Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #733 / 955
User Score
Based on 92 ratings
2013 Ratings: #373
October 15, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

The album still feels fresher and more relevant than the world at large might expect at this point—this classic-rock band still has at least a few classics left in it.

80
AllMusic

On Lightning Bolt, they've grown into that classic rock mantle, accentuating the big riffs and bigger emotions, crafting songs without a worry as to whether they're hip or not and, most importantly, enjoying the deep-rooted, nervy arena rock that is uniquely their own.

80
PopMatters

Years on, Lightning Bolt is sure to rank among one of the high points of the group’s discography, standing as an example of their ability to burrow down and hone all of their strengths to a fever pitch.

65
The Line of Best Fit

There’s no inherently bad songwriting here, but most of it isn’t particularly interesting, either. 

60
Consequence of Sound

If you’re gonna continue making music, at some point you gotta look at what it is and sever the ties a little from history. If I try not to weigh it against the classics, on its own merit, it’s a solid three stars.

60
Drowned in Sound

Lightning Bolt’s 12 tracks are far less an agonising ordeal than they are just muted, a protracted sapping of energy from opening roar to final weary sigh.

60
Spin

It's far from an implosion, far from spectacular.

50
Pitchfork

Pearl Jam on record have essentially been reduced to the rock ‘n’ roll version of wearing sweatpants: they’ve given up trying to impress anyone, so they may as well be comfortable.

40
NME

Worst of all, it’s dull – which, against all the odds, makes us look back at Vedder’s 2011 solo album ‘Ukulele Songs’ – tracks played on the tiny Hawaiian instrument – with fond memories. 

MinatoArisato
35
Dull and boring. Yes it's rock but it feels like Pearl Jam brought down to their most basic and generic.

Best Track: Infallible
Worst Track: My Father's Son
gas_souza
72
Getaway - 75
Mind Your Manners - 75
My Father’s Son - 65
Sirens - 80
Lightning Bolt - 70
Infallible - 65
Pendulum - 70
Swallowed Whole - 70
Let the Records Play - 70
Sleeping By Myself - 75
Yellow Moon - 80
Future Days - 75

Destaques: Yellow Moon e Sirens
VinylHound83
88
Getaway - 10/10
Mind Your Manners - 9/10
My Father’s Son - 10/10
Sirens - 10/10
Lightning Bolt - 10/10
Infallible - 9/10
Pendulum - 8/10
Swallowed Whole - 7/10
Let the Records Play - 7/10
Sleeping By Myself - 9/10
Yellow Moon - 8/10
Future Days - 9/10

Overall Rating: 106 out of 120 = 88%

Overall Opinion: Much better than Backspacer and all around an enjoyable listen.
NR
If you want to rage with some great rock music, pick one of their 3 first albums, and even 1998's Yield seems like a good choice. This one and all of their stuff since 2002 are guaranteed to be one of the most efficient ways to fight sleeplessness.
twwalter
58
Eddie Vedder sounds like he needs a break. This album made me exhausted just listening to it.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#7/CraveOnline
#40/Rolling Stone
#44/Q Magazine
#71/Amazon

Track List

  1. Getaway
  2. Mind Your Manners
  3. My Father’s Son
  4. Sirens
  5. Lightning Bolt
  6. Infallible
  7. Pendulum
  8. Swallowed Whole
  9. Let the Records Play
  10. Sleeping By Myself
  11. Yellow Moon
  12. Future Days
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