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Binaural

Pearl JamAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)

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In 1991, Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, catapulted the little-known Seattle-based band into superstardom. Nine studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and hundreds of official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continue to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful -- with over 60 million albums sold worldwide.

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SonyBMG Special Markets
  • ASIN: B0014YVCDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (502 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Breakerfall
2. Gods' Dice
3. Evacuation
4. Light Years
5. Nothing As It Seems
6. Thin Air
7. Insignificance
8. Of The Girl
9. Grievance
10. Rival
11. Sleight Of Hand
12. Soon Forget
13. Parting Ways
14. Typing

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Pearl Jam lowered its profile after becoming a worldwide musical phenomenon in the early '90s, pulling back from the touring, radio, and press fronts. And this diverse 13-song outing, lacking another "Alive" or "Better Man," isn't the album to thrust Pearl Jam back into the limelight. Binaural kicks out the jams with a grandiosity worthy of the Who, as Pearl Jam roars through the loose, raucous two-minute-plus opener "Breakerfall" and into another brief rave-up, "God's Dice." Quickly, though, the loud MC5-style guitar outpourings that begin PJ's seventh album (and first to feature former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron) morph into the edgy, taut "Evacuation" and the midtempo "Light Years." The spare, mournful "Nothing as It Seems" (with lyrics and music by bassist Jeff Ament), "Thin Air," and the lilting "Parting Ways" all reflect romantic introspection. Eddie Vedder's poignant ukulele-accompanied "Soon Forget" is an affecting aside, and the rollicking "Insignificance" and Middle Eastern-tinged "Of the Girl" are all noteworthy. That's a strong lineup, but Binaural nevertheless falls short of the heights this talented group scaled in the past. --Katherine Turman

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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the most developed pearl jam album May 24, 2000
By JC_John
Format:Audio CD
This album more than met my expectations...Although it may be a fruitless effort to compare pearl jam albums with one another, I can't understand why people have such negative things to say about Binaural. The tracks on this album individually show more development than those on any other album. Just because there isn't a song that sounds like Even Flow or Alive, does that make it a bad album? Does that make it "fall short"? What other comments have I heard? "Not fun"..what are you talking about? If any album isn't fun, it's Ten (not much variation between songs and very little risk was taken). "The songs don't stick in my head"..isn't that kindof a good thing? The less developed a song is, the easier it will stick in your head. Example: Green Day -vs- Soundgarden. 3-chord junk songs versus actual skill. Give the album a few more listens. In addition, if the songs don't stick in your head, then they will age well as a consequence. You won't get tired of them as easily as you would "Jeremy." Binaural also can boast the most equal contributions amongst band members in terms of song composition. Jeff, Stone, and Eddie have really made an effort to work together on this album. Matt Cameron on drums also gives this album alot of energy, and a different feel from the previous albums. While Ten did not take enough risks, Vitalogy (one of my other favorite albums) peaked with creativity; however, take note of all the filler songs, including pry to, aye davinita, and heyfoxymophandlemamathatsme. No Code was very searching and reflective, but didn't rock in the way that many people liked. Yield was diverse and rocking, but exhausting to listen to the whole way through. Binaural pulls it all together, and while it may not contain an "anthem" that you and your buddies can sing along to, I ask once again, isn't that a good thing?
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Some say Pearl Jam are finished. Some say they went long ago when Vitalogy became the epitome of what Grunge had become - confused, muddled and dark. Some say they went with No Code, when the brash classic rock meets punk anthems of Ten and Vs. flew out the back door in favour of eastern-influenced singalongs such as Who You are and the rockers on it seemed unfocussed. Some said they died with Yield.
No matter when people say Pearl Jam 'died' or 'sold out' (and there is many a PJ fan who would dispute that last comment to the day they die), the fact remains that Pearl Jam have the potential to create some of most emotional, passionate and beautiful rock music ever made. On this album, they get there.
The album opens quickly, with Pete Townshend like riffs exploding into the speakers - its 'I can see for Miles' except this time it breaks into rapid fire bass and guitar - Breakerfall - the perfect opening for the album, and PJ sounding in fine form. That moves quickly onto 'Gods Dice'- the perfect one-two to floor this listener at the start of the album. Then comes the jilted 'Evacuation' - the Matt Cameron penned piece, filled with sparkling fills.
Then the album sparks into top gear. 'Light Years' follows - the albums mix of the best of Pearl Jam over the past ten years - its Given to Fly, Wishlist, Alive and Immortality all rolled into one and the result is one of the most beautifully crafted pop songs ever made. Stunning. 'nothing as it seems' continues in the same mold, all McCready wailing over the strum of the acoustic.
Still only five tracks in, and already we're knocked out by the sheer BEAUTY of the writing.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Musical Freedom June 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Pearl Jam has never been a band to be boxed into formulaic songwriting or pinned down with simple-minded categorizations. What makes PJ great is their willingness to experiment, evolve and take significant RISKS with each release. It's a risky proposition, because along with great hits can come great misses, and the public is ever so fickle and resistant to change. But it's something that will ultimately make PJ a truly standout - if not classic - band. And who in the hell ever said that you judge a band's quality by the album sales? If you believe that, you've been missing out on 90% of the best music out there. Populist tendencies and crowd-pleaser work do not necessarily a classic make.
The most ironic thing about this all is that on "Binaural" PJ continues on with their original purpose...making experimental, truly "ALTERNATIVE" music, pushing the envelope and exploring sounds and textures. It's ironic because that's what alternative and grunge were about in the first place - the spirit of the movement was about music deviating from the mainstream. No, this isn't a "Ten" or a "Vs." because those were ten years ago...back then, THAT was "alternative". PJ have continued to evolve and follow their vision. And now they're getting slammed for doing what people loved about them at first. Of course each album should be evaluated according to it's musical and lyrical substance and quality, not its genre...it's just a point that I personally find amusing.
Having said that, "Binaural" is quite, quite good. PJ here sounds restrained yet raw, elegant, graceful, mature, MUSICAL. It's a RAUCOUS album played with freshness and almost abandon - yet layered and complex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!
Brand New!!! Excellent product!!!
Published 3 days ago by Sebas
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
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Published 7 days ago by Marcos V. Migon
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underrated Work Of Art
I rarely give 5 stars to any album. Even if that album is by my favorite band Pearl Jam. I love his band to death as I stated in my No Code review. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tyler Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great!
Published 20 days ago by Rodrigo G Donaire
4.0 out of 5 stars A real good album with a little bit of everything.
A good mix of different sounds from an excellent and under-appreciated band. This wouldn't be the first album that I would play for someone who said that PJ hasn't been good since... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam's best album, and one of the best albums of all time
Binaural is Pearl Jam's best album. This album is designed to be listened to with headphones, and it's the most enjoyable way to experience the album. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Moist
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!!!!!
Pearl Jam deliver with BINAURAL and continue to impress album after album and the growth in their music is noticeable and seems like the band is just getting better album after... Read more
Published 12 months ago by MUSICFAN89
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam is BEST
Pearl Jam is my favorite band and music and has been for over 20 years! PEARL JAM RULES! PEARL JAM!
Published 13 months ago by #PearlJamKT
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent PJ record
Binaural is a good record which is more of a classic rock cd along with something of grunge.This has some good songs like breakerfall,sleight of hand. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rohit R
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ONE FROM PEARL JAM!!!!!!
PEARL JAM is truly a gifted band, and after many years i think BINAURAL is another great album filled with nice songs..... Read more
Published 15 months ago by FLUMINENSE
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2008 Reissue?
The only difference I've found is that the booklet, while still the same size, is made from a more standard CD book paper, instead of the recycled type material of the original.
The album still kicks just as much ass!
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