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Lightning Bolt
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on 27 July 2015
When you think of Pearl Jam, you immediately think of grunge and probably their most famous song, "Alive."

Well grunge has been dead for a while now but the musical juggernaut that is Pearl Jam most definitely is not.
"Lightning Bolt" is their tenth studio album, a straight up no frills alternative rock record, heavier than predecessor "Backspacer" but not hard rock as the "avocado" album from 2006.

Lead single "Mind Your Manners" is a throwback to old style Pearl Jam, quirky in delivery but not single potential in my view.
Second single "Sirens" though is a sublime song however, quite simply one of the best they've ever recorded.
Such a poignant melody with meaningful lyrics.

Other album highlights include the haunting "Pendulum" and "Swallowed Whole" as well as the calm ballad "Yellow Moon."
Fans of Pearl Jam's back catalogue will be familiar with the sound here, it's a song done many times before.

22 years is a long time for any band to be on top of their game, but Pearl Jam prove there's live in an old dog yet.
They are still as relevant and fresh as they ever were back in 1991.

"Lightning Bolt" is a superb alternative rock record and comes highly recommended.
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on 30 October 2013
There's a sequence on this album, from Mind Your Manners through to Pendulum where Pearl Jam are writing their best stuff since Yield. Therefore it's slightly disappointing the album tails off at the end. Opener Getaway is by the numbers Pearl Jam, although enjoyable it's not a stand out. Mind Your Manners is their best balls out rocker since Do The Evolution back in 1998. The title track Lightning Bolt is wonderful, in a Corduroy kind of way, that good. Infallible has their funkiest tiff for a while. Sirens is a little power ballad(ish) but guitarist McCready saves the song with a seriously wicked solo! After a spooky Pendulum, things start to go wrong. Swallowed Whole & Yellow Moon (like Getaway) are PJ on cruise control, and the inclusion of a previous Vedder solo song Sleeping By Myself is baffling. Let The Records is a great song though, with a crazy riff from Stone Gossard, and an euphoric chorus.
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on 28 September 2014
I have been a Pearl Jam fan since the release of Ten. I have followed their music closely since. I would say this is an average album with some good tracks, like Sirens and Getaway. If you're expecting their music of old, i.e. Ten or Vitalogy, then this ain't it. Their music has kept evolving, though some won't necessarily like it. I do and I think PJ are a class act but personally I prefer Backspacer to this (released in 2009), which has some excellent tunes.
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on 14 September 2017
A great album and one of their best. I've been disappointed with their more recent albums and this definitely a big improvement.
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on 12 November 2013
few weeks ago, i heard the song from PJ's new album on my way to kerry...couldnt get it out of my mind! So I bought the album. Well, i will keep it short and sweet and wont hold you any longer from buying it - go get it for yourself, great rock, great lyrics and hypnotizing Eddie Vedder voice guaranteed...after 3 decades they still rock!
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on 4 November 2016
If you are a PJ fan and don't have this BUY it now, I haven't stopped playing it. Its up there with TEN as far as I'm concerned.
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on 18 October 2013
This is a fantastic addition to the catalogue of music that PJ have released over the last 20+ years. I'd say it's a return to form, but the form hasn't really dipped all that much. You can tell it's a band that loves making the music that they want to, in their own way. Fantastic energy and drive, through to heartfelt melancholy. An absolute must for any PJ fan. A solid definite for any lover of guitar music with a talented band and one of the 21st Century's finest male vocal talents.
Get it.
Now.
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on 18 July 2017
Really impressed and the packaging is beautiful. I've recently reconnected with Pearl Jam and this was no disappointment.
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on 10 November 2013
If your a Pearljam fan then you'll buy it anyway, but i'd say it's as good as previous albums.
Not as commercial as Backspacer, and nothing as strange as Vitology.
Bit of Punk and some Ballads, a good mix of Pearljam.

But as I said, if your a lifelong fan they could release white noise and we would still love it!
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on 29 November 2013
I`ve every album Pearl Jam have made and this is a little different from the rest. This is less grunge than the rest, a little more pop but still an exellent listen. Eddie Vedder still has lots to get of his chest, but puts it across with a little less angst.
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