Jam - Yield
First Mammal to Wear Pants
Jam has done it again. They have released yet another
great album. This album continues in their road from
a rough grunge beginning to a civilized rock. Many people
still think of the grunge era when they think of pearl jam.
Rock choruses such as Jeremy and Alive more
than likely come to mind. Maybe you think of the rock
ballad Black or the more recent Betterman.
Nevertheless you probably think pent-up anger. After
all, that is what Eddie and Co. are all about right?
album goes the extra distance to prove what No Code failed
to do. Pearl Jam is not just about angst and aggression.
Through this, their latest release, we discover a grown up
Eddie Vedder. The band returns to the rock style many
fans have been craving since the 1991 release Ten.
But this time around we get something different. The
band continues to rock, but Eddie puts aside his hateful feelings
and aggression from earlier works and goes deeper into his
This is not to
say Eddie does not try to tackle issues he feels important
to him through the album, actually it is quite the contrary.
What we do notice is a more refined style to his lyrics.
There is a deeper meaning there, as in his previous works,
but the issue, not the anger that is focused. In fact,
there is a kind of parody about their musical style on this
album. The chorus of "No Way" contains the
line "I'm not trying to make a difference. I'll
stop trying to make a difference, no way". This
song has been called a satire by fans who believe Eddie's
underlying meaning is that no matter what, he is not going
to stop trying to make a difference with his music or charity
work. (You may recall the ticketmaster fiasco from a
few years back).
tackles other topics such where the world is going and why
exactly we think we are the chosen ones. Brain of
J[FK] is based mostly upon the people who claimed to
have JFK's brain in a jar a few years back. "The
whole world will be different, soon, the whole world will
be relieved" is another satire upon the mentality of
the general population and their desire for redemption.
Do the Evolution is one the hardest rocking tracks
on the album, as well as another great satire upon human's
and their beliefs that we are special. "I am ahead,
I am advanced, I am the first mammal to wear pants" and
"I'm a thief, I'm a liar, there's my church I sing in
the choir" points out some great irony in why we as humans,
feel we are above all others. Faithful includes
"faithful, we all believe it. M.Y.T.H." which
is supposed to cause the listener to question their beliefs,
a topic that is brought up later on the CD on a track called
Push Me, Pull Me. This track begins with "I
had a false belief, I thought I came here to stay.... we're
all just visiting". The lyrics are great on this
album, and a welcome change from the angst-ridden verse of
past. The words appeal to a wider variety of listener,
let's just say Eddie has grown up in the past 7 years since
Had enough about
Eddie, well there is a band too. A great band.
Possibly one of the greatest bands around right now.
I may get flamed by some people for saying so, but I believe
it to be true. They showed their expertise on the guitar
in Ten back in '91. They have continued to show
their wide variety of musical talent through all of their
albums and this is no exception. There is a track on
the CD, labeled as nothing but a red dot. Jack Irons,
the drummer, tackles the entire track. It is an excellent
showcase of his skill on drums and other percussion instruments.
The first single, Given to Fly has a guitar track
very similar to Led Zeppelin's Going to California.
Some people claimed this as a rip-off of Led Zeppelin, but
it is not so much a rip-off as evidence as to their musical
influences. The band transverses every kind of rock
they have done before, and goes the extra step to make this
an even more musical experience than any past album.
From the hard rocking tracks of Brain of J and Do
the Evolution to the laid back rock of Wishlist and
Low Light and on to the last listed track All
those Yesterdays, with the style of John Lennon's Imagine
to the final close with the hidden Eastern-flavored Humus
(no doubt inspired by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
the listener is graced with musical experience in the form
of Pearl Jam.
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