grunge bluster of 'Ten', minus the tunes. [July 2000, p.107]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. AddlerS
    Dec 15, 2006
    Just a solid album from this amazing band. I can't believe the "0" rating. That's pathetic. There are SEVERAL songs on this album that are memorable. Normally a "7" , I give it a "10" for that. Expand
  2. JackV
    Mar 16, 2005
    pearl jam have never made an album short of brilliant. it is not in their forte to make bad music.
  3. gazc
    Aug 23, 2009
    An incredible album, do not get the '0' rating. 'Light years' is their most emotional and tear jerking song and the atmosphere created in 'nothing as it seems is phenomenal. They even hit the mark with the political songs such as 'Grievance', 'insignificance' and 'evacuation'. Lyrical Vedder is flawless. Expand
  4. steves
    Oct 20, 2006
    A great collection of songs if you can be patient with them.
  5. Jun 6, 2011
    although it's lost its edge over time. still a remarkable album. not their best. definitly not their worst.
    despite its reputation its NOT
    ONLY for the die hard fans. and its definitly no stadium rock as some people claim Expand
  6. MikeM
    May 29, 2005
    After Yeld is the best album post-Vitalogy
  7. nayfarid
    Feb 28, 2004
    worst album from worst band in rock history

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