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Man of the Hour [Amazon exclusive]

Pearl Jam Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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1. Man of the Hour (soundtrack version) - Pearl Jam
2. Man of the Hour (demo version) - Pearl Jam

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Pearl Jam's first self-released material. "Man of the Hour" was written and recorded for Tim Burton's upcoming film "Big Fish".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songwriting. Great Single. April 23 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I got this single from a friend in the US who bought it from this site. I love this song. It's a great mellow song.
Some people have complained about Pearl Jam being too soft now. I think that a band like this one doesn't need to be writing another "Jeremy", "Porch" or "Do The Evolution". I think that this band has actually gotten better with the years. If you are a fan and you think like I do, you're just gonna love this single. Chances are you've already heard it at least.
Another reviewer pointed out that Eddie Vedder used the phrase "the rusted signs" on "Man Of The Hour", that he had already used on "Thumbing my way". He's right, however I think it actually makes the song even better. Listen to both songs, first "Thumbing...", so you see what he means about the "rusted signs". Then listen to "Man Of The Hour" knowing that.
You'll find "Thumbing My Way" in Riot Act, for those who might not know.
I think repeating lyrics in different songs is not too big a deal, as long as it adds meaning to both songs. You'll find the line "there ain't gonna be no middle anymore" in both Pearl Jam songs' "Porch" and "Half Full". And they're both great songs.
Anyway, I digress. Buy this single. Both versions of "Man Of The Hour" are great, the demo version being a stripped down version of just Eddie Vedder and a guitar. In fact, since you can get the soundtrack version from the "Big Fish" soundtrack, get it for the demo version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Jam won't stand still Feb. 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
After creating their own mold thirteen years ago, the band has succeded to break it as the members get older and more mature. To compare the later releases with the "grunge" songs from the early nineties is not relevant. This latest effort proves once again that Pearl Jam will keep making the music they want to play instead of trying to please the fans they earned with a different style of music a decade ago. Personally, I find this song to be very moving and I think the melody is beautiful. Of course, knowing it was written for the Tim Burton movie, it's easier to identify the theme of the song, but to me the melancholic feel of the song is just monumental. I can't wait for their next full-length album!
By the way, what lyrics are the same on "Man of The Hour" and "Thumbing My Way"? The words 'a' and 'the' are there in both songs, but not much else...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Band of the last 15 years May 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
First I'll start off by saying Pearl Jam is my favorite band. They have evolved into a great band and are the sole surivors of the "Grunge" era. They have grown up with us and gotten better throughout the years.
That being said, I really like this single. It is a great song about a father and son relationship which is strangely ironic considering the relationship Eddie has had with the "father figures" in his life.
Strange as it may sound I like the demo version of the song better than the full band arrangement. I am partial to the simpler sound because of its purity and I feel Ed really shines on the demo.
All in all, a great offering from the Led Zeppelin of our era. Doing it their own way with no compromises. Pearl Jam, the fans band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MOVIE + SONG = Beautiful Perfection Dec 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A beautifully crafted masterpiece of a song, "Man of the Hour," is Pearl Jam's contribution to Tim Burton's new motion picture, "Big Fish." Don't expect to realize the true beauty and lyrical perfection of this song however, until you see the movie.
Unlike most songs found on a movie soundtrack, "Man of the Hour," was inspired by and written after the artist saw a preview of the movie. This becomes obviously apparant when you listen to the song again after seeing the film, and the experience is likely to bring tears to the listeners eyes.
Mr. Vedder, who penned the lyrics and music for the track has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice award for his songwriting efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie and Bruce Feb. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This song epitomizes Eddie Vedder's coming of age as a superior and premier songwriter. Nothing is purer than writing about the relationship between a father and son. As far a repeating lyrics as one reviewer noted, I believe this is a moot point. Springsteen used many of the same lyrics over and over again in developing his songs. Look at the Nebraska album. Some lyrics are repeated from track to track. This makes no difference. The song, its imagery and its unity distinguish Vedder among the top songwriters today. Pearl Jam is just a tremendous band in their prime. This song both invigorates and breaks the heart. And that is what music is supposed to do, go to the heart. Check it out.
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Format:Audio CD
'Man of the Hour' may of been a successful song, in terms of getting heard, but was it successful to the point of pushing Pearl Jam back into the spotlight of the world? unfortantely... not -
However, 'Man of the Hour' doesnt quite sound like normal PJ, what do i mean by that? Well theres basically 0 distortion on this song from a band that was known to be the leader of the "grunge" bands - If this song is any indictation of future Pearl Jam songs/albums to come... PJ may start createing still.. the best songs of their career in the future & may make an album thatll surprise everybody
Worth the dough.
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