The Charred Remains of Pearl Jam
I was in love.
Then I heard the entire album called Ten, Pearl Jam‘s phenomenal debut. There are not many, if any, debut albums that I know of that are as solid, impressive, powerful and popular as Pearl Jam‘s Ten was, and still is. I can’t remember how many times I listened to this album at my neighbour’s house when I was growing up. I think it started driving him a little mental.
I don’t know what it was about the album, I just couldn’t get enough. And this is why I’m writing this post today. I was listening to the radio (again) while driving and heard Glorified G by Pearl Jam. Definitely not their most popular song, and a long-shot from being their best, but still a good song. As the song played and built in intensity and musical dexterity (wicked guitar solo), I realized I was quite enjoying the song and found myself rocking out a little bit.
It made me wonder: what happened to Pearl Jam?
When did it all go wrong, or at least not-so-right?
It’s not that their music now is the worst stuff around, not by far, but it’s such a far cry from their first three, even five albums, I almost feel as if they should have changed their name to respect what they had previously accomplished. Pearl Jam used to be my favourite band, but it’s funny how things can change. I’m not a hater of the band now, I just don’t find myself clamoring for the new Pearl Jam album like I did back in the day. I don’t think I’m alone in that one, either.
To me, Pearl Jam is Yellow Ledbetter, Jeremy, Corduroy, Rearviewmirror, Elderly Woman Behind A… you get the point. These are all very different but very fantastic songs that each bring something unique and honest to the table. I don’t feel that Just Breathe or The Fixer does anything like that. In fact, I don’t feel they have had a song since I Am Mine that has really brought something new and exciting to the table (and I didn’t even really like that song when it came out!)
Pearl Jam will always remain a favourite of mine, not for what they continue to do, but for what they have done. I only wish there was a little bit of magic left in the tank.