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Into the Wild

Into the Wild

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by Eddie Vedder

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The sprawling visuals of the American west in Sean Penn's film find perfect expression in Eddie Vedder's husky yet vulnerable croon -- and Pearl Jam fans find a trove of new classics.


The sprawling visuals of the American west in Sean Penn's film find perfect expression in Eddie Vedder's husky yet vulnerable croon -- and Pearl Jam fans find a trove of new classics.

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All Music Guide
The chiming, acoustic sound of "Hard Sun," the leadoff single from this collection of solo Eddie Vedder material, might lead fans to wonder where the roaring guitars and energy of Pearl Jam have gone. Yet the large-scale anthemic quality of the song, its forceful three-chord progression, and Vedder's familiar gruff and soaring vocals reveal that the singer hasn't strayed far from home. Into the Wild, a soundtrack to the Sean Penn film of the same name, features 11 original tunes from Vedder that largely fit the mold of "Hard Sun." The songs are acoustic, wistful, earnest and open-hearted, yet boast arrangements and a production style that favor a grand sonic sweep over intimacy. Pearl Jam fans will find this release a surprising but satisfying change of pace. ~ Anthony Tognazzini
Rolling Stone - Caryn Ganz
Vedder strikes a cinematic tone on the jangly opener, "Setting Forth," and ten more sketches that evoke days spent contemplating a vast skyline.

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Into the Wild 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read or seen Into the Wild yet, but I get the distinct impression that it is a work confronting isolation, the ills of society, and the bravery to confront the unknown, at least partially. That said, no one is better suited to accompany, or clarify, these motifs than Vedder. It is a bit "old hat" at points, but given that Vedder's main focus of late has been politically charged--an understatement, I know--his turn inward--although inspired by someone else--is refreshing. There is a deep soul here, and I can't help but feel that Vedder found something akin to himself in the subject matter of the film. Even the songs, many of which are short to the point of feeling incomplete, speak to the brevity of a tumultuous life. The impression of the record is strong, although the album's length-a scant 30 minutes-may cause that impression to quickly fade. Yet, as all of us PJ fans know, if there's one guy that can create 30 minutes of music that his fans will grovel over for years, it's Eddie Vedder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what Eddie does, it seems like he can do no wrong. Sean Penn who directed Into The Wild, asked Eddie to do some songs for the movie, and was just in aw over those that he asked him to do the whole soundtrack. Every song is vintage Eddie. There arnt any rock out songs, but there also are not supose to be. He is not only the greatest singer/songwriter of the 90s and 2000s, he is one of the top 5 of all time. If you are a fan of great music get this cd because as usual, Vedder does not disapoint.
fleurfairy More than 1 year ago
There are few soundtracks out there that fit a film so well as Eddie Vedder's soundtrack for Into the Wild. It's a true masterpiece that evokes all the emotions and feelings that circulate through the film - the yearning, the wanderlust, nature, and freedom. I could listen to this soundtrack over and over again and never get sick of it. That's the sign of a true work of art. Thank you Eddie Vedder.
hound48 More than 1 year ago
Best thing Eddie Vedder has done in years, especially if you know and appreciate Chris McCandless's story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not familiar with Eddie until I saw the movie, which is spectacular. I knew once I heard this music I would be buying this soundtrack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book into the wild and thought it was a overall good book. the reason why i feal this way is the overall fact that it was based on a true story of a kid who wanted to explore the wildlife in alaska. this book depicts Chris McCandless's life of how he hitched hiked across america working in small towns and finally making it to the alaska territory and ends up dying from an injury that would have been unsubstantial if he woudlve been more prepaired.
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