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Okay, so Pearl Jam fans haven't exactly been left wanting for listening material in the three years since the band's last studio album, Binaural -- what with 70 or so band-sanctioned "bootlegs" to choose from -- but their hunger for new songs is another matter. Answering the call with Riot Act, the band's eighth studio release, Eddie Vedder seems to be pulled in a few different directions at once, recalling the band's nascence in the grunge scene in the brontosaurus stomp of "Save You" and their immersion in the world of Neil Young on the wispy-but-wired "Can't Keep." As ever, Vedder can't help but tilt at windmills, but as the by-the-numbers "Bushleaguer" about ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Okay, so Pearl Jam fans haven't exactly been left wanting for listening material in the three years since the band's last studio album, Binaural -- what with 70 or so band-sanctioned "bootlegs" to choose from -- but their hunger for new songs is another matter. Answering the call with Riot Act, the band's eighth studio release, Eddie Vedder seems to be pulled in a few different directions at once, recalling the band's nascence in the grunge scene in the brontosaurus stomp of "Save You" and their immersion in the world of Neil Young on the wispy-but-wired "Can't Keep." As ever, Vedder can't help but tilt at windmills, but as the by-the-numbers "Bushleaguer" about you-know-who proves, he's not the cleverest of social commentators. Far better are the songs on which he looks inward: The waltz-time "I Am Mine" sets its tale of iconoclastic pride against a woozy, sea-chanty backdrop, while "Get Right" -- probably as close as the band will ever come to donning the cloak of electronica -- brings things down to an emotional level that's likely to, well, bring things down. Then again, that's always been one of Pearl Jam's strong suits: Here, the darkness is heightened by some particularly stormy playing on the part of Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, particularly on "Green Disease" and "1/2 Full," but proves just as compelling even in the quietest moments. Riot Act may not offer the immediacy -- or the anthemic heroics -- of the band's early days, but it paints a picture of Pearl Jam as heirs to rock's blue-collar mantle: smart, sinewy, and, above all, unflaggingly sincere.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some ways, Riot Act is the album that Pearl Jam has been wanting to make since Vitalogy -- a muscular art rock record, one that still hits hard but that is filled with ragged edges and odd detours. Vitalogy found the band sketching out their ideas for their brand of artsy rock, separating bracing hard rock and experimentalism throughout that fascinating album, and since then they bounced between those two extremes: indulging themselves on No Code, over-compensating with the streamlined Yield. Here, they manage to seamlessly blend the two impulses together in a restless, passionate record that delivers musically and emotionally. If it doesn't announce itself as a comeback or a great step forward, it's because the changes are subtle -- it's a process of their post-Vitalogy sound finally gelling, not making an artistic breakthrough. Given the appealing but haphazard nature of their late-'90s work, it's quite satisfying to have a Pearl Jam album play as strongly as Riot Act, and again some credit must be given to drummer Matt Cameron. He enlivened 2000's Binaural, but his forceful drumming gives the weirder songs and ambitions support and urgency. Also, the production is the best in nearly a decade -- a warm, burnished sound filled with details that enhance the basic song instead of overwhelming them in other words, it's not No Code, nor is it the Spartan Yield. Again, these are subtle shifts in sound, but they are notable and, given several plays, this does indeed seem like the richest record Pearl Jam has made in a long time.
Spin Magazine - Christian Hoard
Pearl Jam's seventh studio album balances emotive bombast with a taut, sweaty hard-rock attack. (7)

Pearl Jam's seventh studio album balances emotive bombast with a taut, sweaty hard-rock attack. (7)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998682528
  • Catalog Number: 86825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Keep (3:39)
  2. 2 Save You (3:50)
  3. 3 Love Boat Captain (4:36)
  4. 4 Cropduster (3:51)
  5. 5 Ghost (3:15)
  6. 6 I Am Mine (3:35)
  7. 7 Thumbing My Way (4:10)
  8. 8 You Are (4:30)
  9. 9 Get Right (2:38)
  10. 10 Green Disease (2:41)
  11. 11 Helphelp (3:35)
  12. 12 Bushleaguer (3:57)
  13. 13 1/2 Full (4:10)
  14. 14 Arc (1:05)
  15. 15 All or None (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pearl Jam Primary Artist
Jeff Ament Bass
Matt Cameron Percussion, Drums, Rhythm Guitar
Stone Gossard Guitar
Adam Kasper Piano
Mike McCready Guitar
Eddie Vedder Guitar, Vocals
George Webb Guitar
Greg Keplinger Drums
Boom Gaspar Hammond Organ, fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Pearl Jam Producer
John Burton Engineer
Jeff Ament Composer, Cover Photo
Matt Cameron Composer
Stone Gossard Composer
Adam Kasper Producer, Engineer
Mike McCready Composer
Eddie Vedder Composer
Sam Hofstedt Engineer
Keith Gilliam Contributor
Boom Gaspar Composer
Brad Klausen Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatesr cds EVER

    pearl jam's "Riot Act" was awesome! i really liked the softer side of their music- "love boat captain", "thumbing my way" and "all or none" are probably the best three songs on this cd for people who want to see the soft side of pearl jam. and, also, this has a "harder" side as well - "you are" and "save you" are AWESOME songs and "ghost" with some awesome guitar riffs. one of the greatest cds of all time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pearl Jam - Riot Act

    Pearl Jam has never put out a bad record! Cheers and enjoy........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lyrically, Pearl Jam's Best

    This is the best album of this decade. Every song has a point and holds its place. The words tell a story of how the band sees various topics. Its about time someone has an opinion with some intellect behind it (Martin Sheen). Thank God for Pearl Jam. For without them, music would have no meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not what I expected, but not too bad

    When I first heard about Riot Act, I thought the album would be full of a bunch of heavy songs with wailing vocals. Was I wrong. The album shows that Pearl Jam has matured and mellowed out somewhat. They still have some rocking songs like "Save You," "Half Full" "Ghost" and "Get Right." But they do have some softer songs like "Love Boat Captain," the best song on the album (in my opinion). Okay, I do admit that it was a dumb idea to release "Bushleaguer," when we're at war, but the song shows how intelligent Eddie can get. I don't really like going to war, but if we have to, then I'll agree that we should, and right now, we just have to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another unique and well crafted Pearl Jam album

    If No Code illustrated Pearl Jam's ambition to elude the mainstream sound and explore a more spiritual, mellow realm of rock and roll, then Riot Act is a logical sequel. The 15-track LP is a careful balance between heavily distorted, punky numbers and soft, acousitc prayers. Riot Act also carries the production qualities of Binaural and Yield, but its use of pianos, weird time signatures, unusual chord progressions and harmonized vocal lines offers a new refreshing outlook on the band's capabilities. This is due in part to Matt Cameron's worthy contributions, as the former Soundgarden incorporated many of that band's assets in "Cropduster" and "You Are," two of the album's most powerful songs. Riot Act's only misgiving is that the second half of the album is not as well crafted or catchy as the first half is, but Vedder's Native-American inspired vocal instrumental "Arc" and the hauntingly beautiful acoustic closer "All or None" resolve the album on a powerful note. Other great songs: "Love Boat Captain," "I Am Mine" and "Thumbing My Way."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pearl Jam's best CD to date!

    Having been raised on 70's music, I got seriously turned off by rock music because of the 80's. It wasn't until a major life change in 1999 that I started listening to what was being played today. I heard so much about Pearl Jam and wanted to find out what the hullabaloo was all about, and not knowing anything, I bought the first CD I came across which was "Binaural." It was a strange sound at first. The songs I was immediately attracted to were "Light Years," "Thin Air," and "Rival." Eventually the rest of the album grew on me. I of course learned about "Ten" and went out to add that to my collection. Yes, the songs of "Ten" that put Pearl Jam on the map appealed to me, but as time progressed I had to have more and eventually procurred all of Pearl Jam's collection. I discovered much of their work is an acquired taste, which I personally have acquired. I have become a major Pearl Jam fan (as much as the Beatles fan I was in the late 60's and throughout the 70's). I am very dissappointed with negative reviews regarding "Yeild" and "Binaural" from both the critics and many of my friends. Until "Riot Act," "Yeild" stood as my favorite overall CD. With the seeming downward trend I have sensed in Pearl Jam hype I feared their next CD would end up a disappointment. Not a chance! I recently had to take a 5 1/2 hour trip from Kingsland, Georgia to Atlanta. Thinking I would listen to my new "Riot Act" and my new Default CD on the way, I reached Atlanta without getting to the Default. In fact on my return from Atlanta, I got so pumped by "Riot Act" that I did a Pearl Jam "jam" on the way and played my entire PJ collection. This is by far the best Pearl Jam to date!!! With the excetpion of "Arc" this album is so amazingly crafted, each time I listen to it I discover how truly gifted and talented this band really is. Their depth in my opinion matches the Beatles. I am sure most will disagree with me, but as a forever Beatles fan I can say what I want. Pearl Jam is the greatest rock and roll band today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT !!

    THIS IS ONE OF THEIR BEST ALBUMS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Come on people, what have you been listening to?

    Surely there must be some clear minded Pearl Jam fan out there who will agree that this is not PJ's best work....its not even close. I have followed this band for years, loving them all the way, but am constently amazed by their lack of consistency. Sure there are some decent tracks on this album, even some moments of greatness, but the not-so-good-songs leave a listener with a bad taste in their mouths. Bushleager is a horrible song, possibly one of the worst I have heard from a respected artist in a long time. I personaly am tired of Eddie Vedder's lack luster political statements. These attempts always fail, but worst of all, they spot-light Mr. vedder, distracting us from of the most talented bands in America. The guitar work of this album is stunning as always, and when Mr. Vedder gets off of his soapbox and turns to the internal, Pearl Jam can make beautiful music. Listen to this one before you buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Riot Act really rocks my life!

    This stuff is too GOOD to be true!!! I've waited for this so long!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is not your father's "Love Boat," captain...

    The privilege of being able to hear the gorgeous 'Thumbing My Way' anytime you like, as many times as you like, is alone worth way more than what you'll pay for this record. And trust me, you *will* play it over and over. Ditto 'Love Boat Captain,' which sounds nothing like you'd probably expect. If you ever saw the old 'Love Boat' tv series with its corny theme song and may be fearing that the guys are going for some sort of smaltz satire with this one, relax. 0% smaltz here - 'Love Boat Captain' is an expertly crafted piece of music. And don't be fooled by that slow Hammond organ opening. The song begins slow and quiet but builds, ebbs and flows and ebbs again. Net result: This song rocks. Great melody, lyrics vintage Vedder philosophy, complete with a nod to another musician philosopher, John Lennon ("all you need is love, love is all you need"). Adding poignancy without exploitative is a line referencing 9 fans who died a couple years ago at a rock festival in Denmark during PJ's set ("lost 9 friends we'll never know, two years ago today"). The opener 'Can't Keep' is another great addictive tune. Listen to it a few times in a row & soon it'll be firmly lodged in your brain forever. Gotta love those minor key change ups. If you're a serious fan and know your PJ catalog backward and forward parts of the melody of 'Save You' may bring to mind 'State of Love and Trust' which can only be good. Another great, catchy, all out rock song. Too bad radios all over America aren't filled with stuff like this. 'You Are' gets your attention from the first few notes - get a load of that funky guitar effect! I understand that's a thing (drummer) Matt Cameron brought to the studio. What can I say except IT WORKS! What a cool sound, what a super funked up song. The combination of swirly EV harmonies, a dark melody, and surprisingly romantic lyrics ('I am the shoreline, but you are the sea') make this one strange little love song. Everybody I know who's heard it names it as a favorite on this record. If record execs have any brains they will make this one a single or at the very least 'Love Boat Captain' after 'I Am Mine.' These are just my personal favorite tracks so far. I'll skip going into detail about every track. If you're a PJ fan you already know to expect nothing less than expert playing and singing wrapped around original melodies with plenty of tasty hooks, and those everlovin' EV soulful lyrics. That's what you get here, only more so because there are bigger contributions from all the members this time around. And if you're not necessarily a big PJ fan but just like real music created by people who know what they're doing and obviously would rather be doing absolutely nothing else, you should do yourself a favor and check it out. If you don't come away with at least one new 'favorite song' to add to your personal list, I'd be real surprised. Something for everybody here. As always with PJ: Repeated listenings at high volume with headphones for best effect. This one gets better every time you hear it. I defy anyone to listen and regret buying it! p.s. for those of you who are also'B'unless I miss my guess, the DQ influence still sneaks in here and there lyrically. Ishmael would be proud!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best band in the world

    Pearl Jam is the best rock band in the world today, and they age like a fine wine. Each album seems like an improvement over the last. While some critics push "Ten" and "Vs." as the best PJ albums, the true fans know it's their recent work that sets PJ apart. They keep it up with Riot Act, and they've never sounded better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Pearl Jam Since Vs.

    Perhaps I am not best qualified to pen an unbiased review of Pearl Jam's new album as I am admittedly a huge fan. However, I hold both Yield and Binaural in considerably less esteem than their earlier work, so I was not sure what to expect with Riot Act. Let it be established once and for all that they will NEVER reach the highs attained on Ten with such songs as "Alive" and "Jeremy" - those are (in my humble opinion) two of the greatest songs ever recorded. I am tired of hearing that an album is "good, but doesn't live up to some of their older stuff." Of course not! I have never heard a song with the thundering power and energy coupled with such tender emotions as "Alive." Certainly not within the past 10 years... That being said, Riot act is able to maintain a consistent excellence with a few notable peaks at a level that they have not reached since Vs. Exceptional stuff - perhaps what we have come to excpet from Pearl Jam, except that this is honestly the freshest, most diverse, invigorating album i have heard all year. The hard stuff really rocks, with Mike McCready really going full throttle on the lead guitar for the first time in several years. And the ballads are achingly tender; "Love Boat Captain" and "Thumbing my Way" are heartbreaking. Eddie has really improved his ability to "croon" on some of the slower stuff. If i had one complaint, it might be that Vedder doesn't let loose and wail as much as he used to, but he still has his moments, and on other songs, he seems to be simply letting the guitars and rhythm section speak where he once might have let out his trademark guttoral growl... when all's said and done, this is a must buy album. Absolutely recommended for any Pearl Jam fan but more importantly, for anyone who wants to hear what a great rock band sounds like in a time when they are few and far between.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off the map

    This cd is so good. I can't even begin to describe it. I have listened to it for 4 days straight and it just keeps on getting better and better. They are the best band in the world today, and will always be my favorite band.

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