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music reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Yield

Artist: Pearl Jam
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: February 1998

Review by LarryG
2½ stars out of 4

While their sales have steadily slipped from the high to the low single digits of millions, Pearl Jam's quality has, if anything, improved. Their 1st album was pretty rigidly in the classic rock mode and the quality dropped off dramatically after the singles. Yield, like its wrongly overlooked predecessor No Code, shows variety and this one knows how to rock. The record starts with the band sounding like they still have something to prove on the nonstop headbanger, Brain of J and they also give the punks Do The Evolution. Given To Fly and Wishlist are more palatable to their classic rock fans but the lyrics can justifiable be called good poetry rather than Eddie Vedder's early more pretentious work. He seems to be more relaxed in his singing too. In all, a consistent work from a good rock band. Even with their Seattle grunge contemporaries gone, Pearl Jam shows every sign of sticking around.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...Part touchstone, part pariah, Pearl Jam have tried arty gestures; they've ostentatiously declined to rock; and now they've come back with an album full of gracefully ambivalent anthems. All commodities should be this unstable, and have this much blood pumping through them." 8 (out of 10) Spin 3/98, p.129



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