First Impression Review
Pearl Jam - Backspacer A-
Selling millions of records and being the most important band in the world for a few years (during the early 90's) will always be a blessing and a curse. Even though their first 2 albums, Ten and Vs are classics, 1994's Vitalogy to current has yielded some of PJ's most interesting and speculative music. It hasn't always been their "best" but it's always been better than most of the sh*t out there.
Backspacer finds the group loose and refreshed. Clocking in at 37 minutes this album satisfies without leaving you bloated, in other words, I didn't feel like the band was overreaching or trying to regain their glory days. It's not trying to mimic any genre or pandering to the mainstream. It's just Pearl Jam being Pearl Jam... and it is one of the best albums I've heard this year.