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All Being Said....Their Worst Album
on 1 May 2007
Riot Act, Pearl Jam's previous album was a hard slog. A few nuggets but mostly uninspired. However where Riot Act had songs such as I Am Mine,& All Or None which could match the band's best writing, 2006's self titled album had no such gems. From all accounts this was a tricky record to make, with many different recording sessions, and it shows. The songs seem forced, awkward, and it's not helped by the worst production of their career lacking any warmth or subtlety. There are a handful of "Ok" songs though. Army Reserve has a cool groove and most of Inside Job is enjoyable, although they could of worked on the chorus a little more. Big Wave has a bunch of infectious energy, and Unemployable has what resembles a melody. I don't care for much else on the album, with a couple of sickly ballads (Parachutes, Come Back) and generic rock (Life Wasted, Comatose, Gone).