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Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on October 15, 2013 in the US. Produced by Brendan O'Brien, Lightning Bolt marks Pearl Jam's first studio album since the highly acclaimed Backspacer, which was released nearly four years ago in September of 2009.
Hard case book style package
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.96 x 5.59 x 0.55 inches; 4.09 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Monkeywrench / Republic Records
- Item model number : 27724638
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : July 12, 2013
- Label : Monkeywrench / Republic Records
- ASIN : B00DW1WR14
- Number of discs : 1
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'Lightning Bolt' is a strong effort. Whether it's 'one of their strongest' is music-critic type of discussion that always strikes me as a bit silly. Different albums relate to different times and places a group finds itself.
The title track has an excellent guitar groove, the drums build up, Eddie's vocal is right in the pocket, the lyrics are tight, the whole band smashes into the chorus with modal chord changes (not bluesy, not classic rock, metal, just...Pearl Jam) ....what's not to like. 'Sirens' is a simply beautiful song, 'Swallowed Hole' suggests why there should be more 12-string electric in music these days, 'Sleeping by Myself' reminds me of a track from Eddie's solo ukelele album though this one is acoustic guitar, and 'Future Days' is a song that only adults could write, with Beatles-like harmonies and a nice violin tracking the main riff. That Pearl Jam uses a violin when it complements the song signals their musicianship. It sounds totally right in the song.
Nicely done. Congrats on more than 20 years of solid music.
Getaway starts out fairly low key, but eventually takes off and is a great opener for the album.
Mind Your Manners is a very punk influenced rocker that gets you moving, and the bridge is fantastic.
My Father's Son is an emotional rocker about a the son of a criminal struggling not to follow in his dad's footsteps.
Sirens is possibly my favorite song on the album. It's a classic PJ ballad that holds up with my favorites like Black and Elderly Woman....
Lightening Bolt is another up tempo song. Has a really nice contrast of calmer verses building into a rocking chorus.
Infallible is a mid-tempo piece with a really odd feeling verse.
Pendulum is another softer ballad, not bad, but less effective than Sirens, at least for me.
Swallowed Whole starts off with acoustic guitar a Vedder's yearning vocals before building into a solid mid-tempo rocker with a really cool breakdown in the bridge followed by a tasty guitar solo.
Let the Records Play is a rocker with a bit of a punk influence. Verses are driven along by bass and drums before giving way to a soaring bridge.
Sleeping by Myself is an emotional folk inspired tune where Vedder's vocals really shine
Yellow Moon is a brooding, emotional piece, and is another highlight of the album for me.
Future Days is beautiful Piano/Acoustic Guitar & Vocal driven song that draws the album to a fitting close.
All in all, a very good album that fits nicely in the Pearl Jam discogrophy.
Whether this is fair or not I miss the forst two drummers. Jack Irons was just a beast and is by far my fav PJ drummer. Ever since Matt Cameron become drummer the releases have lacked a certain umph and it is frustrating. Look, Matt is a great drummer but he is more straight-forward rock IMHO. Something with how he jives with the band isn't the same as the one's prior.
The first drummer left for personal differences in the band, Jack Irons hated touring and the long shows PJ does. They get along great with Matt so good for them. I still love them but miss the old days when every song seemed to be epic. These days you get 2-3 great songs, 3-4 good ones, and the rest are OK.
With all that said, this is as good as Backspacer and that was their best since Yield. I would give this one the nod as Backspace was a short release at just 36 minutes.
I personally feel their are a lot of bands that could deliver the birthed-from-grunge, hard rock that Pearl Jam is known for. Bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. HOWEVER, I always thought what set Pearl Jam apart was that they not only could dial it up, but could dial it down better than anyone. Led my Eddies unique voice and poetic lyrics, they could deliver low-tempo, emotionally dense, musically rich classics. SIRENS is in that fold.
This is a record that gets better with each listen. And it is also a group of songs that they absolutely KILL during the live show. They are still the MUST SEE rock show.
Make note that the CD that I purchased is like a little hardback book. It has illustrations and the lyrics to each song written inside. I love it when my CD has all the perks of an actual record. Of course, I know vinyl is better quality, but the perks of lyrics and other things was always something I looked forward to when I purchased a record album in my growing up years.
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Well grunge has been dead for a while now but the musical juggernaut that is Pearl Jam most definitely is not.
"Lightning Bolt" is their tenth studio album, a straight up no frills alternative rock record, heavier than predecessor "Backspacer" but not hard rock as the "avocado" album from 2006.
Lead single "Mind Your Manners" is a throwback to old style Pearl Jam, quirky in delivery but not single potential in my view.
Second single "Sirens" though is a sublime song however, quite simply one of the best they've ever recorded.
Such a poignant melody with meaningful lyrics.
Other album highlights include the haunting "Pendulum" and "Swallowed Whole" as well as the calm ballad "Yellow Moon."
Fans of Pearl Jam's back catalogue will be familiar with the sound here, it's a song done many times before.
22 years is a long time for any band to be on top of their game, but Pearl Jam prove there's live in an old dog yet.
They are still as relevant and fresh as they ever were back in 1991.
"Lightning Bolt" is a superb alternative rock record and comes highly recommended.