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5.0 out of 5 stars
Another great album, 19 Nov. 2002
I was initially thinking about giving this 4 instead of 5, but in truth if this was by any band other than PJ i would be raving about it.
Lyrically the album is as strong as ever, despite what the amazon reviewer said (they are entitled to their opinion though, i mean it is their website) i think that Eddie (and Matt on the odd song) writes relevant and affcting lyrics, o.k. so his political rants do kind of fall short of Zack De La Rocha, but that kind of angst wouldnt really fit in to a pearl jam album. Equilly though, he more introspective songs make a lot more sense than Tom Yorke (i do love Radiohead though).
Songwise it's kind of more of the same. while there is no doubt that PJ have progressed since No Code these last few records have had a common sound i think. Basically if you liked those then you'l like this, its kind of got more in common with yield than anything else though.
It's fair to say that there isnt a bad song on this record and for a change there are a bunch of stand out tracks. Like everyone else I am mine stands out for me, but my personal favourite is All or none. Opener Can't Keep is one of those low groove tracks that PJ are so good at now while Thumbing my way is the kind of folk that was on No Code.
Frankly this is an exceptional album, the best pearl jam have done in years, highly highly recomended