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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.

Product Details

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

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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