I have been a fan of Pearl Jam since the release of "Ten" in 1991.
Pearl Jam is a hard working band, who is not affraid of changing their style or trying something new. This band does not subscribe to a formula. Unlike so many bands in popular music/rock music today (hello Nickelback and Green Day, I'm looking at you guys) they do not rehash the same song's over and over again to sell more records. Pearl Jam writes music THEY believe in and record songs they love. They have some musical integrity!
This album is different from anything Pearl Jam has ever recorded. The Fixer is one of the most radio friendly songs I've heard from the band. Just Breathe is quite simply a beautiful song, and Got Some is a pretty good rocker. Speed of Sound is another gem, it's a nice song with good lyrics. This is one of the first CD's in which I like every song on the album.
This is an easy album to listen to. This is not Ten, Vs. or Vitology. If you are still expecting that sound from Pearl Jam, don't buy this album, because it sounds nothing like them. If you like good music, and don't expect the same stuff from the past, then you'll probably like it!
I am happy that it does not sound like them. Ten was released almost 20 years ago. Bands need to evolve, or they get stale. This is Pearl Jam continuing their trend of musical evolution for themselves. This is Pearl Jam grown up. This is a great CD and I highly recommend it.