Bottom line: This album is better than Ten. Hard to believe as that is, I think it is more diverse and manages the feat of being consistently great. It is an unsung classic that deserves it place amongst the great rock albums of the 90s along with Ten, Nevermind, Superunknown and Dirt of the same era.
It takes a few listens to sink in but, like all truly great recordings, before you know it you will fall in love with this album.
It rocks: Opener 'Go' is frenetic, and 'Animal' and 'Leash' possess a thunderous groove. 'Blood' is a raw explosion of noise which has Vedder howling himself hoarse over a thunderous rock barrage.
It soars: 'Dissident' is Vs' answer to 'Alive' and very nearly as good!
It sooths: 'Daughter' and 'Elderly Woman...' are gentle, poignant, mainly acoustic numbers.
It's political: 'Rats' compares humans (unfavourably) to rats - its true, think about it, 'Glorified G' is a mocking take on America's gun culture many years before Columbine, Micheal Moore and Marilyn Manson - with lines such as 'Got a gun, in fact I got two but that's OK cos I love God!'. WMA tackles racism in the police force.
It has the ultimate album closer: 'Indifference' where Vedder ponders how much difference anything you do makes over a gently ambient soundscape of guitar, organ and bass. It is the ultimate late night with an incense stick type of song and is lyrically superb.
Buy this give it a few listens and fall in love. If you already have then, hey, you know I'm right...