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Released: 27.03.20

 

 

 

 

 

The Seattle legends’ 11th record and first in seven years is a mix of channelled aggression like the fiery spirited Superblood Wolfmoon and epic acoustic ballads such as closer River Cross. “This fucked up situation calls for all hands on deck,” croons Vedder on Seven O’ Clock, referencing Trump and climate change but eerily apt for other pressing current issues.

For all their talents, there’s often a frustrating feeling that Pearl Jam are capable of better like on promising Stones-esque opener Who Ever Said, but prefer to indulge in the 70s style punk of Take The Long Way and the self-indulgent noise of Quick Escape. There’s a warm familiarity in Pearl Jam that we need right now. But is it what we want?

 

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