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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  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 27, 2020
    90
    It might seem over the top to say that “Gigaton” is Pearl Jam’s best or most fully realized album since ”Ten.” But to paraphrase “Pal Joey’s” rakish Frank Sinatra talking about a sexual dry spell, “29 years is a long time between drinks.” And “Gigaton” is one stiff, glorious weird and zealously melodic cocktail.
  3. 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.
  4. 83
    Fresh ideas abound nearly everywhere on Gigaton.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 7, 2020
    80
    Much of the material here would fit seamlessly on any of their records since 1996's No Code. ... Gigaton is a reminder that Pearl Jam are a band totally comfortable in their own skin. [Jun 2020, p.104]
  6. Apr 2, 2020
    80
    Intricate and thought-out is the name of the game for Gigaton, the band’s 11th studio record and first in some seven years.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 80
    The band seem guided more by instinct than any sense of formula, but there are some superb embellishments – a fearsome guitar solo on “Take the Long Way”, eerie synth ripples on “Retrograde” – that build to the surprising final track, “River Cross”.
  10. Mar 27, 2020
    80
    This is just simple, honest-to-goodness, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll, and the world is better for it being out there. More like this, please.
  11. Mar 26, 2020
    80
    Gigaton sounds like Pearl Jam convincingly doing their very best to not sound like Pearl Jam. Liberated from their past and their expectations, the band have freed themselves to take some long overdue risks. At this point, they are a very long way from the gas station indeed.
  12. Mar 26, 2020
    80
    Almost 30 years into a career you would once have put money on ending within five, Gigaton suggests Pearl Jam might still be around long after Trump is a distant memory.
  13. Mar 26, 2020
    80
    Despite its unconcealed outrage, Gigaton does have its share of shade and texture even before it settles into a number of meditative moments on its second side. ... Aural adventure adds a nice counterpoint to protests and pleas offered up by Pearl Jam, and helps Gigaton feel vivid, alive, and just a shade hopeful.
  14. Mojo
    Mar 17, 2020
    80
    Strong and loose, political and personal, Pearl Jam get the balance absolutely right. [May 2020, p.84]
  15. 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.
  16. Mar 9, 2020
    80
    Gigaton is a testament to how Pearl Jam’s own deeply held dissatisfaction still burns brighter than ever.
  17. 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.
  18. 70
    Consistency is still key, and it’s good to know that Pearl Jam still maintains the edged angst that’s served them well from the start. Indeed, Gigaton provides a most pervasive perspective.
  19. Uncut
    Mar 26, 2020
    70
    Pearl Jam remain at their formidable best as a pure-hearted rock'n'roll band. [May 2020, p.32]
  20. 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.
  21. Mar 24, 2020
    70
    Calling Gigaton a return to form is a matter of expectations: diehards will claim they never faltered, while fans who checked out 20 years ago, when things got weird, will find lots to like but little to love. Perhaps the most notable group likely to be inspired are Pearl Jam themselves; too long in the rock hinterlands, the band finally seem reacquainted with their creative powers.
  22. Mar 30, 2020
    62
    Co-produced by the band and Josh Evans, it’s filled with all the markers of cerebral, studio-born rock music: drum loops and programmed synths, swirling keys and fretless bass, wide dynamics and spacey textures. For the first time in a while, the winning moments are the slower cuts. ... The artistic rejuvenation that Gigaton aims to provide still seems somewhat out of reach.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 74
  2. Negative: 5 out of 74
  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 27, 2020
    8
    The grunge gurus are having fun in times of the coronavirus pandemic. So you need to be open-minded and listen to Gigaton with the awarenessThe grunge gurus are having fun in times of the coronavirus pandemic. So you need to be open-minded and listen to Gigaton with the awareness that it will not be a new "Ten" or a "Vitalogy". Far from it, the guys changed their sound. Even though the production is impeccable, Pearl Jam has shown for years that they want to distance themselves from the kind of sound that revealed them to the world and I dare say, that made them become who they are. Their choice, a band that has always tried to sabotage themselves. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    Great album! Their best album since Riot Act (2002). A lovely set of songs.