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Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After vocalist Andrew Wood overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on ... Read more in Amazon's Pearl Jam Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: Universal
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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Disc. 1 Getaway/////// Mind Your Manners/////// My Father's Son/////// Sirens/////// Lightning Bolt/////// Infallible/////// Pendulum/////// Swallowed Whole/////// Let The Records Play/////// Sleeping By Myself/////// Yellow Moon/////// Future Days///////

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and learn 17 Oct 2013
By domo
Format:Audio CD
If I had reviewed this album last week when it was streaming on i-tunes I would have given it 2 stars. A few days later 3. A day later 4. And today 5. And in a year or 5 or 10 or more, I know this album will be one I revisit. Its Pearl Jam. I should have known not to trust my first listens. For me, the best Pearl Jam albums have been the ones I have grown into, No Code, Binaural and now Lighting Bolt. This is a band of unrivaled musicians. They are capable of crafting deep, multi faceted rock songs that don't just invade your head they invade your very soul, the very essence of who you are. Vedders vocal melodies are at times so odd you don't know how in the world it could ever be a singalong song, but there you are, belting it out at the top of your lungs. Pendulum is a stunning masterpiece, a new career high, it parts the album like Moses and the red sea. The first half is biting, fierce and infectious. The second half, deeper, more introspective, a little more soulful, and equally as brilliant as the first half. What an album. What a band. Listen and learn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Grower! 4 Nov 2013
By Pigkate
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As others have said, this album deserves a few listens and a little time to sink in before you make up your mind - if you're a Pearl Jam fan already, that probably isn't a surprise (No Code, Binaural, Riot Act - I'm looking at you). My opinion has changed dramatically since I first heard it. On first listen, I wasn't sure I liked it at all, beyond the singles Mind Your Manners and Sirens. Now, I'm sold and I finally get that this is meant to be an album of two halves. I just needed to go with the change in mood and tempo - you can't 'make' the second half keep up its momentum of punchy, punky, attitude, you just have to give in to the introspective, haunting, melancholic and atmospheric as soon as Pendulum hits. Interestingly, we seem to have two distinct moments in the two halves where a track stands out for being a little different. During the first half, it's Sirens, with its song of uncertainty and the fragility of life and love sandwiched between the biting, satirical notes of My Father's Son and the indomitable force at the heart of Lightning Bolt (whoever the female subject is, she kicks quite some arse). Despite the deep, dark theme, Sirens soars, lifts and ultimately gives us the possibility of hope and holding on to love, if only for the present. After Pendulum hits, we don't really get back up to the hard-hitting heights of Getaway and Mind Your Manners, we have to give in to introspection, a crepuscular atmosphere and the kinds of things that prey on our minds in the dark. Yet, among these songs of fear, longing and reminiscence, Let the Records Play bounces in with the feel of a 'last hurrah' (or 'Dad dancing at the disco', if we're going to be mean - tee hee), in all its glam-rocky pants-swinging glory. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best PJ Album in Years! 15 Oct 2013
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This is easily there best album in years. Most songs if not all are all worth listening to more than once, where as in the last four to five albums there as been more than one song on an album you will skip!

Such a good mix of tracks and Eddie is on superb form with his wonderful voice and lyrics.

This is up there with TEN, Vs. & VITALOGY and enjoying listening to whole album!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real 'pearler' 14 Oct 2013
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Intriguing, vibrant , heavy, textured, layered, rhythmical, rocky, raw, polished, and eminently listenable. Music with attitude. Attitude with style. Style with class. Top notch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten............... 15 Oct 2013
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....studio albums. And prior to the release of each one since 'Ten' I've asked myself "Will it be better than". It's a big ask, since 'Ten' is the best album I've ever heard.'Ten' has angst, mystique and a brooding, menacing sinister feel to it that has not been replicated by PJ over the last 22 years imo. The band is no longer a collective of angry young men, if indeed they ever were but they are older and wiser now and 'Lightning Bolt' is a reflection of that confident maturity. I'm usually not a big fan of Brendan O'Brien's production. I think he sometimes applies so much polish to the music that he renders it sterile however he always comes up trumps with PJ, they work well together. 'Lightning Bolt' feels like an extension to 'Backspacer'. A no frills example of perfectly executed rock music performed by musicians who proved, beyond doubt, many years ago that they could play. I've never been disappointed with any of their albums, they continue to never put a foot wrong imo which may render this review unhelpful however if you like just one of PJ's other albums you owe it to yourself to give 'Lightning Bolt' a try. You might not be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last an album I want to buy 16 Oct 2013
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Pearl Jam have been the soundtrack to my life to date. I've followed their career from Mother Love Bone and Temple of the Dog days, and this is one of their best albums to date. All their previous albums have had some great tracks on them, but on this album, it seems that the moon and sun have aligned for the band...buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth the wait 24 Dec 2013
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Pearl jam never disappoint - another great albumn by the lads loved every track. Just love the lyrics and eddie vedder's vocals
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let the records play... 6 Dec 2013
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I am a first generation Pearl Jam fan. I was sixteen years old when "Ten" was released and they, together with Nirvana, Metallica, Guns 'n' Roses and Extreme, provided the soundtrack to my 1991, probably the first year in my life I actually started to pay attention to new music. Although I loved "Vs." almost as much as their first album, other albums after that didn't quite all hit the spot for me and Pearl Jam albums, over the years, have been hit and miss, although they nearly always have at least one or two worthy songs on each release. Still, I think it is fair to say that my love for Pearl Jam had seriously faded over the years, although a new album by the band is always of interest. I had already started to hear some positive noises about their tenth album, "Lightning Bolt" before its release, so I was expecting quite a good album when I first played it. On first listen, I was slightly nonplussed; it sounded fairly decent, but nothing special. On the second and third plays, some songs started to stand out and the album, as a whole, began to have a quality feel about it. After that, each time I have played "Lightning Bolt", I have pretty much loved the vast majority of it and it's now, to me, the best thing they have released since "Vs.", back in 1993. Yes, it takes a bit of time to get to know, but when you do, what a brilliant piece of work it really is.

Although not every single track is musical gold, the vast majority of the songs on this album are superb. The punky "Mind Your Manners", although slightly similar to "Spin The Black Circle" from 1994's "Vitalogy", provides an early highlight and the angry, throbbing rock of "My Father's Son" keeps the impetus going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese version review
This is not about the music but about the version. I chose the Japanese version as they mostly have extra stuff and sometimes better mastering. Not with this CD. Read more
Published 12 days ago by J. G. Herdes
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent album , Pearl jam keep continuing with great sounds , defo up there with the rest ,, but i am a fan
Published 27 days ago by steffkel
4.0 out of 5 stars like it
cant say i love it yet as i havent heard it enough but a great rock album, typical pearl jam, does exactly what it says on the tin.
Published 1 month ago by alana
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album
Recommended to all fans of real music. This band continue to roll out excellent music, roll-on Berlin 2014. Great buy.
Published 1 month ago by Ian Reams
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The album is absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Every single music lover throughout the world must own this work of genius
Published 2 months ago by stuart heath
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic PJ
This is a PJ album with some great song on it, some good ones, and some not so good ones.
Published 2 months ago by Tommy_99
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever!
I love Pearl Jam and I love this album. That's really all I have to say on the subject... :o)
Published 3 months ago by Peasimo
5.0 out of 5 stars LIGHTNING BOLT
Love Pearl Jam and especially this album. One of my favourites to listen to at the moment. Really happy with my purchase.
Published 3 months ago by Shadow
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best
I liked this album and content from the first listen - as usual though, albums grow on listening so I'll have to re-visit with a more considered review later on.
Published 3 months ago by J. G. McMillan
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Album since No Code
Fantastic return to form, while I did enjoy a few tracks on each album Lightning Bolt had me hooked track after track. My favourite track has got to be Sirens, Its amazing! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr Paul W McLoone
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