Pearl JAM – Backspacer

Album review by JD Alvarez

 

It has been a while since TEN was the talk of the music industry, now it is Monkey Wrench and Backspacer on the minds of Internet blogers. PEARL JAMS latest effort is their ninth studio album. Eddie and the boys rejoin Yield Producer Brendan O’Brien on their inaugural debut for their new vanity label, Monkey Wrench Records.

 

Backspacer is a departure for the alternative music fan who is use to hearing those bone thrashing guitar riffs and harsh EMO-like lyrics. For the Vedderites, it is the long awaited evolution of Pearl Jam.

 

PEARL JAM, and Eddie in particulr have always worn their disdain for politics as usual on their flannel sleeves. Backspacer is a much more positive sound than we are use to hearing. Possibly a result of the last Presidential election, where Eddie and the Vedderites had a wish list for a betterman than in the past to win. Perhaps just a coincidence, but the new album has a look, feel and sound that PEARL JAM is very much ALIVE again.

 

The first release off their album was the fixer. The single was received with mixed reviews, a much lighter and almost pop-like sound that did not last long on the airwaves. However, looming in the shadows of the critics smoking lounge were the rumblings of something wicked this way coming. That is, the next PEARL JAM mega single. This tune will overtake the screams for Yellow Ledbetter and their collaborative effort of Hunger Strike, their Chris Cornel inspired encarnation as TEMPLE OF THE DOG. That being die-hard grunge enthusiast gift and a tribute to MOTHER LOVE BONE. Needless to say, a sound was just around the bend that would have even made Bob Dylan jealous. That is “just breathe.” An almost folksy sounding, soulful, heartfelt and inspired tune that is best described as the Last Kiss of Delilah.

 

It is unlikely that just breathe would have been heralded in the 80’s or 90’s, but fortunately today is a different story. The jury is still out on Backspacer, but the sound and feel of their latest work gives one the impression that a very positive verdict is in the horizon for Monkey Wrench. Suffice to say, just breathe has catapulted PEARL JAM to a new level in the inner sanctum and pantheon of great rock bands. It looks like the end may be the next track to hit the airwaves and receive critical acclaim. The Internet jury seems to think so.

Pearl JAM features Eddie Vedder [Guitar/Vocals], Mike McCready [Guitar], Stone Gossard [Guitar], Jeff Ament [P Bass] and Matt Cameron [Drums/Percussion]. Also contributing to the album were Eddie Horst [String Arrangements], George Webb [Guitar], Neil Hundt [Drums].

ALBUM INFORMATION

Released                      September 20, 2009  

Recorded                    February 16 through April 30, 2009

Recorded at                Henson Recording Studios

                                    Hollywood, California                                                

Genre                          Alternative Rock

Length                         36:38                                                                                                       

Label:                          Monkeywrench                                                        

Producer                      Brendan O’Brien

Artist information       pearljam.com or thismodernworld.com

PEARL JAM BACKSPACER – Track Listing        

  1. gonna see my friend 
  2. got some 
  3. the fixer 
  4. johnny guitar 
  5. just breathe 
  6. amongst the waves 
  7. unthought known 
  8. supersonic 
  9. speed of sound 
  10. force of nature 
  11. the end 

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Album review by JD Alvarez

 

It has been a while since TEN was the talk of the music industry, now it is Monkey Wrench and Backspacer on the minds of Internet blogers. PEARL JAMS latest effort is their ninth studio album. Eddie and the boys rejoin Yield Producer Brendan O’Brien on their inaugural debut for their new vanity label, Monkey Wrench Records.

Backspacer is a departure for the alternative music fan who is use to hearing those bone thrashing guitar riffs and harsh EMO-like lyrics. For the Vedderites, it is the long awaited evolution of Pearl Jam.

PEARL JAM, and Eddie in particulr have always worn their disdain for politics as usual on their flannel sleeves. Backspacer is a much more positive sound than we are use to hearing. Possibly a result of the last Presidential election, where Eddie and the Vedderites had a wish list for a betterman than in the past to win. Perhaps just a coincidence, but the new album has a look, feel and sound that PEARL JAM is very much ALIVE again.

The first release off their album was the fixer. The single was received with mixed reviews, a much lighter and almost pop-like sound that did not last long on the airwaves. However, looming in the shadows of the critics smoking lounge were the rumblings of something wicked this way coming. That is, the next PEARL JAM mega single. This tune will overtake the screams for Yellow Ledbetter and their collaborative effort of Hunger Strike, their Chris Cornel inspired encarnation as TEMPLE OF THE DOG. That being die-hard grunge enthusiast gift and a tribute to MOTHER LOVE BONE. Needless to say, a sound was just around the bend that would have even made Bob Dylan jealous. That is “just breathe.” An almost folksy sounding, soulful, heartfelt and inspired tune that is best described as the Last Kiss of Delilah.

It is unlikely that just breathe would have been heralded in the 80’s or 90’s, but fortunately today is a different story. The jury is still out on Backspacer, but the sound and feel of their latest work gives one the impression that a very positive verdict is in the horizon for Monkey Wrench. Suffice to say, just breathe has catapulted PEARL JAM to a new level in the inner sanctum and pantheon of great rock bands. It looks like the end may be the next track to hit the airwaves and receive critical acclaim. The Internet jury seems to think so.

Pearl JAM features Eddie Vedder [Guitar/Vocals], Mike McCready [Guitar], Stone Gossard [Guitar], Jeff Ament [P Bass] and Matt Cameron [Drums/Percussion]. Also contributing to the album were Eddie Horst [String Arrangements], George Webb [Guitar], Neil Hundt [Drums].

ALBUM INFORMATION

A series of nine line drawings featuring a flaming train, a cross-section of a male human body, a stage magician, a woman diving in a synchronized swimming costume, a brain in a vat, a drummer in outer space, a man standing in front of a robot and UFOs, a man riding a tricycle beneath the legs of giant women, and a woman melting into a sea of purple fluid.

Released                      September 20, 2009  

Recorded                    February 16 through April 30, 2009

Recorded at                Henson Recording Studios

                                    Hollywood, California                                                

Genre                          Alternative Rock

Length                         36:38                                                                                                       

Label:                          Monkeywrench                                                        

Producer                      Brendan O’Brien

Artist information       pearljam.com or thismodernworld.com

PEARL JAMBACKSPACER – Track Listing        

  1. gonna see my friend 
  2. got some 
  3. the fixer 
  4. johnny guitar 
  5. just breathe 
  6. amongst the waves 
  7. unthought known 
  8. supersonic 
  9. speed of sound 
  10. force of nature 
  11. the end 

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