Holy mother, people, we have a new Pearl Jam album. Craziness. Craziness! How are you finding it? I have a hard time with the first few listens: it sounds so familiar and so strange at once. I listened several times when it was streaming from Itunes, and then miraculously my 10C order got delivered last Thursday, so I feel like I have enough listens under my belt to have an opinion: I’ve listened just sitting there, listened walking around with headphones, listened running, listened cleaning…I haven’t listened in the car yet (being blessed with minimal driving in my life) but that’s another key test.
So far? So good. I don’t love all of it (I’m still iffy on “Sirens” and “Swallowed Whole” doesn’t really do anything for me), but I really like a lot of it. “Getaway”, “Pendulum”, and “Let the Records Play” are the three standouts for me (and MYM, but that song’s awesome is old news now, right?). “Pendulum” in particular is an absolute top tier song for me. I’m still figuring out “My Father’s Son”, but I get that line can I get a reprieve? stuck in my head more than anything else on the album. I waffle on “Infallible”: the way it starts, I think I’m going to like it more than I end up liking it. It’s not as adventurous as I was hoping it would be, but I might still turn a corner. “Lightning Bolt” sort of kills me; I had the same opinion when they played it at Wrigley. It starts off SO WELL: a classic, building, gorgeous Pearl Jam anthem. Almost GTFish. And then, you gotta know you’ll never let her go… I dunno – the chorus really kills the mood for me. But I like the rest of it so much, I’m hoping it’ll work for me over time. I dig this version of “Sleeping By Myself”; it doesn’t necessarily make me super excited, but it’s fun and it’s sweet. “Yellow Moon” is gorgeous, and I like “Future Days” a lot more than I did at Wrigley: yeah, it’s uber-cheesey, but it’s also pretty ridiculously beautiful.
All in all? I think this is a way more interesting album than the last two. I pretty much never listen to Backspacer these days, and, other than Backspacer, I think Avocado is the weakest in their whole catalog. So I’m REALLY excited about this one. They took some risks, everyone sounds great, and there are several songs on here that totally speak to me.
Anyway! Lucky bastards on the East coast have already gotten most of these new songs live, so I thought I’d put together a little collection of the best videos of the best songs! Except, of course, there’s no “Getaway” yet. Maybe tonight. And if you’ve got an upgrade for me, send it my way (@watchitgotofire or comment below!).
Pendulum (holy god, as an opener? Chills, especially @3:36, this is so badass and unexpected, I love it) + Lowlight, Buffalo 2013. This is a GREAT video. Is Mike playing his guitar with a BOW?
Let the Records Play, Pittsburgh 2013. Nice steady shot of the whole band, with good sound. (This song is so ridiculously fun, I can’t WAIT to see it live, hopefully my crowd with be bopping more than this one!)
Yellow Moon, Buffalolo 2013. Great shot – mostly Ed & Stone, but super (!) close and steady. And nice Mike shots too.
Infallible, Pittsburgh 2013. REALLY sweet B&W video shot from the side with good sound. Nice shots of the whole band grooving together. I love watching them!
My Father’s Son, Buffalololo 2013. And now it’s stuck in my head, even though Ed fucked up the lyrics.