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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: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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
    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. 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. 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: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    Such a great album. Pearl Jam never disappoints. Dance of the Clairvoyants, Superblood Wolfmoon, Quick Escape, Seven O'Clock, Alright, RiverSuch a great album. Pearl Jam never disappoints. Dance of the Clairvoyants, Superblood Wolfmoon, Quick Escape, Seven O'Clock, Alright, River Cross, Retrograde, Buckle Up are the standout tracks Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    This is a very solid album, start to finish. I echo Kerrang!'s review, 10/10 listen for yourself :D
  3. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    Rock and roll stills alive thanks to Pearl Jam, and this heavy album proves it.
  4. Apr 4, 2020
    10
    Listening to this album only one or two times doesn't give it the proper justice. This album hit me like a truck on the 4th listen... now I amListening to this album only one or two times doesn't give it the proper justice. This album hit me like a truck on the 4th listen... now I am in love.

    This is quite possibly the best album LYRICALLY I have ever heard in my life... just amazing... except the part about being in love with clairvoyants. :-)
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  5. Mar 28, 2020
    10
    An album that contains at least 8 songs easily included in their best of list is definitely a 10/10.And the reason is that the rest is notAn album that contains at least 8 songs easily included in their best of list is definitely a 10/10.And the reason is that the rest is not filler. Good songs. But in such a band that always has a strong competition with its own legacy in every new release , its always hard.They have constantly proved that in every forward step they've done , time always proved them classic... Never looking back..An excellent return from an amazing, and consistent in quality band ,right at the time we needed it! I always believed that Pearl Jam is the Led Zeppelin of the 90s and I still do... Expand
  6. Mar 27, 2020
    9
    Best and most focused album they've done since probably Binaural. Highlights so far - Quick Escape, Alright, Retrograde, River Cross and ComesBest and most focused album they've done since probably Binaural. Highlights so far - Quick Escape, Alright, Retrograde, River Cross and Comes Then Goes. The band sounds inspired and full of ideas. Some really beautiful songs here. Great job! 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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