ARTIST:

PEARL JAM

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

GIGATON

(2020)
LABEL:

UNIVERSAL

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Acoustic, Easy-Listening
""Gigaton" is a diversified album that will delight the band's fans and that could please younger listeners who were not 20 years old in the 90s thanks to a mastery and a writing still of quality."
DARIALYS (02.04.2020)  
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In 1990 Pearl Jam was born, a small group of local grunge near Seattle. A few years later, the rise of the Americans was already dizzying. Soon, the band became one of the figures of US grunge with bands such as Alice In Chains, Soundgarden or Nirvana. Thirty years later, the five guys are still there. We didn't expect their comeback after their tenth and last album, "Lightning Bolt", released in 2013, but at the beginning of 2020, the quintet is back with an eleventh opus: "Gigaton".

Pearl Jam has always liked to write committed and denunciatory lyrics. "Gigaton" is no exception to the rule, pointing the finger at Donald Trump's policies in particular, as well as the current environmental situation, as shown by the weakened Norwegian glacier on the album cover.

Musically speaking, one could fear that the fifty-somethings have lost their yesteryear  ardour and punch. But nay! As if to reassure her audience, Pearl Jam release from the beginning the best track of the album and one of the most catchy, with the excellent 'Who Ever Said'. In a similar vein, 'Superblood Wolfmoon' is also very powerful and purely rock as are the very good 'Never Destination' or 'Quick Escape' carried by a great bass and a powerful guitar solo.

The richness of this record lies in its versatility. Beyond these tracks that the fan could expect, we'll also find some surprises like 'Dance Of The Clairvoyants' with its new wave touch tinged with electro and led by a funky, borderline disco guitar.

Of course, the opus contains a lot of acoustic tracks marked by the warm and beautiful voice of the talented Eddie Vedder. The track 'Comes And Goes', although minimalist, still has a strong blues rock touch. If the end of the record is definitely quieter, the band is still interesting as on a very pleasant 'Retrograde'.

While the grunge craze is long gone, it's always nice to see bands like Pearl Jam or Alice In Chains still appearing on the front of the stage. Of course, as expected, Pearl Jam has evolved since its creation. The madness and rage of the grunge of their youth has gradually given way to a rock'n'roll that could perhaps be described as alternative, generally more laid-back. Anyway, "Gigaton" is a diversified album that will delight the band's fans and that could please younger listeners who were not 20 years old in the 90s thanks to a mastery and a writing still of quality.


More informations on http://www.pearljam.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Who Ever Said
02. Superblood Wolfmoon
03. Dance Of The Clairvoyants
04. Quick Escape
05. Alright
06. Seven O’Clock
07. Never Destination
08. Take The Long Way
09. Buckle Up
10. Come Then Goes
11. Retrograde
12. River Cross

LINEUP:
Eddie Vedder: Chant / Guitares
Jeff Ament: Basse
Mat Cameron: Batterie
Mike McCready: Guitares
Stone Gossard: Guitares
   
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