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You cannot depend on the government to do the right thing when needed, luckily you can depend on Pearl Jam to knock out a decent album every few years. Gigaton is exactly that. A politically inspired, and personally driven piece of mature, middle-aged grunge. Album number eleven delivers on the original promise, that nose-to-the-grind ethos which began in 1991 with their debut call to arms Ten. After almost three decades Eddie Vedder and crew have not turned their back on any of that original idealism they were founded upon.
With Gigaton comes twelve new tracks which continue on the big emotion, and rampant riffage of 2013’s Lightning Bolt. That gap of seven years has not diminished any of that fiery attack, and while the world is in turmoil, this is a recording that is needed. From the off, the first snippet to say daylight is not the best track here. The art-rock of “Dance of the Clairvoyants” does not in any way project the diversity on Gigaton, instead it does display the lyrical depth on offer.
1.Who Ever Said
3.Dance of the Clairvoyants
8.Take the Long Way
10.Comes Then Goes
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