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Backspacer [Enhanced, Import]

Pearl JamAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B002IVLH60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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1. Gonna See My Friend
2. Got Some
3. The Fixer
4. Johnny Guitar
5. Just Breathe
6. Amongst The Wave
7. Unthought Known
8. Supersonic
9. Speed Of Sound
10. Force Of Nature
11. The End

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from Eddie Vedder and the boys, their ninth album overall. For Backspacer, the lasting Grunge rockers decided to do it big. They left label J Records and decided to release to album themselves, since the certainly have enough money to do that. They also hooked up with '90s Alternative Rock producer du jour Brendan O'Brien (Korn, Bruce Springsteen), the first time that the band has worked with O'Brien since 1998's Yield. The music on the record features a sound influenced by Pop and New Wave.

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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Loud than Too Late September 25, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is Pearl Jam's best album of the 2000s. Continuing where Pearl Jam left off, the band matches the energy of their last outing with better, tighter songs. The lyrics (notably, all are credited to Vedder) are exceptional. No longer bound by anti-Bush righteous rage, Vedder seems to feel freed to sing songs with more empathy and positive energy. There are still plenty of songs about troubled souls and surfing, but the overall tone is warmer and filled more with empathy than anger.

The band's playing is excellent as always, and Brendan O'Brien's return to the fold is welcome - this album, even more than the Ten Redux cd, is proof positive that O'Brien is THE man to produce Pearl Jam's albums. He adds a few touches of keyboards and strings here and there to augment the standard guitar/bass/drums rock format, and the result is a sound perfectly suited to Pearl Jam's strongest batch of songs in years.

Pearl Jam fans who have been waiting for a new great album but weren't quite convinced by their previous cd should give this one a shot, and fans who have stuck with the band all these years will not be disappointed. This is Pearl Jam for 2009 and beyond.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best since 'Yield' September 29, 2009
A quick note -

*this album is available for purchase at a regular price at any Target location.
*this album is available for download at a regular price on itunes.
*this album is also available for purchase at any locally-owned record/cd store.

Otherwise you will have to pay the expensive price listed here because Target is the only big-box chain store which sells Backspacer in the United States. Amazon must have fandangled a way to buy it from overseas and then resell it to you here, though that is just a guess.

On to the music.

It is wonderful. The album is again produced by Brendan O'Brian. As a whole the disc feels more upbeat than 2006's self-titled offering. With that being said we still get plenty of Eddie's growl and plenty of songs that rock. If you are already a fan of the band, you ought to stop reading this review and go purchase this now. You will not be disappointed.

The songs on the album are as fresh and inspired as you would expect a new recording to be from a band as creative as Pearl Jam. I feel that Binaural, Riot Act, and Pearl Jam are all excellent albums. But Backspacer is the most 'fun' to listen to of that group. The songs are tight, concise, and inventive. I doubt anything on the album is much longer than four minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised Target had a supply of Backspacer available for purchase on vinyl, and that is what I bought. The disc is nice and heavy, probably along the lines of 180 grams. It doesn't seem quite as hefty as some of my 200 gram records. Regardless, the sound quality is excellent. This is about all I have to say. I feel an album needs many years to really grow on me and allow me to accurately compare it alongside the material that came before it. But I can easily give this recording a five-star rating, and recommend it heartily to Pearl Jam fans, and fans of good music in general.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Ryan O
Format:Audio CD
This is how bands should make and sell cd's. This is the version which comes with download codes to get two complete PJ shows (like an additional 60 some songs!!!!!)

First the Backspacer album itself. Incredible. Production and songs are amazing. The first two songs have a more hardcore edge. Fixer opens up into an amazing anthem sound. Poetic lyrics, amazing singing, hard rocking guitars, excellent drumming and bass. This is the best band of the last twenty years, and this album proved it to me. This album is a MUST listen to. The entire album as a whole flows great together. Especially from Just Breathe to The End. It is concise and tight, and not a moment is wasted. Awesome.

Again, this is the version where you get to choose from 10 or 12 concerts and can download those COMPLETE concerts. So for one price you get the album, and two complete shows. This is a deal you cannot beat. After hearing the live shows, I have been converted into a complete Pearl Jam maniac!!!! Believe me, this album is and band is ALL THAT!!!!!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They did the Evolution, Baby! September 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
First off, I will let you know that I am biased in the fact that PJ is my favorite band of all time and I love all of their stuff. This album is great. The guys seem to be evolving and moving in a different direction with each album. The one thing that I love, (and that others seem to hate because they say "when is Pearl Jam going to equal the material that they put out on Ten)?, is that these guys progress musically and experiment, rather than rehashing old material. Each of their albums is excellent in the fact that they are willing to try something new. Sure, there are straight forward facemelters on Backspacer along with slow songs (I refuse to call any of PJ's songs ballads), but that is to be expected from a rock band. That is what they do. The thing is, they are different than the ones that were on Ten or Yield or Riot Act etc. That is great in my opinion. The sonics and reverb used on Backspacer is great. The percussion and bass is just right. The vocals and lyrics are awesome. All around this is a great album. And if these dudes don't win some kind of award for packaging, something is wrong with society in general.
Overall, Magnificent.
Peace and Love,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Breathe
The End is good in this case, but the rest is a good listen too. I like this CD more than the one entitled Pearl Jam which I also bought here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joshdm89
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by KSOH
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolicking
I love all PJ but the stand out for Backspacer is its commitment to different forms of rock and roll... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. H.
5.0 out of 5 stars A quintessential band that has evolved and only gotten better with...
A couple of years ago, I found this LP on sale at Target for just $10. Although I only heard Pearl Jam's hit song at that time, "The Fixer", I loved that particular song... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jdealy999
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brand New cd just as described!!!
Published 2 months ago by Sebas
5.0 out of 5 stars Still rocks!!
This is an excellent album. It's great to hear how Pearl Jam has continued to evolve and innovate through the years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I have been kind of on-and-off with Pearl Jam over the years. Hearing Ten was life-changing for me as a teen, providing a true alternative to the hair metal and bland pop to which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!
Love pearl jam, this is a great installment to my collection! Look forward to building my collectionadding to my collection.
Published 4 months ago by SWTLOU
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam Backspcer
A CD is a CD but I likes the fact that Amazon also gives you a digital copy right away so waiting to hear the tunes on snail mail is not an issue. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colorado Kid
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Yield is still my all time favorite, but this has some great stuff on it. Good mix of fast and slow material.
Published 5 months ago by Neo S.
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Backspacer is excellent
I got it a couple days ago and I think it's pretty good
Sep 13, 2009 by FWR |  See all 7 posts
Backspacer... hmmm?
I understand your argument. I think that Ten/VS/Vitalogy/ are some of the best albums of all time. That being said I loved Binaural alot, and to me this album is like a binaural II. Took me a few listens to get it but now I love it.
Oct 23, 2009 by Jonathan A. Foster |  See all 6 posts
Is this called "Backspacer" b/c "The Eraser" was taken?
is this a real question?
Oct 4, 2009 by Bill Cosbot |  See all 3 posts
Where's the domestic release?
Its a Target Exclusive. It'll be available on 9/20 in all Target stores
Sep 8, 2009 by M. Fitzpatrick |  See all 12 posts
Why is this not available in MP3 Downloads?
In the US, it's an iTunes/Target exclusive. I think albums my major artists being exclusives sort of goes against what Pearl Jam has stood for in the past, but that's unfortunately the way it is.
Apr 7, 2010 by GroundChuck |  See all 3 posts
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