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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: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. 83
    It's a sturdy rock album from five guys who know what they're doing, took time till they had something to say, are interpolating new influences, and sound stoked to be back together in a room. Die-hard fans will be pleased, and more casual fans will be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Mar 13, 2020
    80
    Gigaton has a little something for everyone. It’s a complex, dynamic album full of earnest emotion and subtle humor. Its form factor recalls both 1996’s No Code and 1998’s Yield.
  4. 80
    The band’s forthcoming album has a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s been seven years since the last Pearl Jam studio album, and the world has changed irrevocably since then. But thankfully some things remain reliably the same. ... Pearl Jam have given us an unexpected album of hope. Welcome back.
  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. Uncut
    Mar 26, 2020
    70
    Pearl Jam remain at their formidable best as a pure-hearted rock'n'roll band. [May 2020, p.32]
  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: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  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. Mar 28, 2020
    10
    This is the best album I've heard this year. From the very first word on the first song you can tell singer Eddie Vedder has something to say!This is the best album I've heard this year. From the very first word on the first song you can tell singer Eddie Vedder has something to say! What a masterpiece! Expand
  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
    Great album! Their best album since Riot Act (2002). A lovely set of songs.
  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. Mar 30, 2020
    9
    El mejor disco de Pearl Jam en el siglo xxi. Y resultó ser un sonido sin pretensiones, casi minimalista y, creo, honesto. Ahora no trata deEl mejor disco de Pearl Jam en el siglo xxi. Y resultó ser un sonido sin pretensiones, casi minimalista y, creo, honesto. Ahora no trata de empalagar con baladas radiables ni buscando una agresividad que evidentemente ya no tienen; en cambio, sí hay secciones acústicas MUY destacadas, riffs clásicos y acentos de Rock que, sin ser maravillosos, sí conforman un paquete de buena música y cierta nostalgia.

    El primer sencillo resultó un fiasco y francamente es lo peor del disco; fuera de ésta, las demás canciones son lo que esperábamos: un disco de Rock&Roll. Muy buen regreso de Pearl Jam...
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  7. Mar 27, 2020
    1
    Not good at all. She needs to really reinvent. Putting 80s filters is not reinventing.

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