Pearl Jam

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Universal acclaim- based on 309 Ratings

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  • Summary: Adam Kasper again co-produced the band's belated follow-up to 2002's 'Riot Act.' It is Pearl Jam's eighth studio album overall.
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
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  1. Pearl Jam hasn't sounded as alive or engaging as they do here since at least Vitalogy, if not longer.
  2. Strikes with a magnificent urgency.
  3. As immediate and despairing as breaking news from Baghdad... Pearl Jam is also as big and brash in fuzz and backbone as Led Zeppelin's Presence. [4 May 2006, p.55]
  4. Songs like "World Wide Suicide" and "Severed Head" even come close to recreating the hard rock thrills of the band's billion-selling debut, Ten.
  5. This is Pearl Jam, it's down to you whether that means anything or not.
  6. 70
    Pearl Jam sound reborn, vital. [Jul 2006, p.112]
  7. [It] is a lusher and less challenging listen than recent efforts, but it's also curiously featureless, the sound of a group drained of passion and fresh ideas. [Jun 2006, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 193
  1. JohnnyL.
    May 28, 2007
    10
    This album really shows how Pearl Jam has grown up and advanced musically as well as lyrically. At the same time they brought back some of This album really shows how Pearl Jam has grown up and advanced musically as well as lyrically. At the same time they brought back some of the old all-out-rock attitude on a majority of the songs. Genius, simply genius!! Expand
  2. KeithG
    May 4, 2006
    10
    Pitchfork were always an f'in joke, anyone who ever had the misfortune to fall asleep reading one of their overly long winded attempts Pitchfork were always an f'in joke, anyone who ever had the misfortune to fall asleep reading one of their overly long winded attempts at a 'clever' review will know better than to take notice of their scoring. This album may not be the best Pearl Jam have 'ever' done, but it's the best in quiet a while, this new stuff's gonna blow people away at the festivals this year. Rock on. Expand
  3. joeyt
    May 1, 2006
    10
    superb
  4. Tim
    May 15, 2006
    10
    A great album - returning to their roots while still amazing me with Eddie's lyrics - the more you listen to it the better it gets.
  5. Tom
    May 1, 2006
    9
    Another great album from one of the most overlooked bands by mainstream America; however, this one should end that drought and bring them Another great album from one of the most overlooked bands by mainstream America; however, this one should end that drought and bring them back to the forefront of Rock as many of these songs are easier to accept and get into for non diehard fans. Vedder's back to barking out his signature lyrics on songs like Big Wave and Comatose, which is reminiscent of Spin the Black Circle with its thrashing guitars, but still able to bring it down to that soft haunting baritone on slower songs like Gone. McCready and Gossard bring on the power with possibly some of the best guitar licks of recent memory from any album by any band. Ament and Cameron are solid as usual. The first 5 songs of the album are comparable to the opening assault we heard on Vitalogy and for the first time they end the album with more of an uptempo rocker, even though it starts off slow. The flow of the album is great and its nice to see that this one is getting the attention and airplay it deserves. A crisp album that I love more with each listen. Welcome back to the limelight PJ! Expand
  6. DaveR.
    Mar 8, 2008
    9
    This is my second favourite Pearl Jam album. It opens with urgency, and doesn't let up until the beautiful Parachutes. Marker In The This is my second favourite Pearl Jam album. It opens with urgency, and doesn't let up until the beautiful Parachutes. Marker In The Sand has a killer chorus that's excellence is matched only by Corduroy. Unemployable is different from anything they've done but is just as undeniable. Army Reserve is scathing but beautiful, and the album finished off with two amazing, songs: one, the poignant and heart-breaking Come Back and two, the epic Inside Job. There isn't a bad cut on the entire album, and it's easily their BEST SINCE YIELD (despite what others who gave it a ridiculous ZERO might tell you...). I love every Pearl Jam album. To me they are the best and most underrated band in the world, and this album certainly did not disappoint. Do yourself a favour and pick it up NOW. Expand
  7. ducdonglong
    May 1, 2006
    0
    Ten Club Took My Money for Nothing.

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