- Audio CD (Nov. 26 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Pearl Jam
- ASIN: B00014G66C
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Man of the Hour (soundtrack version) - Pearl Jam|
|2. Man of the Hour (demo version) - Pearl Jam|
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.
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.
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...