Monday, May 10, 2010

Back to Ten - Watching Pearl Jam do The Evolution

I listen to the most recent Pearl Jam albums and find I just can’t relate to them anymore. It makes me wonder what I’ve missed out on? Was there a memo I missed about this drastic change? Or was there something I missed along the evolution of these guys?

So I have started from scratch, Back to Ten if you please, to try and chart their history of 9 albums and see if I can find a new appreciation for their stuff or not. If everyone is saying this is Pearl Jam’s best work in a long time, there’s got to be more to it.

So here I am Once again at the beginning, trying to find an Even Flow (sorry, the word play was irresistible) through their legendary debut album, Ten. There’s not much one can say about this album that hasn’t already been said. Jeremy came along and brought Grammies along with it. The power and unparalleled aggression was inescapable. The epic music still remains as fresh as ever today with bands still doing covers of Alive everywhere you look. Personally, I will never ever get tired of this one.

For one, it was the first album I actually owned back as a wide-eyed lad in New Delhi, circa 1994. I remember endless hours head-banging to each song on my brother’s huge speaker stacks, playing drums on chairs and guitars on the air. This one is truly in my blood. It has a role to play in who I am now.

But it’s time to move on. The evolution continues.

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