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Binaural

Pearl Jam Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the group (along with Vitology). July 16 2013
Format:Audio CD
Let's get one thing straight: Pearl Jam is a good rock and roll band, but they're not very original. They make me think of plenty of other great bands: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc. This album, Binaural to be more specific, as planty of good song writing to put them up with other very good albums. But, I still think that they're an ok rock band. The weak aspect of Pearl Jam is creativity: They can't be compared with Bands with a lot more creativity like R.E.M., or The jesus and Mary chain or Radiohead. Overall, a pretty good cd to have if you're a rock and roll fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! Oct. 13 2008
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Of all of their releases, this is my personal favourite. The band is at their best and Vedder's singing is amazing here. Of the Girl, Sleight of Hand, Evacuation, Rival, Light Years and Insignificance are up there with their greatest moments. Every other song is worthwhile. They sound energized and pure. The artwork is top notch like the albums before it, Yield and No Code. It is highly recommended.
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. NO CODE is their best example of this. That album recieved the coolest reception of any of them, although personally I like the album. After going to more upbeat rock `n roll with YIELD, they continue this trend into BINAURAL.

There is only one other album that I know of that does what Binaural does: all the songs sort of blend into one with the others. EXILE ON MAIN STREET, the Stones' record, does likewise. There is no Jeremy, Daughter, Better Man, Hail Hail, or Given to Fly. The tracks that stand out most is the single Nothing as It Seems, Thin Air, Insignificae, and Sleight of the Hand. But these are still not anthemic tracks. Instead, they contribute to the entire feel of the album. The first three songs all sound similar to me. YIELD was likewise, save Given to Fly. However, I'm not sure if this is better than YIELD or not. Soon Forget is a delightful little experiment that is 1:45 long. Another good thing about this one is this much more of a band effort than their previous albums - there are several tracks that Eddie didn't write any of it. Indeed, Nothing as it Seems was written solely by Ament.

There is a new drummer onboard. Pearl Jam changes drummers like Van Halen changes singers. (Did you hear? Gary Cherone is out - reportedly, Warner Brothers told the Van Halen brothers get Dave back or they dropped, because of the dismal reaction to the eqaully dismal album VAN HALEN III). I do not know if this is permanent (in the Pearl Jam drummer sense of the word).
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5.0 out of 5 stars what???? March 15 2006
Format:Audio CD
I've stayed away from this album, as everbody told me it was the worst from Pearl Jam, very boring and so on. I expected this album to be all boring ballads...
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.
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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....
Track Listing-
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BINAURAL
Now first of all , I dont understand why people dislike this album. It has some of the best and arguably the best song Pearl Jam have done. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Harkanwar Anand
5.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam Will Never Die
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 more
Published on June 8 2004 by J. Capuano
4.0 out of 5 stars It's evolution, baby!
After "Vs." and before "Yield", Pearl Jam kind of dissapeared for a while. They'd pop up from time to time on the radio, but rarely in heavy rotation, and... Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars The 6th in the PJ Dynasty
Binaural is the continuation of what some would call Pearl Jam's motto, "Keep pushing musical boundries". Read more
Published on May 5 2004 by Brian Baisden
4.0 out of 5 stars Binaural by Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam's every new album is something to explore. This album is something different from their previous works yet strong and powerful. Read more
Published on March 11 2004 by Oleg Nikulin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all that bad
On Binaural PJ managed to deliver a solid, dependable if unspectacular collection of earthy rock songs. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by D. C. Bobb
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately, the worst album of the 7.
Pretty much considered the worst of Pearl Jam's albums, and I would have to agree with that. While its not a horrible album, I'd have to say that almost half of it doesn't do... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars just clean, pure and professional
Even Pearl Jam members say that this one its not their best work, but i have to disagree with them, i think absolutely the opossite, Binaural is one of the best Pearl Jam albums... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004 by Julian
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