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Lightning Bolt

October 15, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2013
  • Release Date: October 14, 2013
  • Label: Republic Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Monkeywrench, Inc. Exclusively Licensed in the U.S. to Universal Republic Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
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  • Total Length: 46:52
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  • ASIN: B00FQAZ7PW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,607 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Instantly one of my favorite Pearl Jam albums...love almost every song!
MF126
I am not saying that the album is bad or the rest of the songs are not good...if you listen individually ,they are pretty good.
maggi rodriguez
Other albums have been good - don't get me wrong - but this one is really spot on.
Nick Pusloskie

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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie L. Fowler on October 16, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Pearl Jam are back after 4 years from their last release. While the last album Backspacer had some mixed reviews, overall consesus was good. For myself Backspacer was there best since Yield. Now, when Mind your manners came out I was pretty excited because it had a punk type feel of the Vitalogy years mixed in with Backspacer. I believe McCready said he was inspired by Dead Kennedy's on the song that he actually wrote music for. When Sirens single came out, I was amazed again by another quality ballad. Everyone was spot on in Sirens, the lyrics, the melody, the keys, guitar, guitar solo etc... An instant classic. As far as the album as a whole, it starts off fast with Getaway, reminiscent of Yield type of sound. Next of course is Mind Your Manners. Then another rocker in Fathers Son, which has an odd tropical type bridge that takes a bit to get used to. Sirens comes in too ease the heaviness of the begining. After that you get a jolt of Lightning Bolt that has another Yield type of sound with a hint of Tom Petty. Great song. Next 2 songs are Infallible and Pendelum, which I think are the gems of the album. Infallible has a funky bass grove and catchy chorus that is instantly epic. Pendelum has this haunting type of begining that almost sounds like a sonar then takes off with slight simple progressions. Next is Swallowed Whole which is rocking rhythm guitar with lyrics to match, which honestly reminds me of S/T album and Backspacer. Next is the bluesy Let the Records Play that has a catchy chorus and McCready wails some blues several times throughout. Sleeping By Myself is the full bands version of Ed's solo song off Ukelele Songs. Liked that they added more components to this version. Yellow Moon almost reminds me of something Ed did off of Into The Wild.Read more ›
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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Kumar Plocher on October 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love Pearl Jam. I have since they first hit the scene, and I've been lucky enough to see them live seven times over the past twenty years. I'm way too biased to even pretend I can give you an objective view, but I can offer up the following observations of "Lightning Bolt":

• The music on this album covers more range than I think I've ever heard from them. From their grungy roots to their emotional ballads to their experiments with jangly blues, new wave and psychedelia, everything is here.

• At the same time, there is a cohesiveness to this album that I can't really recall on any Pearl Jam album since No Code. Whenever I start listening, I feel compelled to listen to the whole thing. That did not happen with Backspacer or the Avocado album. I think part of it is lyric-based. Everything on this album seems thematically connected, as there is an ever-present tension between inner emptiness and soul satisfaction. There is no Johnny Guitar or George Bush monologue to contend with. The stories that are told are more first-person and feel less contrived.

• Ed is unafraid to let you into his heart, and that is a double-edged sword. If you buy into it and take his lyrics seriously, you will be richly rewarded.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Russ Bashaw on October 15, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
Yeah the dudes are getting older, but Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron are still really great musicians willing to expand their music pallets. Of course some of the songs off the new record Lightning Bolt are going to be a bit soft for some, but, think about it this way: The same group that put out Ten have had 20+ years to grow and evolve as musicians. They're not the disenfranchised youth anymore so it should go without question that the album is going to sound much different than anything else that they have put out earlier in their careers.

Some of the songs such as "Mind Your Manners" have a driving bass element from Ament that is akin to his playing in his other side project RNDM. Furthermore, Matt Cameron just participated on a new Soundgarden album recently, but he's never had a problem separating the style of play that he has for each band, but I feel like he used a lot of his good fills for the SG album and not here for PJ. Stone does what Stone does best. Would really like to see a double solo from him and McCready sometime, but I don't think that will happen any time soon. Eddie will be Eddie, as he always has been. His vocals are tight and sound as should and lyrically he is as intriguing as ever. Check out Pendulum and Infallible as examples.

Here's a track-by-track break down from my first couple of spins from the album:

"Getaway" feels like a radio-rock tune talking about criticism. I feel like this could have been the closing track of the album with as much negative press they might receive from the record, as a giant middle finger saying, "Hey, we're going to write and record the music we want to write and record, so piss off.
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