Pearl Jam - Backspacer
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Based on 20 reviews
2009 Ratings: #442 / 857
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Based on 108 ratings
2009 Ratings: #213
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September 22, 2009 / Release Date
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Once upon a time this was a group that was on top of the world and yet still took all kinds of bizarre chances, recording shit like lengthy tape experiments and songs about bugs-- often ridiculously self-indulgent, sure, yet always surprising. Now, paradoxically, with the spotlights long since extinguished, Pearl Jam seem content to do things by the book.
The Rolling Stones of their generation - a touring band now on autopilot whenever they enter the studio.

They write two or three songs that’ll make the live set for the next tour and mission accomplished - let’s pad out the rest and wrap up the album!
Gonna See My Friend - 6/10
Got Some - 8/10
The Fixer - 8/10
Johnny Guitar - 8/10
Just Breathe - 10/10
Amongst the Waves - 9/10
Unthought Known - 7/10
Supersonic - 7/10
Speed of Sound - 6/10
Force of Nature - 7/10
The End - 9/10

Overall Rating: 85 out of 110 = 77%
Their earlier albums sounded significantly claustrophobic and calculated, but the melodies, riffs and vocals were too good for me to care. Here, there are two songs (Just Breathe,The Fixer) which, even while sounding by-the-numbers, have interesting verses and choruses. The rest songs are both unbelievably calculated and boring.
Out of nowhere, Pearl Jam came out with a subtle taste new wave on Backspacer. It feels so weird seeing a band sound so happy and excited, but it's energetic and refreshing. Above all else it's a band well seasoned just having some fun. Sometimes that's what it's all about.

Favorite tracks: The Fixer, Got Some, Amongst the Waves
Stand-Out Track:
- Just Breathe
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Track List

  1. Gonna See My Friend 
  2. Got Some
  3. The Fixer 
  4. Johnny Guitar
  5. Just Breathe 
  6. Amongst the Waves
  7. Unthought Known
  8. Supersonic
  9. Speed of Sound
  10. Force of Nature 
  11. The End

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