Binaural

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: May 16, 2000
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48

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  1. juanr
    Jun 11, 2004
    10
    well, i think it's the most sincere album made by Pearl Jam guys. It smells quality in all songs and has a complete view of all them influences. i think it's perfect
  2. redmosquito
    May 1, 2006
    10
    awesome album , music, artwork a great band and a great piece of work
  3. NickC.
    Feb 27, 2002
    8
    Pearl Jam still have the magic touch. N where near as essential as previous releases, but high quality all the same.
  4. DearLord
    Nov 20, 2005
    7
    Not the best of the band's career, perhaps the worst... but for PJ, "worst" is still congruous with greatness. Thick with atmosphere, every song is listenable, ranging from good to excellent. Key tracks: -Parting Ways -Insignificance -Thin Air -Of the Girl -Grievance
  5. JackV
    Mar 16, 2005
    10
    pearl jam have never made an album short of brilliant. it is not in their forte to make bad music.
  6. steves
    Oct 20, 2006
    9
    A great collection of songs if you can be patient with them.
  7. joeh
    May 2, 2006
    10
    for all the low scores on pearl jam. its smart music for smart people who don't just listen to the first 10 secs of a song then hit next. you gotta put on the headphones, listen to the lyrics and let them mesh with the music.
  8. gazc
    Aug 23, 2009
    10
    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.
  9. NoamS
    Dec 7, 2005
    10
    Pearl Jam's oddest. strangely & well written. great album.
  10. MikeM
    May 29, 2005
    8
    After Yeld is the best album post-Vitalogy
  11. AddlerS
    Dec 15, 2006
    10
    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.
  12. Jun 6, 2011
    8
    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
  13. Feb 19, 2012
    7
    '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.
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Magnet
    90
    Near-brilliant... smoldering slabs of sonic complexity... [#46, p.86]
  2. 80
    If there's an ounce of you that's ever been keen on Pearl Jam, or even if you've never bothered, grab a pair of headphones and let Binaural pummel and soak into you, and relax about it.
  3. A remarkably overt homage to seventies stadium rock?