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Pearl Jam

May 2, 2006

Song Title
Life Wasted
World Wide Suicide
Severed Hand
Marker In The Sand
Big Wave
Wasted Reprise
Army Reserve
Come Back
Inside Job

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  • Original Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Release Date: April 27, 2006
  • Label: J Records
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  • Total Length: 49:15
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  • ASIN: B00138CRUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,879 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam is their hardest record yet May 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
To start off, many people say this is a comeback album but the truth is they never went anywhere to comeback to. They've always been a 'classic rock' band at the core with influences such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Buzzcocks, among others.

I'll start off with the cover, which is a blue gradient background with an avocado. The avocado can symbolize many things since it has a unique pit. On the inside of this album you see that uniqueness with the artwork. Each song has two pages, one of the lyrics and the other a picture of a face zombiefied or altered in some way. The pictures are rather good and with the exception of the last picture which has Eddie's head covered in blood amidst the rest of the band members' heads also covered in various gory ways. It's no doubt a disturbing picture but you get the impression this CD isn't for the faint of heart. Most songs have a strong message about what's going on in the world from the war on Iraq to love ones lost.

I can say my political views are not the same as Pearl Jam's but it didn't stop me from enjoying the music. That's because the lyrics are done in a tasteful enough way to not alienate fans entirely but still get their message across. That's really the best way to do things IMO and Ed's lyrics shine. He's acknowledged he's gotten away from the story telling his lyrics used to have in earlier work and he comes back to that here.

To start off, Life Wasted is a strong rocking sound to kick off the album. The chorus can and probably will get stuck in your head after a few listens. What I love the most is Mike's guitar solo near the end. It's subtle enough to where you may not pick it up on the first few listens unless you're looking for it but once you recognize it the song feels much stronger.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Next Stop Falling May 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It totally blows my mind that people are still whining about how Pearl Jam no longer sound like they did on Ten. Well that was only fifteen years and eight albums ago. (Plus two compilations and about 150 live albums.) Well here's a new flash, genius – the only Pearl Jam album that sounds like Ten is Ten. They quickly left the power grunge behind and turned to a garage/classic rock focus, while leaving the flannel kids stuck in a 1991 time warp. Besides, they're in their forties now, and long ago grew bored with what they were doing in their mid-twenties. For the rest of us who can appreciate the developing talent and vision of serious musicians, not to mention the passage of time, Pearl Jam has now delivered the strongest of their latter-day "mature" albums.

After a few rather dreary albums, Pearl Jam seems to have gotten their spark back, and maybe the critics are right in crediting the current political situation. The best rockers on this album, such as "Life Wasted", "Comatose," and "Severed Hand" have a crunch that hasn't been heard since No Code. Even a few of the slow-burners, especially "Gone" and "Inside Job" (which features the first-ever lyrics from Mike McCready) have a sense of menace that hasn't been present in Pearl Jam's ballads since – you guessed it – Ten. And believe it or not, Eddie Vedder is still developing as a singer and lyricist, as he finds more and more subtle ways to convey every emotion from righteous anger to solemn empathy. This new album is a return to form that will satisfy serious Pearl Jam fans and lovers of real rock. There's not an ounce of grunge here – and there shouldn't be. [~doomsdayer520~]
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152 of 184 people found the following review helpful
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It's quite possible that Pearl Jam is more revered in retrospect than for their musical offerings from the last 5-6 years. Their name is legendary. And their initial 2-3 albums are considered classics. But what have they done lately that hasn't sounded tired and stale?

Even though I'd been burned by PJ's albums in the past, I took a chance on this new one, simply titled Pearl Jam.

Wow. Am I glad I did. Pearl Jam has been reborn!

This album sounds fresh, alive and -- dare I say it? -- vital. They retained their trademark garage band sound and Eddie's sometimes mumbly (but powerful) baritone. But there are melodies and hooks on this album that are infectious. And the playing sounds like a Pearl Jam I haven't heard in a long, long time. It's energetic and meaty.

The album kicks off with the guitar-heavy, toe tapping "Life Wasted," which sports typical Pearl Jam chord progressions but with more oomph behind them.

"World Wide Suicide," the next track, features a sound and energy reminiscent of anything off Vs. or their debut CD (1993 and 1991, respectively).

"Comatose" begins with a Tom Petty-like guitar riff and then explodes in Eddie's growling vocal and bashing, punk-like guitars that would make the Sex Pistols proud.

One of my favorite tracks follows "Comatose": "Severed Hand," which begins with swirling, mysterious-sounding backward-played guitar noodlings before turning into another free-for-all garage band extravaganza.

"Parachutes," a Beatle-esque song featuring acoustic guitar, a jaunty beat and tight vocal arrangements, is a nice change of pace after so many balls-out tracks.

"Unemployable," the next track, is a great riff. Very catchy and upbeat. It reminds me of R.E.M.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This one's just not for me
As much as it pains me to say it, this album is a bit of a throwaway for me. I've been a huge fan of Pearl Jam from the very beginning, but when this came out it was the first... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason A. Kentros
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album
Starts off with a 1-2 punch of catchy riff classics Life wasted and Worldwide suicide and many other memorable great songs like Big Wave. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wisertime
5.0 out of 5 stars ICONS DO IT AGAIN
Published 9 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 10 months ago by Karen Traversy
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM FROM PEARL JAM!!!!!!
Oh, yes.....BINAURAL and the uninspired RIOT ACT are not so memorable, but them the legendary PEARL JAM created another AMAZING collection of HEAVY songs.... Read more
Published 12 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best songs in the album
The self titled Pearl Jam album had one of the best songs in it. I cannot relate to anyone who after listening to "Come Back" does not want to buy this album.
Published 14 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Pearl Jam's Best
One of their best alumns to date! I have been a fan since Ten, and I think this albumn is right up there at the top. They need to do more like this!
Published 14 months ago by PO'ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam self titled
Just another great album added to a long list of amazing albums, truly one of the best bands of all time.
Published 17 months ago by fboggs
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM BY PEARL JAM!!!!
Really like this album from the great rockers PEARL JAM!!!!All the songs are great, with gems like WORLD WIDE SUICIDE, COMATOSE, SEVERED HAND and MARKER IN THE SAND!!!! Read more
Published on November 22, 2011 by Rio Fluzão
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam heads back to basics with great album
When Pearl Jam put out this 2006 untitled record, many people(mainly pretentious ones) hailed it as a return to the "old" Pearl Jam. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by J. pascale
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