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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pearl Jam made peace with their hard rock past on their eponymous eighth album, but its 2009 sequel, Backspacer, is where the group really gets back to basics, bringing in old cohort Brendan O'Brien to produce for the first time since 1998's Yield. To a certain extent, the band has reached the point in its career where every move, every cranked amp, every short tough song is heralded as a return to form -- call it the Stones syndrome -- and so it is with Backspacer, whose meaty riffs have no less vigor than those of Pearl Jam; they're just channeled into a brighter, cheerier package. Despite this lighter spirit, Pearl Jam remain the antithesis of lighthearted ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Pearl Jam made peace with their hard rock past on their eponymous eighth album, but its 2009 sequel, Backspacer, is where the group really gets back to basics, bringing in old cohort Brendan O'Brien to produce for the first time since 1998's Yield. To a certain extent, the band has reached the point in its career where every move, every cranked amp, every short tough song is heralded as a return to form -- call it the Stones syndrome -- and so it is with Backspacer, whose meaty riffs have no less vigor than those of Pearl Jam; they're just channeled into a brighter, cheerier package. Despite this lighter spirit, Pearl Jam remain the antithesis of lighthearted good-time rock & roll -- they're convinced rock & roll is a calling, not a diversion -- but there's a tonal shift from the clenched anger that's marked their music of the new millennium, a transition from the global toward the personal. Ironically, by looking within the music opens up, as the group isn't fighting against the dying light but embracing how this most classicist of alt-rock bands is an anachronism in 2009. Of course, Pearl Jam were an anachronism even back in 1992, worshiping the Who instead of the Stooges, but this odd out-of-phase devotion to the ideals of post-hippie, pre-punk rock is better suited to bandmembers in their forties than in their twenties; fashion has passed them by several times over, leaving Pearl Jam just to be who they are, comfortable in their weathering skin. Pearl Jam battled their success for so long, intent on whittling their audience down to the devout, that it often felt like a chore to keep pace with the band because no matter the merit of the records, they always felt like heavy lifting, but that's no longer the case: here, as on the self-titled 2006 album, it sounds as if they enjoy being in a band, intoxicated by the noise they make. This means, all things considered, Backspacer is a party record for Pearl Jam -- a party that might consist of nothing but philosophical debates till the wee hours, but a party nonetheless -- and if 18 years is a long, long wait for a band to finally throw a party, it's also true that, prior to Backspacer, Pearl Jam wouldn't or couldn't have made music this unfettered, unapologetically assured, casual, and, yes, fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602527163161
  • Catalog Number: 2746316
  • Sales rank: 12,070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gonna See My Friend (2:48)
  2. 2 Got Some (3:02)
  3. 3 The Fixer (2:57)
  4. 4 Johnny Guitar (2:50)
  5. 5 Just Breathe (3:35)
  6. 6 Amongst the Waves (3:58)
  7. 7 Unthought Known (4:08)
  8. 8 Supersonic (2:40)
  9. 9 Speed of Sound (3:34)
  10. 10 Force of Nature (4:04)
  11. 11 The End (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Jam Primary Artist
Jeff Ament Bass
Matt Cameron Percussion, Drums
Stone Gossard Guitar
Mike McCready Guitar
Eddie Vedder Guitar, Vocals
George Webb Guitar
Cathy Lynn Viola
Christopher Pulgram Violin
Neil Hundt Drums
Brice C. Andrus Horn
Technical Credits
Jeff Ament Composer
Matt Cameron Composer
Nick DiDia Engineer
Stone Gossard Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Mike McCready Composer
Brendan O'Brien Producer
Eddie Vedder Composer
Billy Bowers Engineer
Jerome Turner Concept
Eddie Horst String Arrangements
Tom Tapley Engineer
Tommy Tomorrow Artwork, Concept
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