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on 10 November 2002
Yes, this is just another Pearl Jam record.
The seventh album from the ledgendary 'Jam is just like the rest of their albums and typical Pearl Jam; mature, clever and occasionally innovative rock music.
There are some immediately brilliant great on here, most notably the recent single I Am Mine. However the rest of the album needs a few more listens to fully appreciate the subtlety and great musicianship throughout this album. After a few more listens other tracks that weren't noticeable before, develop; Save You is a rocker that somehow reminds me of Do The Evolution from Yield, and Ghost and Thumbing My Way are sure to be favourites.
There are a couple of bad cuts on here; Help Help is quite uninteresting and obvious filler, Bushleaguer is a very odd, spoken word track, not to my tastes, but some may like it, and Arc is a weird, minute long chant. Three songs out of fifteen isn't bad going considering the rest of the album contains at least good songs.
Vedder's lyrics are still very mature andd thought provoking and occasionally still odd. The musicianship is prett much flawless throughout. Matt Cameron is proving an excellent addition to the Pearl Jam camp too.
Overall this is a damn fine album, which definately tops their previous effort Binaural, but unforunately it proves that they will never create a better album than Ten in consistency and truly memorable songs.
Riot Act? probably not.
A subtle, clever, soothing rock album which still is a notch above the mainstream? Definately!