Riot Act - Pearl Jam
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  • Summary: Still going strong, the Seattle grunge band returns with its seventh studio album.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Pearl Jam has made some of the most vital music of its career.
  2. In some ways, Riot Act is the album that Pearl Jam has been wanting to make since Vitalogy -- a muscular art rock record, one that still hits hard but that is filled with ragged edges and odd detours.
  3. Those waiting for another record as challenging as 'Vitalogy' will be left disappointed. But 'Riot Act' is the sound of a band entering a powerful middle-age. They still deserve your attention.
  4. 70
    Like their last three records... [Riot Act] balances emotive bombast with a taut, sweaty hard-rock attack. [Dec 2002, p.137]
  5. With its restless spirituality and dense, decidedly un-pop arrangements, Riot Act perhaps most closely resembles that first album (No Code) of the post-Vitalogy years.
  6. 60
    The production seems to capture a band that's playing live, with the guitarists constantly pushing each other and tunes evolving on the spot. [#11, p.122]
  7. Riot Act meanders from one song to the next with an overwhelming insipidness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 63
  2. Negative: 5 out of 63
  1. Fish
    Jan 8, 2003
    Pearl jam sounds like they made it out of the studio and had something to actually say on (riot act). Pearl jam's 'riot act' hits any mood your in- like all the previous albums. This album belongs after 'No Code', but now its here i can take a deep breath...thanks Vedder! Collapse
  2. ParkerL
    Mar 23, 2005
    This album is very, very strong. I just sense a sort of darkness whenever I listen to it. I believe this is one of their most important albums since Ten. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2013
    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! every album is a new pearl jam DEFINITELY great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  4. ScottH
    Nov 20, 2002
    It seems that everyone refers to the time of Pearl Jam's first few albums as the band's glory days. And that any effort not matching the style they had then is lackluster. Riot Act is original and varies from moody to energetic to rockin' to mellow. It's a great album by a great band. Expand
  5. danielg
    Sep 9, 2005
    instead they might made the album a little more short, some of the best melodies, lirycs and riff ever hear from this seattle' band. seen as a clousure, waitting for a new fresh sound. Expand
  6. AddlerS
    Dec 2, 2006
    Pearl Jam is the best American band. People who claim to like the band and not this record are STOOPID.
  7. PaulH
    Jul 3, 2005
    Boring, that's the only word I can think of when I think of this Album and Pearl Jam's Career since their first two albums.

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