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Too many fillers and curveballs,
This review is from: Vitalogy (Audio CD)
This is basically a great album wrapped up in pap. They had a lot of baggage to carry with two hugely commercially successful albums and were determined to throw it off. The album is full of great tracks and there is a theme running through it - but it's punctuated with some pointless rubbish that just gets more and more annoying with every listening.
I bought this album on tape when it came out (I was a bit slow coming 'round to CDs). When you have to hit the FF button every few songs, it's the mark of a bad album. Of course, it's not such a problem on CD... But the very idea of skipping tracks is repugnant to me - especially Pearl Jam tracks!
I've noticed that a lot of people who knock Ten and Vs. for being too commercial tend rate Vitalogy and Binnaural as their best. Interesting albums with a lot of genius, but I'll take Vs. and Yield for the balance of accessibility (not really important when you listen to an album 1000 times!) and most importantly greatness (really the only thing that counts, forget accessibility) - with no Stupid Mops.
I love Ten, Vs., No Code, Yield, Riot Act and Pearl Jam quite a bit more than Vitalogy and Binnaural, but they still beat almost every other album that came out around the same time.