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Binaural
     

Binaural

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by Pearl Jam
 

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It’s convenient to think of the emotionally turbulent BINAURAL as Pearl Jam's reaction to the neo-metal mongoloids and prefabricated teen fluff that dominate the airwaves. And it’s sort of romantic to picture Pearl Jam as the saviors of vapid millennial pop culture. But in reality, BINAURAL affirms that Pearl Jam, like an alternative

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It’s convenient to think of the emotionally turbulent BINAURAL as Pearl Jam's reaction to the neo-metal mongoloids and prefabricated teen fluff that dominate the airwaves. And it’s sort of romantic to picture Pearl Jam as the saviors of vapid millennial pop culture. But in reality, BINAURAL affirms that Pearl Jam, like an alternative Metallica, simply ignore the pulse and pleas of the mainstream, focusing only on their own creative urges. They may never again attain the type of popularity they enjoyed with TEN and VS., but that's just fine with Vedder and co. With BINAURAL, Pearl Jam have accomplished something even more important -- personal integrity, which is especially satisfying considering that critics dubbed the band a prefab grunge cash-in from the start. Lyrically, BINAURAL remains angst-laden, addressing the destructive and redemptive powers of love on "Breakerfall" and chastising ignorance and insensitivity on "Insignificance." Musically, the album is also abrasive, filtering the gritty realism of bands such as the MC5 and Hüsker Dü through the more palatable classic rock framework of the Who, Neil Young, and Led Zeppelin. But as agitated as the album is, it's not all bombastic, balancing such demolition-fests as "Evacuation" and "God's Dice" with the more melancholy fare of "Light Years" and "Thin Air." In an environment filled with trend followers and media whores, Pearl Jam continue to defend the alternative faith with majestic dignity.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If anything, Pearl Jam was even more in the wilderness -- at least as far as the mainstream was concerned -- at the beginning of 2000 than they were in the second half of the '90s. Even with "Last Kiss," their first big hit single since Ten, under their belts, they were an anomaly on the pop and rock scenes. They were the only one of their old grunge colleagues still standing intact, and they were genuinely alone. No peers, and too sincere to even consider fitting into a pop scene dominated by 'N Sync on one side and Limp Bizkit on the other. Not surprisingly, they chose to persevere, ignoring trends, completely in favor of being a classicist rock band. This should come as no surprise, since that's what they've done since No Code and, perhaps, Vitalogy, but the real surprise about their sixth studio album Binaural is that it finds the group roaring back to life without dramatically changing the direction they followed on No Code and Yield. Maybe the addition of a new drummer, former Soundgarden member Matt Cameron, has kicked the band to life, but that unfairly dismisses Jack Irons' worthy contributions. Instead, the difference is focus -- though Pearl Jam is trying a lot of different styles, certainly more so than on Yield, they pull it all off better. The songs are sharper, the production is layered, and the performances are as compassionate as ever, resulting in their finest album since Vitalogy.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972674827
catalogNumber:
726748
Rank:
26942

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pearl Jam   Primary Artist
Jeff Ament   Bass
Matt Cameron   Drums
Mitchell Froom   Harmonium,Keyboards
Stone Gossard   Guitar
Mike McCready   Guitar
Wendy Melvoin   Percussion
Pete Thomas   Percussion
Eddie Vedder   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Pearl Jam   Producer
Jeff Ament   Composer
Tchad Blake   Producer
Matt Cameron   Composer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Matt Bayles   Engineer
Jerome Turner   Concept
Ashley Stubbert   Engineer
Adam Samuels   Engineer

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Binaural 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Back in 1991 grunge rock changed my life. Pearl Jams is my all-time favorite groups. If it wasn't for PJ I would have never discovered Tivas, my favorite brand of sandals. I'm looking forward to wearing them to the shows this summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love pearl jam's other albums and you do not yet own binaural- you're missing out!After 5 albums pearl jam is still producing excellent work. Listen to ''Of the girl'' and ''thin air''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After PJ realized people didn't like Yield b/c it was too soft -- this is a major contrast to that album! They proved people wrong by giving them what they're known for -- grunge rock. This group, in my opinion, has yet to reach their climax!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A testament to the continued originality, insightful lyrics and powerful music that has become a Pearl Jam staple. These guys may not have rock god status, but they have certainly remined true to providing some of the finest music of the late 20th century and this album re-affirms that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
from the first track to the last, this album is a must for any true fan of rock n roll. breakerfall is in your face rock, the kinda song you dont want to end. grievance and insignificance are two of the most sonic songs they have ever recorded and will make even the most down trodden want to jump up and down. slight of hand and of the girl are to of the most uneasy, yet beautiful songs every written. pearl jam unlike many of the bands of the 90's have stood the test of time, and will continue to do so. the only thing that will make these songs sound better to the true music fan, is putting this album on 25 years from now, so you can remember what real rock n roll sounded like. pearl jam will be a stapple of rock n roll. thank yopur higher power that they are around
Guest More than 1 year ago
With their latest album, Pearl Jam have once again proven that they are not going to play for the masses, they are just simply going to play what they feel is great music. For this they must be praised, and listened to. They bring us back to what 'Rock' is all about, guitars and great lyrics. With 'Breakerfall' and 'Evacutation', PJ go back to their roots of Ten and Vs, and show that they can still crank it up! On 'Thin Air' Vedder and Co. engross you with a beautiful melody about relationships. Binaural cements Pearl Jam's postition on the podestal of Rock Gods, and confirms that they're not leaving anytime soon. Throughout Pearl Jams roller-coaster rock career, they've always been true to their fans, and they show that commitment once again on Binaural. Buy this c.d.!!, and let Pearl Jam remind you that their's still a band that loves rock and roll,their fans, and staying true to themselves! Pearl Jam rules!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Jam is a band that is not out to please anyone but themselves, & we all know that is what makes for excellent listening pleasure. It's obvious Eddie still isn't taking his Prozac, but for PJ fans like myself, that would be a disappointment. PJ is depressing rock, & sometimes we need bands like them to remind us that it's important not to lose sight of what really matters. @ least that's what I gather from them, they have my respect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Binaural, Pearl Jam's 6th album, pulses with lyrical and musical genius. The very first cord of the first song resonates the Who. You know this is a good album. Lost soul coverage combined with love songs, fabulous riffs and powerful guitar emotion... topped off with Mr. Ed Vedder and his ukulele singing a song that Vedder often dedicates at shows to Bill Gates called 'Soon Forget.' ''Sorry is the fool who trades his soul for a corvette. Thinks he'll get the girl... he'll only get the mechanic, what's missing? He's barely living a day he'll soon forget.'' The combined spotlight of music and lyric writing throughout the band members preserveres in an array of topics touched. Stone Gossard (guitar) writes a blatant, beautiful love song and a song about growing up gay in Littleton. Other lyrics were provided by Jeff Ament (bass) including 'Nothing As It Seems,' and 'God's Dice.' Matt Cameron (former drummer of Soundgarden and Well Water Conspiracy) even contributed in songwriting, writing the music for 'Evacuation.' Vedder's stories contribute to the beauty of this album. 'Insignificance' explains of celebrating army guys in a bar, listening to the juke box, oblivious they are going to be bombed by the enemy. Vedder is such a genius, ''The swallowed seeds of arrogance...breeding in the thoughts of ten thousand fools who fight irrelevance.'' Vedder also includes his punk-laced heart of government resistance in Grievance, a rich bumper sticker laden piece of art. ''Have a drink, they're buying... bottom of, bottle of Denial... Big guy, big eye watching me.. have to wonder what it sees.'' And Mike McCready is God. That is all I have to say. My favorite tracks are Breakerfall, Light Years, Thin Air, Insignificance, Grievance, Sleight of Hand, Soon Forget, and Parting Ways
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the explossive album opener to the eastern softness of the album's last track Binaural takes the listener through a magic sonic ride. This album will be sure to please listeners with a more deep tase and yet somehow it's done in such fashion and style that an untrained ear can enjoy aswell. Pearl Jam has been my favourite band since they came out in 1991 and to me personally this great album has become my fav. There are enough delicate, beautiful, passionate songs in here aswell as great rockers, there is actually something here for everyone, if you love great rock, or just great music in general give this album a try, like I said if you are a fan of great music you will not be dissapointed, just expect a lot of variety so please listen with an open mind, in my mind and heart this is the best album of the year 2000. A mixture of All othe Pearl Jam albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me firmly state that I LOVE this album. It's still the Pearl Jam we all love, but with some softer tracks balances out the heavy. I love love love it.
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