This, along with 'Riot Act' is classic Pearl Jam. What they're all about in my opinion. This is a brilliant record with some of the greatest Pearl Jam songs ever stacked nicely throughout. Add to that the brilliant book and overall Vinyl feel to it, and you're rocking. A classic album.
Vitalogy is split into two parts, 1 & 2. 1 consists of the strong, brilliant tracks and 2 focuses more on their experimental stuff, ending with the frankly quite disturbing "hey foxymophandlemama, that's me" or "Stupid Mop." It's a 7 and a half minute opus about mops and sex, and sex with mops. It's really odd. I mean really odd. Disturbing. The voiceover and stuff just makes it sound like something from 'Silence of the Lambs', but that aside, it's an ace record. You always get the feeling that Eddie & co. always stick something on the end of their records to stop them from being perfect. Just to annoy us lol. I think so anyway.
Anyway, why all the fuss?
Well, "Corduroy", "Spin The Black Circle", "Last Exit", "Tremor Christ", "Not For You", "Immortality", "Nothingman" AND "Betterman" are all on here. See why now? lol
This is a brilliant album, and many people's favourite for obvious reason. Add to that the brilliant, jammy "Aye Davanita" and Eddie's romp with an accordion classic "Bugs", and you have probably the perfect PJ album. Not my favourite, however. It feels too dark. It sounds too dark. It is, too dark. Not in the same league as 'Ten' as dark albums go, but for sure a close second.
Did I mention the booklet? I love that thing.
5 Stars. Just Get It. Now.