Into The Wild


Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. These songs all feel like a score, and that's not necessarily a good thing. They all seem to be of a piece, but musically there isn't enough imagination to distinguish them, to set the tension of dynamic in motion.
  2. Satisfyingly, Into the Wild is filled with the hallmarks of such solo detours: sparse, moody crooning, more rising and falling than he allows in Pearl Jam and a surprising amount of ukulele.
  3. 60
    The lyrics to these songs are themselves sketchy, enigmatic, quietly rousing, windily romantic, redolent of majestic vistas, vast horizons, a landscape of personal liberation.
  4. Q Magazine
    'Society' suggests therr's always been a hippy survivialist under the grunge plaid. [Dec 2007, p.124]
  5. Mojo
    Lyrically, he may occassionally jar but it's hard not to be uplifted when he lets rip on the opener 'Setting Forth' or when he and Sleather-Kinney's Corin Tucker chime on 'Hard Sun.' [Dec 2007, p.100]
  6. Vedder, free from the noise (and outrage) of his day job, disappears into the sublime beauty of the simple, banjo-plucked 'No Ceiling.'
  7. It's accomplished but occasionally overbearingly earnest and calls to mind the Foos' acoustic alter-ego, bolstered by Sufjan Stevens-ish banjo plucks and, in 'Hard Sun', the kind of play-it-again chorus made for credits rolling over a stunning landscape.
  8. Spin
    Vedder's incantatory vocals and campfire instrumentation evoke the eerie beauty of untouched lands. [Nov 2007, p.126]
  9. Though the album is flawed (some tracks on the 33-minute disc are so brief that they never leave the ground), there is still something here that's compelling enough to stand alone, even without its real-life inspiration.
  10. Blender
    It's the sound of a 24-year-old accepting death, as imagined by a lifelong misfit aging gracefully. [Nov 2007, p.158
  11. Vedder effectively conjures the endless possibilities of the open road with sparse, never morose, tracks.
  12. The brevity of this soundtrack makes for an overall calming effects with a few great moments.
  13. Working with producer Adam Kasper, Vedder played nearly everything on the album. And that gives Into the Wild a cozy, intimate feel.
  14. In truth, Into The Wild doesn’t sound like a first solo album. It radiates a confidence and maturity that Pearl Jam have lacked on their recent albums.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. TeriW
    Jun 24, 2009
    This is the most beautiful music I have heard for a very long time. What a voice, what poetry and the raw but clear, jangly music. This is the most beautiful music I have heard for a very long time. What a voice, what poetry and the raw but clear, jangly music. Mesmerising. It gives me the same feeling as a long bushwalk. Full Review »
  2. ArasB
    Oct 1, 2007
    Great song....society is a phenomenal song.
  3. fG.
    Sep 20, 2007
    Sucks balls.