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Sleeping Through The War
Sleeping Through The War
Price: £13.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "New non-ATW music sounds meh" and "Deliberately not listened to ATW today. Don't feel quite right!.." - A tale of two texts., 15 Mar. 2017
This is a verbatim message I sent regarding this album.

"Ha! First listens I loved the immediacy of Bulls and Bruce Lee, further listens became hypnotized by 3-5-7 and Am I Going Up. Then as said before was amazed by and loved the details in Alabaster. The bongo section at about 3:28; just wow. It's all in the small details. I met a friend who loves the album also and found myself quoting the lyrics to Coffee to much amusement. Cowboy Kirk is seductive and a bluesy jam in Internet to finish just leaves me wanting four more tracks. Listened to some new non-ATW music which now just sounded flat and meh. Album of the year no doubts and left seriously looking forward to tour in October. To paraphrase; I am going up. Or am I going down? I'm definitely going somewhere."

That somewhere is a place an album hasn't taken me for the best part of a decade. Call it psychedelta blues, call it southern garage fried. It is inspired. It is genius. It is addictive. It gets under your skin and stays. Wilfully submit and go for the back catalogue. 2017 is the year of All Them Witches. To finish, another text,

"Deliberately tried to not listen to ATW today. I'm now rattling a bit. Don't feel quite right!.."

I was compelled to listen again to some All Them Witches after sending that message and everything felt right again. Again, just wow.
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Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Offered by Great Price Media EU
Price: £7.99

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in harmony., 14 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Lightning Bolt (Audio CD)
This album has been twenty years in the making. It is a perfect synthesis of every Pearl Jam moment from their prolific history and back catalogue. 'Lightning Bolt,' shimmers. It is an effortless, peerless amalgamation of classic rock moves, punky idealism and more experimental leanings. Despite these different strands 'Lightning Bolt' is as cohesive as the bands early albums, there is a natural flow and order to the proceedings. There are not, as there was with 'Riot Act' for example, any jarring moments or misplaced experimentation. Even with an aggressive opening three tracks Eddie Vedders growl has mellowed into a powerful emotive voice, the vocals in harmony with the musical surroundings make for a complete, beguiling mix. Currently 'Sirens,' 'Lightning Bolt,' and 'Getaway,' are highlights. These songs are bang up to date but could so easily have been written at the outset of their career. Pearl Jam have never sounded so laid-back yet so vital.

Pearl Jam: Twenty [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Pearl Jam: Twenty [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Cameron Crowe
Price: £11.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 22 Nov. 2011
Pearl Jam are without doubt the best band of the last twenty years and this Cameron Crowe film underlines this brilliantly. The early footage is especially touching referencing the importance of Andrew Wood in Stone and Jeff's careers. The obvious affection that peers such as Chris Cornell shows reflects great respect and the Hunger Strike video from the Temple of the Dog project fits this perfectly. My heart skipped a beat watching Eddie stage diving from the lighting rigs, such brilliant showmanship, although Eddie would hate this description! And as for the music, it speaks for itself. Which other band of the era would have considered recording such wilfully diverse albums as Vitalogy and No Code after such commercial success. Kudos for attempting to take on Ticketmaster. Fugazi principles from a major label band. Pearl Jam, I for one salute you. To another twenty years.

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