Binaural - Pearl Jam
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  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. 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
  2. Feb 19, 2012
    'Binaural' is an enjoyable album, with the band retiring to their art-folk/rock after the mixed success of 'Yield'. With tracks like 'Of The Girl' and 'Insignificant' providing some contrasting texture to the album, a thought remains as to the lack of inspiration. However, Pearl Jam make mediocre ok. Expand

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