Gigaton

Pearl Jam - Gigaton
Critic Score
Based on 32 reviews
2020 Ratings: #224 / 618
User Score
Based on 296 ratings
2020 Ratings: #960
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March 27, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Monkeywrench, Republic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Kerrang!

It’s their most musically inventive since 1998. And, by virtue of its themes, it is their most gravely needed of their entire career. It is, in short, a triumph.

90
Gigwise

Although they have evolved throughout the years, Pearl Jam have delivered an album worthy of the titanic comeback they deserve whilst staying true to the original sound that makes them a perpetual classic.

83
Consequence of Sound

So much care goes into Gigaton, building nuance, establishing ethos, and creating a unifying vibe.

83
Entertainment Weekly

It's a sturdy rock album from five guys who know what they're doing, took time till they had something to say, are interpolating new influences, and sound stoked to be back together in a room.

80
Rolling Stone

The band’s first album in seven years is an admirable, inspiring example of grown-up grunge.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Gigaton, the admirable eleventh album and first in six and a half years, is the sharpest left turn in the band’s history.

80
FLOOD Magazine

More than anything, Gigaton, which was recorded in Seattle and Montana, feels heavily influenced by the natural world, like a dispatch from a wide-open space.

80
The Guardian

Almost 30 years into a career you would once have put money on ending within five, Gigaton suggests Pearl Jam might still be around long after Trump is a distant memory.

80
AllMusic

The aural adventure adds a nice counterpoint to protests and pleas offered up by Pearl Jam, and helps Gigaton feel vivid, alive, and just a shade hopeful.

80
musicOMH

This is just simple, honest-to-goodness, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll, and the world is better for it being out there.

80
Under The Radar

The famed grunge band from Seattle doesn’t shy away from a social or political controversy ... And the group continues those mighty efforts on Gigaton.

80
The Telegraph
It’s a big, angry, pile-driving, end-times heavy rock workout with frontman Eddie Vedder alternately spewing fury and despair at the state of the world.
80
The Young Folks

Working with relatively new sounds, the band, being the masters that they are, executed it flawlessly on the sonic side.

75
A.V. Club

This is the sound of a band working hard to evolve, and if the strain of incorporating such a large swath of musical experimentation occasionally shows, well, maybe that’s the cost of attempting new tricks at an advanced age.

70
Exclaim!

Too long in the rock hinterlands, the band finally seem reacquainted with their creative powers.

70
American Songwriter

Seven years hasn’t mooted their unabated insurgence, and neither has it mitigated their drive and delivery.

70
Spectrum Culture

The Pearl Jam of 2020 remains, happily, tied to that of 1990, but not for a lack of creativity. The group’s core attitude persists, allowing the musicians to stay rooted while searching for new sounds for their maturing perspective.

60
Slant Magazine

Reliability may be what’s made Pearl Jam such a powerful mainstay, but the more they move outside their comfort zone, and away from their longstanding identity (or lack thereof), the worthier they become of their apparent permanence.

60
NME

Eddie Vedder and co.'s 11th album won't change your life, but should boast enough vitriol to satisfy long-term fans.

60
The Arts Desk

Where Pearl Jam once seemed defined by depression, the emphasis now is on spiritual strategies to embrace optimism.

ElectricMess
68
Eddie Vedder is the last frontman standing

He must be protected at all costs
Plats
41
My gosh, why is this 57 minutes? It felt like an eternity because... this album is really, REALLY fucking DULLLLL! The otherwise pretty production is quickly demolished by "I got bloooooodd, blood on my haaaands". These lyrics are so uninteresting that I heavily sighed and eye-rolled almost every time Eddie spoke, even if his vocal performances aren't half bad. The entire aesthetic of “Gigaton” is so derivative and so dated that the whole thing is a chore to listen ... read more
CLJesse
42
Did *anything* good come out this week?

Wait, yes, Nicholas Jaar dropped.
HoodieBraden
50
Pearl Jam is back and they have never sounded so uninspired and derivative! Seriously, there are very few points of interest here.
21stcenturyschi
39
Out of the big four 90s grunge bands, Pearl Jam was always my least favorite by a mile. I would have probably skipped this album, but I was intrigued by the terrible lead single, "Dance of the Clarivoyants", which took on a new wave direction, and was basically an awful Talking Heads impression. Thankfully, this ended up being the worst song on Gigaton, but it's not like the rest of the album makes up for it. When they aren't butchering the styles of other bands, they are sounding ... read more
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Track List

  1. Who Ever Said
  2. Superblood Wolfmoon
  3. Dance Of The Clairvoyants
  4. Quick Escape
  5. Alright
  6. Seven O'Clock
  7. Never Destination
  8. Take The Long Way
  9. Buckle Up
  10. Comes Then Goes
  11. Retrograde
  12. River Cross
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Added on: January 13, 2020