12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the last 20 years, a Pearl Jam studio album has come to signal more of something else—more tour dates, more bootlegs, more live films and live albums, more reason for them to come together onstage, that place that’s come to define them most this millennium. But Gigaton—the Seattle rock outfit’s first LP since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, and a clear response to our current political moment—feels different: Self-recorded and self-produced in tandem with longtime band associate Josh Evans, their 11th full-length merges the sheer power and unpredictability of their live experience with an experimental streak they haven’t embraced so fully since the late ’90s.

For every midtempo guitar workout (“Quick Escape” is especially heavy), there’s a sliver of Talking Heads-like post-punk (“Dance of the Clairvoyants,” in which bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard swap instruments). Where there’s a weathered acoustic ballad (“Comes Then Goes” finds Eddie Vedder at his Who-iest), there’s also a psychedelic lullaby (“Buckle Up,” whose lyrics and kazoo-like backup vocals come via Gossard). It’s an album whose anthemic moments (see: the six-minute epic “Seven O’Clock,” whose cloud-parting coda bears echoes of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”) are matched—if not enriched—by its subtleties, namely a welcome attention to texture and arrangement. And with every band member represented in various phases of the songwriting process, it’s arguably their most collaborative studio effort to date, as clear a document of the chemistry they’ve developed over three decades as anything they’ve recorded live. “In the end, when we listened to it, it's like we really achieved something,” Gossard tells Apple Music. “It’s really us.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Over the last 20 years, a Pearl Jam studio album has come to signal more of something else—more tour dates, more bootlegs, more live films and live albums, more reason for them to come together onstage, that place that’s come to define them most this millennium. But Gigaton—the Seattle rock outfit’s first LP since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, and a clear response to our current political moment—feels different: Self-recorded and self-produced in tandem with longtime band associate Josh Evans, their 11th full-length merges the sheer power and unpredictability of their live experience with an experimental streak they haven’t embraced so fully since the late ’90s.

For every midtempo guitar workout (“Quick Escape” is especially heavy), there’s a sliver of Talking Heads-like post-punk (“Dance of the Clairvoyants,” in which bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard swap instruments). Where there’s a weathered acoustic ballad (“Comes Then Goes” finds Eddie Vedder at his Who-iest), there’s also a psychedelic lullaby (“Buckle Up,” whose lyrics and kazoo-like backup vocals come via Gossard). It’s an album whose anthemic moments (see: the six-minute epic “Seven O’Clock,” whose cloud-parting coda bears echoes of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”) are matched—if not enriched—by its subtleties, namely a welcome attention to texture and arrangement. And with every band member represented in various phases of the songwriting process, it’s arguably their most collaborative studio effort to date, as clear a document of the chemistry they’ve developed over three decades as anything they’ve recorded live. “In the end, when we listened to it, it's like we really achieved something,” Gossard tells Apple Music. “It’s really us.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
529 Ratings

529 Ratings

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...And you may ask yourself, is this Peal Jam?...

Coach Lonster XVIII ,

Actually a Great Song

Ok, I’ll admit it - the song is growing on me. Gotta respect a band that isn’t afraid to take a risk and piss off their fan base. If you prefer bands that don’t evolve, you might want to stick with AC/DC. But with that being said, I hope the rest of the album rocks.

GEB81 ,

Wow

Blown away! Sounds like PJ covering Talking Heads. So different but very cool. Not sure I want a whole album of it but talk about growing as a band! I bought it immediately and can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

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