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  • Summary: The first new studio release in nearly seven years for the Eddie Vedder-led rock band was produced with Josh Evans.
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Retrograde
Comes the summer rain Cue the lightning and far off thunder again Projecting through the clouds Meditations, drifting off in the sound The more... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Mar 24, 2020
    100
    It’s Pearl Jam’s most incensed album since 2006. It’s their most musically inventive since 1998. And, by virtue of its themes, it is their most gravely needed of their entire career. It is, in short, a triumph.
  2. Mar 9, 2020
    83
    Fresh ideas abound nearly everywhere on Gigaton.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 17, 2020
    80
    Strong and loose, political and personal, Pearl Jam get the balance absolutely right. [May 2020, p.84]
  4. Mar 31, 2020
    80
    It’s a big, angry, pile-driving, end-times heavy rock workout with frontman Eddie Vedder alternately spewing fury and despair at the state of the world.
  5. Mar 9, 2020
    75
    This is the sound of a band working hard to evolve, and if the strain of incorporating such a large swath of musical experimentation occasionally shows, well, maybe that’s the cost of attempting new tricks at an advanced age. Never let it be said that the band embraced different sounds at the expense of its tried-and-true formulas, however. Part of what makes Gigaton fascinating is the way these sonic departures actually fuse in unexpected ways with some of the band’s traditional four-on-the-floor stompers.
  6. Mar 25, 2020
    70
    The first four songs alone are a revelation of sustained focus and fury. ... It would be impressive if Gigaton retained the thrill and invention of its first half, but that’s a tall order. There are invariably duds mixed amongst its 57-minute runtime.
  7. Mar 19, 2020
    60
    Pearl Jam has been locked in cruise control since the late ‘90s, and their latest, Gigaton, is largely more of the same.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    This is a very solid album, start to finish. I echo Kerrang!'s review, 10/10 listen for yourself :D
  2. Apr 11, 2020
    10
    Gigaton - My review.

    Once upon a time, back in the early days of the Seattle music explosion, there was angst, rage and a need to pick-up
    Gigaton - My review.

    Once upon a time, back in the early days of the Seattle music explosion, there was angst, rage and a need to pick-up distorted guitars tuned to ‘Drop D’ to make bold statements and social criticism of our daily affairs. That was then. The music landscape was certainly different with so many authentic acts like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam paving the road for Generation X, my generation, to feel represented and socially included.

    Today, nearly 30 years later, Pearl Jam - one of the last pillars of Seattle’s ‘Big 4’ - are releasing ‘Gigaton’. The much anticipated Pearl Jam release, the band’s 11th studio album and first record in 7 years, hits the airwaves across the globe through streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Old school die-hard fans can also line-up at traditional record shops to pick-up the record in CD or vinyl.

    Heavily supported by some clever digital marketing tactics like videos, digital billboards, moon scanning devices, and other snappy tricks, Pearl Jam come back with one of their most solid and incredibly relevant records to date. The energy is there, the sense or urgency is there, the musicianship, experimentation and lyricism are also on point. With all these elements on check, Gigaton does not disappoint. Quite the contrary. The music from the album engages and inspires listeners - living in times of acute environmental concern, political skepticism and social isolation - to soldier on.

    Still relevant and fresh after so many years on the road, Pearl Jam could’ve easily just called it quits. Instead, they launched a behemoth album which features music that goes on unexpected new directions. ‘Dance of The Clairvoyants’, for example, is perhaps the most ‘unusual’ track to be featured on Pearl Jam’s catalogue. However, that is exactly what makes the song such a big hit. By unusual, I don’t mean bad. Experimentation is part of the band’s DNA. They opened a precedent with ‘No Code’ back in 1996. All is good here, and I am really grateful they took this (calculated) risk to expand their musical frontiers even further.

    Are Pearl Jam a pillar of 90s music? No question about it. However, they are not bound to be restricted by lazy music genre labels, because they are bigger than any movement or fad. They are masters of their craft. How many bands in the history of rock n’ roll have had the resilience and competence to rock on for so many decades without breaking up or losing their appeal? Very few.

    Songs like ‘Superblood Wolfmoon’ and ‘Quick Escape’ combine a groove and feel which we had not experienced with the same intensity in previous albums. Has anyone noticed the Led Zeppelin influence on ‘Quick Escape’?

    The accoustic number ‘Comes then Goes’ is a magnificent track. It epitomises that sometimes less is more. In which case Vedder’s vocals accompanied by inspirational and heart-warming guitar chords is all that’s really needed to get such a beautiful message across. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album by far. It easily evokes the raw passion and authenticity of early 90s accoustic tracks like ‘Footsteps’ or ‘Hold on’. This track is so powerful.

    Vedder and Company have genuinely earned their place in the annals of rock and roll. Cheers to a new decade and cheers to a group of human beings who have embellished our lives with so many great songs, energising concerts and now this classic record.
    5 out of 5 stars.
    By: Fernando Pimentel
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  3. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    An instant classic! Pearl Jam delivers their best album in 20 years. Gigaton is an album that the world needs to listen to now given theseAn instant classic! Pearl Jam delivers their best album in 20 years. Gigaton is an album that the world needs to listen to now given these uncertain times. It's critical yet hopeful. Best tracks include: 7 O'Clock, Quick Escape, Dance of the Clairvoyants, Retrograde and Who Ever Said! Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    It’s the Pearl Jam album I’ve been waiting for since Yield. It’s gorgeous, fresh, heavy and packed full of creative ideas.
  5. Mar 27, 2020
    9
    Definitely more on the Yield/No Code spectrum than the Backspacer/Lightning Bolt one. The found something with new producer Josh Evans. TheDefinitely more on the Yield/No Code spectrum than the Backspacer/Lightning Bolt one. The found something with new producer Josh Evans. The incendiary rocker Quick Escape could have been done in 1996 and no one would be the wiser. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2020
    9
    I’m going to easy on these guys because they are in the same boat as us at the moment, so thanks for this covidly release, Pearl Jam. If II’m going to easy on these guys because they are in the same boat as us at the moment, so thanks for this covidly release, Pearl Jam. If I was going to be tough, I wood have given this 7.5. They really dug deep or maybe there is so much pain and grunge here that it just must make its escape in a new album. For a few tracks they really do take you back (if possible) back to the 90s. I like the keyboards even though it seems there is more to reach the surface. There are several nods to Soundgarden here if you can pick up on it and it is done splendidly. A very important album released amidst uncertainty Expand
  7. Mar 27, 2020
    1
    Not good at all. She needs to really reinvent. Putting 80s filters is not reinventing.

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