ARTIST: Pearl Jam
YEAR RELEASED: 1993
CHART ACTION: #1 US, #2 UK
SINGLES: Go (#3 Mainstream, #8 Modern, #190 UK), Daughter (#97 US, #1 Mainstream, #1 Modern, #18 UK), Animal (#21 Mainstream), Dissident (#3 Mainstream, #14 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Glorified G, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
LINEUP: Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Dave Abbruzzese
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album from the Seattle band finds them not wanting to remake their debut, which makes it for a stronger album but displeases some.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Fans looking for Pearl Jam to become another pure alt-rock band were a bit disappointed by this, but in reality they were only ‘alternative’ to begin with because they weren’t hair metal and wrote songs and lyrics that were personal and earnest.
This album did solidify Pearl Jam as a band that wasn’t going to be a one-hit wonder or a band that would rest on its laurels and keep creating the same album over and over again. It didn’t have one track that would propel the album over the top, but from top to bottom it’s a consistent and varied album that you can play from top to bottom without hesitation.
I think people expected way too much for this album, the same way they expected way too much from Nirvana’s third album – though it was the opposite problem. Nirvana’s record wasn’t commercial enough, this may have been too commercial for purists.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They recorded the album one song at a time, finishing each mix as the recordings were complete.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, several re-issues with rarities and live cuts.
GRADE: A: Hearing this album again, I underrated it in 1994. I think it’s stronger than their first cut for cut. It definitely doesn’t have a lull.