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Japanese Limited Version featuring a Two Track Bonus CD and Digipack for Initial Pressing. Bonus Tracks: Footsteps (Live), and Better Man (Live)
Pearl Jam lowered its profile after becoming a worldwide musical phenomenon in the early '90s, pulling back from the touring, radio, and press fronts. And this diverse 13-song outing, lacking another "Alive" or "Better Man," isn't the album to thrust Pearl Jam back into the limelight. Binaural kicks out the jams with a grandiosity worthy of the Who, as Pearl Jam roars through the loose, raucous two-minute-plus opener "Breakerfall" and into another brief rave-up, "God's Dice." Quickly, though, the loud MC5-style guitar outpourings that begin PJ's seventh album (and first to feature former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron) morph into the edgy, taut "Evacuation" and the midtempo "Light Years." The spare, mournful "Nothing as It Seems" (with lyrics and music by bassist Jeff Ament), "Thin Air," and the lilting "Parting Ways" all reflect romantic introspection. Eddie Vedder's poignant ukulele-accompanied "Soon Forget" is an affecting aside, and the rollicking "Insignificance" and Middle Eastern-tinged "Of the Girl" are all noteworthy. That's a strong lineup, but Binaural nevertheless falls short of the heights this talented group scaled in the past. --Katherine Turman
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But then i bought one of Pearl Jams live DVD's "Pearl Jam touring 2000"
I noticed that I haven't heard many of the songs on it...But i enjoyed just about every one with an exception for some that were on other albums.
Anyways i then saw that so many of those songs were on the album i avoided, Binaural...I realized what a mistake i made, this might even be my favorite Pearl Jam album. It's so well put together and in my opinion...No other album except maybe VS really shows Pearl Jams style.
the lyrics are great, the songs just really hit you...Plus there is enough songs to rock out with like breakerfall, Gods dice (one of my all time favorites), insignificance, Grievance, and so on...But that doesn't even tell half of this story. The songs that don't rock out, might make you tap your feet, shiver with some blusy guitar licks, or really connect with you.
Please don't make the same mistake i did, don't leave this album out.
Binaural(2000). Pearl Jam's Sixth Album, and the First to Feature Drummer Matt Cameron.
As the 90's came to a close, Pearl Jam was still an anomaly in Popular Music, having their first huge hit single,"Last Kiss", since Ten under their belts, Pearl Jam ignored trends and kept on shelling out albums based on their style. Pearl Jam was the only original Grunge Band left, and despite the music scene dominated by such junky bands as Limp Bizkit and N'Sync, Pearl Jam stuck to their roots and never once strayed from their music, much like Metallica and The Stone Temple Pilots. So, along with the guitar mastery of Stone Gossard and Mike McCready(I will refer to them as "The Duo" in my review), the Undeniable Vocal Talents of Eddie Vedder, the bass talents of Jeff Ament, and Former- Soundgarden Drummer Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam was ready to rock! So, is 'Binaural' a classic album along the lines of Pearl Jam's first three albums, or a decent album by a washed up band? Read My Review To Find Out....
Breakerfall- "The Duo"'s opening riff clearly shows the influence of The Who, and "Breakerfall" uses Vedder's slightly distorted vocals to his full extent. Good Alt Rock song, but way too short!
God's Dice- "God's Dice" combines stellar drumming from Cameron, the melodic vocals of Vedder, and Reggae-tinged riff to make a short but sweet Alt. Rock song.
Evacuation- "Evacuation" is an odd number, combining influences of Psychadelia, Funk, and Alt. Rock, very much like 'Vs.'s "N.W.A.", and uses Vedder's vocals on the chorus to create an undeniably great and catchy song.Read more ›
"Light Years" is the sort of song that I can listen to every day of my life and look back and cherish the pain and pleasure of it all. "Nothing As It Seems" is good if not great. Its defenitely a great song to listen to when Light Years ends.
"Thin Air" Now how can I possibly describe this? I mean its just the most perfect song you can sing to your girl. It just mellows into an absolutely rock solid performance by the band. Romantic indeed even if your not a beleiver! "Parting Ways" is another wonder of a track. "Insignificance" is just as calm as anything PJ have done. I salute Vedder for the effects his vocals has on the listener. Typing is ah well, nevermind.
If your a true Pearl Jan like I am and if you think there are no limits to excellence purchase this album.
Vitalogy, No Code, and Binaural are the three parts to Pearl Jam's experimentation triangle. They had succeeded with the mainstream audiences with the classics "Ten" and "Vs.", now it was time to write something for the fans. "Vitalogy" was loud rock; "No Code" was epic, melodic, and timeless; and "Binaural" is one-of-a-kind. It marked the bands return to radio with the haunting "Nothing As It Seems", which accurately portrays the overall feel of the album. Other stand-outs include "Insignificance", "Light Years", and "Thin Air". Anyone who has enjoyed the other two albums from this phase of the bands career would do very good to check out this masterpiece. It is music that only Pearl Jam could ever create. And god bless them for it.
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Let's get one thing straight: Pearl Jam is a good rock and roll band, but they're not very original. Read morePublished on July 16 2013 by PIERRE-LUC GAGNE
One thing that is good about Pearl Jam is they are not afraid to grow. They do not stand and milk a formula, but move on, growing as musicans. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
Of all of their releases, this is my personal favourite. The band is at their best and Vedder's singing is amazing here. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2008 by Lake Simcoe
I know a lot of people who reviewed this album are saying, "It's not vintage Pearl Jam," or, "The songs suck because they're slow!!! Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by J. Capuano
Binaural is the continuation of what some would call Pearl Jam's motto, "Keep pushing musical boundries". Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by Brian Baisden
Pearl Jam's every new album is something to explore. This album is something different from their previous works yet strong and powerful. Read morePublished on March 11 2004 by Oleg Nikulin
On Binaural PJ managed to deliver a solid, dependable if unspectacular collection of earthy rock songs. Read morePublished on March 8 2004 by D. C. Bobb