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Pearl Jam - "Pearl Jam"

Driver 815 years ago

So now I'm done with Tool, and I was able to devote the whole day to Pearl Jam. Therefore now the review:

1. Life wasted

Yeah, that's how a rock song has to be! The first thing that strikes me is the production. Much more powerful and transparent than on Riot Act. The song is twice as good. Mike plays really great solos, and the verse riffs are almost metal-like. More powerful than anything from Riot Act, great!

9 out of 10 points

2. World Wide Suicide

I didn't like it at all when I first listened to it, but it grows over time. Still not necessarily convincing and for me clearly the weak point of the album. It's an okay rock song, but unfortunately it was blessed with a very annoying chorus. Compared to the awesome opener, it unfortunately pales even more.

6 out of 10 points

3. Comatosis

Yes what is that? I haven't been used to anything punky and snotty since Brain of JFK! And this amazing production! Is that really the same Adam Kasper who staged the Riot Act so weakly? For me, Comatose is a definite successor to Spin the black circle. My goodness...

9 out of 10 points

4. Severed hand

Starts with psychedelic backwards played echoes that lead to a rhythmically very tricky riff that reminds a little of Ten. And just at the moment when you think that the song is dead in a verse / chorus / verse scheme, you will sprinkle interesting feedback sounds over Eddie's goosebumps vocals with a relaxed interlude in which Mike (or Stone?) surprised.

9 out of 10 points

5. Marker in the sand

The stanzas are structured in a similar way to Severed Hand, but here you will be enchanted by an unbelievable catchy chorus that makes you want to get down on your knees to scream thank you. Loveboat Captain or Thin Air are nice songs, but they haven't got such a catchy tune in a long time. At the end a Hammond organ sounds, which gives the whole thing a little epic touch. What a piece!

10 out of 10 points

6. Parachutes

Reminds me a lot of Neil Young's "For the turnstiles", maybe it was intended? However, Eddie has the better voice, which ensures that you get goosebumps again with this beautiful folk ballad. And the Hammond organ sounds again in the background. Nice!

9 out of 10 points

7. Unemployable

There are certain songs that make you want to jump into the convertible right away to curve through desert landscapes on Route 66. Unfortunately, I have neither a convertible nor a desert landscape, but Unemployable evokes exactly this association in me. A melodic laid back rocker who could also be from Tom Petty (when he was still good).

9 out of 10 points

8. Big wave

Should be a second comatose, but somehow it doesn't really ignite me. The riffs are just not surprising enough for me, and there is also less energy and catchy quality than the rest of the album. A song that goes in one ear and comes out of the other without leaving a lasting impression.

6.5 out of 10 points

9. Gone

The highlight of the album, and for me already a song that definitely joins the list of their best. Acoustic guitars spread a sad, almost depressive mood, to which the renewed use of the organ also contributes. Eddie sings really amazing. His timbre gives you goose bumps. And all of a sudden this melancholy mood is broken, the pace accelerates, and a refrain follows in which the sun literally rises. And in the next stanza everything sinks back into the same hopelessness. The musical expression of "Heavenly cheering, sad to death". Madness!

10 out of 10 points

10. Wasted recapitulation

The chorus from Life Wasted is repeated briefly in a calm version. Makes sense in the context of the album because it creates a mood. Due to the brevity, no rating.

11th Army Reserve

The guitar work is somewhat reminiscent of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Very melodic and at the same time a little psychedelic. Here, too, the super production is noticeable. Snare drum, hi-hats, bass - everything can be heard perfectly. Good song that pales a little compared to the rest.

8 out of 10 points

12. Come back

Yellow Ledbetter? Nearly. A clever self-quote introduces a blues-soaked ballad in which Eddie sings like a young god again. My beloved organ is not missing here either. A perfect bouncer song for parties when you're drunk in the arms of some girl. (Ahem, I didn't say that now )

8 out of 10 points

13. Inside job

A very psychedelic intro introduces a dreamlike ballad accompanied by acoustic guitars and piano, which increases until the end. I somehow associate this song with a hitchhiker who stands by the roadside wrapped in his black coat while it is pouring rain. A really very good conclusion.

10 out of 10 points


I would never have thought that PJ would publish such a rocky and somehow even pop album. Somehow I got used to the fact that a new album by the guys consists of folk songs on the one hand, experiments on the other and only a few rock songs (Save You). That doesn't mean I think that's bad. I still love binaural, for example, but it's not a rock album, it's a very experimental one. Pearl Jam doesn't. There is rocking again in Life Wasted or Comatose like since V.S. No longer, Marker in the sand and Gone are blessed with absolute catchy choruses, which ignite immediately when you hear them for the first time. So is the band going mainstream? Not at all. The album is more of a quintessence of their entire career so far, which is probably why they left it untitled. With skilful self-quotations, they create a kind of "reward" for those who have gone along with them through the experiments since Vitalogy. This is no better than e.g. Binaural, but one of their nicest and most accessible albums since Yield.

Overall: 9 out of 10 points