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Some of Pearl Jam's strongest work,
This review is from: Lost Dogs (Audio CD)
Lost Dogs is a selection of past b-sides and studio outtakes chosen by the band, and the result is an album which stands alongside any of the band's previous work. Both discs are superbly sequenced and indeed all of the tracks are imbued with that wonderful, effervescent magic that is displayed on all of the bands releases. What makes Lost Dogs so satisfying is the fact that the collected material ranges from Ten outtakes right through to Binaural and Riot Act. despite subtle shifts in sound and texture the honesty and emotion that was so prevalent on Ten's twin guitar-nirvana orientated tracks is still there on the obtuse acoustic songs from the Binaural era. Pearl Jam are a band that are getting better with age but this collection proves they have always been a superb group. Indeed they are one of few, perhaps the only band working today with such strong b-sides (I'm a massive REM and U2 fan but I have to say that the quality of the bonus material on those two bands respective recent Best Of's was not great.) To choose highlights from such a quality collection I hope will not diminsish my point that this is superb throughout but here goes: 'Hold On' this is easily one of the band's strongest ever songs and I have been humming for a week now ( I suspect it's anthemic nature caused an immediate desire in the band to keep it off Vs - same reason why Jeremy was never given a US domestic single release.) 'Hold On' shares with 'Alive', 'Nothingman', 'Light Years' and 'Thumbing My Way' a sense of palpable loss and yet possesses an affirming quality. It's basically just a top-notch song and worth the purchase price alone.
'All Night' and 'Sad' are also personal highlights as are 'yellow Ledbetter', 'Down', 'Undone', 'Fatal', 'Otherside', 'Alone' and the raw, emotional and acerbic hidden track that was written in tribute to Alice in Chain's singer Layne Staley who sadly passed away last year. IF your a Pearl Jam fan this is unmissable.If not start with the studio albums but to truly understand the breadth of these guy's talent immerse yourself in Lost Dogs aswell.