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The two sides of Pearl Jam.,
This review is from: Rearview Mirror: The Best of Pearl Jam (Audio CD)
Here is a history summarised In Thirty-Three of their greatest tracks, the grunge come melodic rock heroes - Pearl Jam. Their sound is so diverse and unique, their music ever-changing and maturing. There is something for everyone on this album, heavy grunge rock in Once and Alive, the powerfully Dark Do the Evolution, the punky Hail Hail the fabulous acoustic Elderly Woman and to round it off, The soft and beautiful Man Of the Hour and Hendrix inspired?; Yellow Ledbetter.
Two discs that give two very different impressions of the band that kept rock 'alive' in the 90's. Disc One is pure high-energy rock, I was totally made up with the inclusion of State of Love and Trust, one of the best raw edge acoustic rock songs ever written. You have the typical tracks from Ten that made it the best-selling grunge album i.e. Alive, Jeremy, Once and Even Flow. Watch out for the catchy Corduroy on track 11 and the emotion-fuelled Rearviewmirror on track 9, both superb! Something from each studio album except Binaural, sadly. On this disc watch out for McCready's solo's on Alive, Even Flow and Animal - fantastic.
Disc two is alot more mellow, an amazing compilation. The lyrics in Elderly woman are beautiful. Better Man is always a favourite, one of Vedder's early accomplishments. Last Kiss was a suprise inclusion, maybe at the cost of Thin Air but in any case really shows vedder's vocal capability. Off he goes is possibly the most mellow, Man of the hour is a real thought-provoker nad If your after good lyrics, sung beautifully, to some really sweet melodies, on disc two you will find what you're after.
This is definitely one of the greatest rock albums of all time form one of the greatest rock bands.
I'm looking forward to hearing the remixed versions of the Ten Tracks, Not sure why Even Flow has been left out of the remixes, after all on the 2000 live touring band DVD it's done better than ever.
No Best of album ever has every track that fan wants but this is so close, fans will miss the likes of: Brian of J, No way, Greendisease, Smile, the before mentioned Thin Air, Insignificance and Indifference. The selection was always going to be debated, I don't think there has been a better album than this since Ten. I think Pearl Jam threw of the label of Grunge by the end of Vitalogy if not sooner, this is just great musicianship displayed in a broad spectrum of styles that ultimately can be classified as rock. If your after intelligent lyrics, great guitar riff, soft melodies, "face-melting solo's" and the greatest Rock vocals since Paul Rodgers this is where you'll find it.