Hello people of the internet, Jordan again with another article. This week my album to review was “Yield” from Pearl Jam. Lets’ get started.
In all honesty, I wasn’t a fan of Pearl Jam until these last couple of years. It was a band I’ve heard the name of over and over throughout my life but I never really explored. Upon the release of Smith & Meyers’ Acoustic Album that included their rendition of Pearl Jam’s “Black,” that was the moment I looked into Pearl Jam.
I only got as far as listening to their “Ten” album which included tracks like Black and Jeremy (my personal favorites). I became a HUGE fan of Eddie Vedder’s one of a kind voice. I was very excited when I was informed that I would be reviewing a Pearl Jam album.
Within the first few seconds after clicking the first track titled “Brain of J,” I knew I was in for a ride. Vedder’s electric vocals along with the heavy drum beats made this song a delight to my ears. Not to mention the pretty rad guitar solo. Following Brain of J came an odd change in tempo with Faithful. When artists and band can change the tempo and feel of songs drastically and still make them sound phenomenal in transition is one of my favorite parts about music. I was already satisfied with this album within the first few minutes of listening.
Given to Fly stood out to me dearly, this was my first pick for this week’s Weekly Waves. The constant buildup the song created to get to the oh-so rewarding and dramatic climax was heaven to my eardrums. Not a lot of things are more satisfying than a long build-up with an actually good peak. I listened to this track a good 5 or 6 times in a row after the first listen, I almost didn’t want to continue with the rest of the album.
My second pick for this week’s Weekly Waves was Low Light. The acoustic guitar immediately caught my attention. I’m a huge fan of acoustic so it was destined that I would enjoy this track. Vedder’s calm and soft vocals is the cherry on top of it all. The combination of the vocals, drums, piano, and guitar found its way into my heart pretty quickly.
Overall, I think this is a very solid album. Like I said before, I’m a huge fan of Eddie Vedder’s voice and I could listen to it over pretty much anything, so it’s hard for me to not enjoy a Pearl Jam track. I’d give this album an overall 9 out of 10. I’ll definitely look into more of Pearl Jam’s music and other similar bands as well.
That’s all for today folks, be sure to check out this weeks Weekly Waves consisting of all the MAC crew’s picks from their albums to review on Spotify and Apple Music!