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This review is from: Pearl Jam (Audio CD)
Having spent the last week listening to this album non stop, I can safely say that it is the best album Pearl Jam have made since 'Yield.'
The energy is back. Vedder's vocals are much stronger than the sleepy sound of 'Binaural' and 'Riot Act.'Tracks like 'Comatose' and 'Worldwide Suicide' are more akin to the raw, punky, Vitalogy album than the more laid back sound that the band has experimented with in recent years.
There are some great ballads here too. 'Gone' is an excellent, disillusioned track. 'Parachutes' sounds a little like the Beatles but the lyrics are really interesting. The odd time signature makes it totally different to anything they've done before.
Politics and war are themes of this album but they don't dominate it. There's a great mix of aggression and melody on this album. The songs flow much better than the odd mix of 2002's 'Riot Act.'
At 7 minutes long, 'Inside Job,' the album closer is a great finale. It builds from light guitars and piano into a really powerful ending. It's one of the best tracks they've ever written.
Overall this album mixes the best elements of Pearl Jam; edgy punk rock, beautiful melodies and political awareness. Buy it Now!