Pin It
Favourite

Pearl Jam 

Backspacer (Universal)

Pearl Jam has built a fanatically loyal following on the backs of legendary live shows and great public relations, but the past three records haven't sustained the quality of its first decade. Things are better here: "The Fixer" marries The Cars and Tom Petty to excellent effect, while "Just Breathe" is a gorgeous little number that might have fallen off Eddie Vedder's soundtrack for Into the Wild. And all "Supersonic" needs is a summer day and a convertible. The rest of it is recognizably good, though the band still doesn't quite match the dynamic, epic thrill of its best work.

Pin It
Favourite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Carsten Knox

Survey Asks

What's on Stephen McNeil's summer reading list?

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed
  • Public Relations for Dummies
  • Trump: The Art of the Deal
  • Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
  • Fun with Fidget Spinners: 50 Super Cool Tricks and Activities

View Results

The Scene

More »

In Print This Week

Vol 25, No 4
June 22, 2017

Cover Gallery »


Real Time Web Analytics

© 2017 Coast Publishing Ltd.