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I can still remember the first time I heard Evenflow on the radio, back in the summer of 1991. I had just finished my first year in college......I went to the local Mother's Music and bought the album the next day. Ten still my favorite PJ release, but as I've grown older along with the band members, I've come to appreciate different sounds and not expect things to always be the same. I wasn't a big fan of Lightning Bolt, but Gigaton is right up with Ten as one of my most listened to albums......it's a different, more mature sound, and a very good overall.
I'm giving three stars which is the lowest I'll ever give a PJ album. They are incapable of going lower than average. My disappointment lay in that there wasn't one song that hit me like so many of their others. I grew up with PJ but these days (getting old) I rarely have interest in high energy rock. If this album had given me just one Light Years, Off He Goes, Wishlist, Sirens, Nothing Man...I would be happy. The few quiet songs on Gigaton just don't hit me with the same feeling. The songs I listed, and so many other PJ songs can bring tears to my eyes even after I've heard them 100 times. PS: If you haven't heard the live recording of Vedder singing Comfortably Numb hit YouTube a.s.a.p.
Love it! Grew up with PJ and been with them the whole ride, for you dopes that want this to be 10 go back and listen to 10. F-ing epic record and so is this, Seven O'Clock is beautifully crafted and can't wait to dig into the whole thing!!!
I appreciate a band evolving with the times; a band growing and changing. This album is not the case. I was sadly disappointed to hear this album. This is not the Pearl Jam I've loved going on 30 years now. I appreciate change, but this album has gone one toke over the line. PJ gave up on its strengths and now is trying to do what they think is either "progressive" or "sending a message." Either way, they've fallen short from their previous inspirations. I'll avoid this album and stick to all their previous work. I wish it was not so.
When I first listened to the whole album I thought it was just ok. Then I have have been listening to Pearl Jam station on Sirius for a few months and all the songs free on me. I went back and listened to whole album a few times and now I really like it. A little more punk than 10 - their greatest album to date - but some great grooves. Although I hate Matt Cameron’s playing on any Pearl Jam song he didn’t originally play on, he sounds awesome on this album. I don’t know why he has no groove on songs he didn’t play on the album.
I hope the rest of the album is not like the first single, too much influence from Julian Casablanca’s. Wolfblood alone deserves 4 stars. Keep on trekking boys. After listening to the full album. I got to say, this album rocks!🤘🏼 can’t wait for them to come back to LA BEST ROCK ALBUM IN YEARS! After letting time pass listening to other releases from different bands. This petal jam album is by far the best rock album of 2020! Thank you for saving 2020! PEARL JAM🤘🏽👍🏽💪🏽🤙🏽
The first half of this album I loved it right from the start. The second half took a bit to grow on me but now I find myself listening more to the second half than the first. My favorite songs are whoever said , super blood wolf moon, dance of the clairvoyants, quick escape, seven o’clock, comes then goes, and River Cross. Honestly though I can listen to the whole album with no skips.Great job PJ. Can’t wait until I can see you play live again.
I’ve been in since Ten. They dropped off a cliff after Yield, plain and simple. Sure they’ve had classic songs here and there since, including 7 o’clock and Comes and Goes off this one. But face it, it’s mostly devolved into Eddie yammering unintelligibly about something or other along to banal rock like tunes. Really thought PJ would be next Led Zep but lets appreciate them forbwhat they are, a classic rock band with epic albums from the 90s and some great tunes since. Absolutely nothing wrong with that and I will be the first guy on line for their next tour, God willing.
Definitely what PJ needed to do.. change it up by not too much. Favorite song is Take the Long Way. It’s a classic rocker that can be put on Vs. I’d say this is their 3rd or 4th best album they have made. Great work fellas and perfect for this quarantine
At least that is what it seems to me. Like they were trying a little too hard to push the boundaries of the band, and explore a new sound. Don’t get me wrong, it has its moments. But if you were hoping, as I was, for another album on the level of Lightning Bolt, after such a long break, well. . .let’s just say lightning didn’t strike twice.
If Robert Johnson signed a contract with the devil for his musical talent, then the Yang to Roberts Yin is here! Pearl Jam must’ve signed a contract with the Almighty himself to rock this earth! Long live inspiration and creativity!
Grew up on Pearl Jam and bands if that era. I was lucky enough to see PJ at Lollapalooza along with Soundgarden and the Peppers in ‘93. As much as this hurts me to say, I just don’t like this album or most of their recent music.....
It’s new it’s different. Can’t wait to listen to the album as a whole. So for now I’m going to say 5 stars but I’m a fan of everything they have done. Ok comes out tomorrow 3 songs in and so far it’s a great PJ album no a great rock album! I’ll update once I sit with the whole album for a while! It’s been out for about a month yes it’s very good! Love every song!
I've been a fan since Ten, but have to admit, while I love everything they do, the last 2 releases didn't grab me as I anticipated, but still respect this band being together for so long and exploring so many different avenues in their music. When I purchased this offering, I didn't listen to it from beginning to end for about a week, but after hearing some snippets on the radio and seeing Eddie perform River Cross live, I finally decided to give it a try. I have now listened over and over, like I did with Vitalogy, No Code (my favorite). This is the introspective, thoughtful, jamming PJ I know and love. Thank you Matt, Stone, Boom, Jeff, Mike and Ed for making music whose time had come. It's gotten me through some tough quarantine days, but gives me hope for better days ahead. Love, Love, Love!
This album has grown on me in the best possible way. Not every song is a masterpiece, but each one certainly has its moments. Some of those moments are extraordinary. And the ones that are masterpieces (looking at you Seven O’Clock) are Pearl Jam at their absolute best. It took a few weeks but now this album is coming into focus for me. This one should be listened to on vinyl, forcing you to hear each and every track in sequence. They work together to paint a picture of the modern times and troubles we face today. No wonder this took seven years to produce, feels like a very personal album for the band and as always EV’s vocals bleed with urgency and resolve. Reminds me a lot of EV’s “Into the Wild”, an album that slowly and insidiously infects your musical soul and lifts you with each and every subsequent listening. Hate to say it, but this effort feels like a huge leap from Lightning Bolt which was a fine album but never really had a chance to reach (excuse the pun) immortality for me. “Sirens” is just way too ham handed for me. This one is much more delicate and ethereal, having the legs to go the distance. Bravo, five stars. I’ve always understood the pull of “Ten” which may be the greatest album of all time. If that’s more your cup of tea more power to you! But be forewarned “Gigaton” is far, far removed and 30 years beyond “Ten”.
I waited for this review. My first PJ show was actually a Millie Blaylock show when they opened for the REdHotChillies in 91. Close your eyes, you can take any song off Gigaton and relate it to anyone song on any one album over the past 30+ years. Can’t deny in this time and age, this is a pure ROCK Album. There best or a close #1 album they have ever released. Heart, Soul, anger, survival, it’s all on display. Must have to your PJ catalog. The other bad reviews should be removed, then review the album. Take a song and relate it to one off Ten or lighting bolt! It’s all packed into this well made album. Best rock album in 7 years. Especially seeing we’re in an era were Rock Is dead!
Simple minds won't get it, it's too much for them to understand without simplicity of lyrics or sound comforting their way of thinking. Those humans that seek to evlove or continue to grasp the process of evolving still have a chance to witness something great..... Good luck to you all, you are always welcomed on this journey called music....
PJ’s creative output since Backspacer has waned and at sometimes seemed to be completely gone, and I’ve bought and listened to all of their records at length. This album has given me hope as to their future, almost like a peak at new Pearl Jam that looks to be exciting. A couple tracks on here I’ll return to, but nothing emotionally resonating or fantastic. Three stars, a compliment but I’d really love to see something as exciting as past albums. I don’t want a rehash, I want something that invokes regular folk despite them being millionaires.
Used to be a time when Pearl Jam was a garaunteed great album. Bands always evolve, I get it. Some just go in the wrong direction. Think their too bust hating Trump to make good music anymore.
Pearl Jam once again does not fail to impress. As a drummer, they've definitely emphisized the rythym side of this album. It simply Rocks. The recording of the drums sounds fantastic! I love the ring of the snare drum and the tone of the toms. I love the fact that this band plays real instruments and uses creativity to lay down some good music. Who's 1 starring Pearl Jam? Oh yeah, it's those who consider Cold Play and Fall Out Boy good bands. Peace out Felicia's.
While I need to spend some more time with the album and I appluad the switching of instruments and writing colaboration and I disappointed. Regardless of the era, the year or the political enviroment, PJ always has a knack for driving riffs and great harmonies. Not here. Yes, the two singles are unique and evoke some emotion, the rest of the album feels like a clunker. Trust me, I hate to say that and it's cool that the band evolves, but I dont hear evolution. Reminds me of No Code and Riot Act which I couldn't stand the production, the constant "live" feeling of everyone jamming at once. I feel like I am being play "AT" instead of being played "TO".
I suppose nothing stays the same, nor is it intended to. So Pearl Jam has every right to grow and evolve and make whatever music moves them. I couldn't make music if I tried, but I'm not listening to Pearl Jam anymore, because we've grown too far apart. I loved them in the early grunge day and that's how I will remember them, not this new album or many of the ones before it. Times change, congrats to the people who like this and congrats to the Band for doing what they love. It's just not for me. Peace
Pearl Jam hasn't been the same since Ten. I understand about evolving as a band, but Vedder's voice just keeps getting worse. He sounds like a billy goat now. Also, the music has lost the edge that made them interesting. There are a few lights on the album, but nothing that really is something that will make you hum, sing, or even remember it. It's a shame really. They were such a quality groove rock band early on, and now they don't can't even put together a rock song. And like I said, Vedder can't sing anymore.
I always thought they were cliché wanna be activist band they try way to hard to be something Relevant!!!! horrible Lonf time original born and breed Seattleite ( unlike eddie v. yet another California transplant who RUINED SEATTLE )
The title says it all. This album once again demonstrates the unity and superior musical collaboration within the band but lacks the one thing they were once known for....the hits. ......Disappointing.