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Riot Act

Pearl JamAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • Unknown edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00006M183
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's strange to think Pearl Jam was once herded under the grunge umbrella alongside pathos-spewing acts like Nirvana and Alice in Chains. The Seattle group's eighth album (give or take the 72 bootleg-style double CDs they released in 2001) has more in common with classic rock institutions like Crazy Horse and the Band than the snarling forces that were trying to tear away at their legacies. Appropriately, Riot Act is built on thematic pillars--love, death, politics--and fueled by dense, uncompromising power chords. It takes yet another step away from the courteous tones of the band's cornerstone LPs, Ten and Vs, and proudly flaunts egotism ("I know I was born and I know that I'll die/ The in-between is mine," Eddie Vedder sings on "I Am Mine") and a dark underbelly ("Green Disease"). But it's far from insufferable: If any band can make self-obsession sound hospitable, it's Pearl Jam. And when Vedder sneaks in the line "All you need is love" on the rollicking "Love Boat Captain," he proves that despite his furrowed-brow demeanor, he's a born entertainer. --Aidin Vaziri

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296 of 320 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best? November 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sigh.

Every post grunge-era Pearl Jam album resurfaces these kind of talks. Why isn't X better than Y? Why couldn't they have done X like Y? Why isn't Ed/Mike/Stone/Jeff/Current Drummer better than they were on Y?

Honestly, I'm surprised people want to talk in circles about something like this.

I can remember when Vitalogy came out, listening the hell out of it, while many of my friends/contemporaries/whatever said that it stuck. "What's with all the punk stuff? Why did they put crap on there like "Bugs" and "Foxymop"? It ruined the album." At the time I can remember thinking that these once flannel-clad individuals, who just a few years prior had gobbled up any shred of music made available by the band, were now turning a deaf ear because there is a two minute musical/vocal track where Eddie repeats P-R-I-V-A-C-Y, and a couple great little experimental tracks (one of which, was placed conveniently at the end of the album for easy skip-over). This astounded me, because nearly all my friends hated Vitalogy, and I thought it was their strongest work to date. If you went in and cut out all of the experimental stuff, you still have one of the best 45 minutes or so of rock produced in the '90s. But no matter. This was the beginning.

No Code followed up a few years later. Barely a blip on the pop culture radar. "Who You Are" came and went as a first single, and nobody was left around for the following two radio releases "Hail Hail" and "Off He Goes," which rank (to me) as two of their best. No matter, thought I, their my band now. "Not For You" indeed.

Yield came and went, no biggie. No videos, no promotion. Maybe the best rock album to come out in the late '90s, totally ignored, except for some hardcore PJ fans & some great reviews.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that got me back into Pearl Jam April 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you're anything like me, you were one of those "cool kids" who heard of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Nirvana before anyone else that you knew, and exposed all your friends to this new wave of Seattle music primarily based around Sub-Pop Records in the early 90's. Then, once Pearl Jam got popular, they changed up their style a bit and got way too popular for such anti-mainstream grunge fans of the early alternative music era. It happened to me, and now I'm regretting being so damned pretentious.
Pearl Jam is proving that you can grow up, and your music can grow up with you. As a huge fan of "Ten", I moderately liked "Vs.", but after they got such a huge following, my angsty teenage grunge fan self didn't even give "Vitalogy" a chance, let alone any of their other subsequent albums. Then after hearing 'I Am Mine' on the radio a few months ago, I decided to give "Riot Act" a chance, and I was blown away by how much my musical tastes have changed, and how much I've grown over the past decade. Pearl Jam has embraced adulthood, the band members themselves now being a group of thirtysomethings, and it's once-teenage core fanbase now being a group of twentysomethings. Their current style reflects that change so much that it's amazing.
I had the good fortune to see them live last night. I was not disappointed. And now after hearing many songs I didn't know before, along with liking my copy of "Riot Act", I'm going back to find out what I missed after all these years. Give this album a chance, not with the mentality of "This is the band that wrote Evenflow and Jeremy", but with the mentality of "This is a more mature, introspective Pearl Jam, and they can change just like I do". You'll enjoy the album a lot more that way.
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62 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proves why they're the best thing going in Rock & Roll November 20, 2002
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While "Riot Act" isn't the best album they've put out, Pearl Jam has undeniably risen above the mindless swill dominating radio today. In between the bubble gum pop, the borderline psychotic rap-rock and the over the top wailing that passes for rock, it is refreshing to listen to an album that actually has some thought put into it. Pearl Jam really stretches its legs musically on this album, and while not always successful, this is still a complex, varied album that is fascinating to listen to.
It kicks off with "Can't Keep" a brooding, rumbling number with some really interesting vocals. Like many of Pearl Jam's songs, it is open to interpretation, but on the surface at least, it seems to touch on their recurring theme of living for the day and within the moment.
Next is "Save You", a scorching number about trying to save someone from himself. There is a strong overtone of overcoming addiction, although drugs are never specifically mentioned; it may be significant that Mike is pictured opposite the lyrics in the liner notes, as he has had his own battles with addiction.
Third is "Love Boat Captain" which is perhaps the most personal song the band has ever produced. Dealing explicitly with the nine fans that died at the Roskilde festival during the summer of 2000, Ed does some of his best writing in this song. He deftly juxtaposes the wisdom of the old with the despondence of the young, and finds love as the vehicle to find your way through. A genuinely beautiful song, with unusual arrangements and a great message.
"Cropduster", is a rather grim song and definitely not one of my favorites. Ed sings about the chance nature of life on Earth, which even if you agree with him, doesn't offer any redeeming message; which is odd for him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!
Brand New, excellent!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 18 days ago by Rodrigo G Donaire
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I prefer to avoid Apple software on my PC as often as possible. With this in mind, I prize alternatives to the Apple Music store.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair
I was not so impressed with this album, I had higher hopes, there was a lot of redundancy and it sounds like their heart was not in this one..
Published 4 months ago by J.D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Least favorite of their catalog, still halfway decent.
Huge Pearl Jam fan old and new and this album is my least favorite of any of them, that said I still like it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Adam Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars It's PJ
I love Pearl Jam. This one took some warming up to as I initially wasn't thrilled I remember, but giving it a new listen, it's pretty darn good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wisertime
5.0 out of 5 stars PEARL JAM DO IT AGAIN
RIOT ACT IS THE FOLLOW UP TO BINAURAL AND PEARL JAM STILL REMAIN ONE BAND THAT CAN MAKE EVERY ALBUM JUST AS GOOD AS THEIR PREVIOUS AND DO NOT CHANGE DRAMATICALLY. 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 great album from PJ
Riot Act is yet another great album from PJ.This album is one of their best after vitalogy and features terrific songs like I am mine,love boat captain and thumbing my way. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rohit R
3.0 out of 5 stars SOME OK SONGS, but.......
RIOT ACT got some GREAT songs like YOU ARE, I AM MINE and GHOST....but in my opinion it's the less inspired album from PEARL JAM.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by FLUMINENSE
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