Ok, so as you've probably figured, this album is no Ten. Let's not mistake that. But I give it 5 stars for their creativity, and I don't think I've ever heard Gossard and McCready play better. As for our beloved Vedder (who still makes my heart melt and always will) you can tell the best of Eddie's voice is behind him, but we will always remember it. My fave songs on the album are the catchy beats of World Wide Suicide, I love the riffs in Severed Hand but my absolute number 1 song is Inside Job. That 2 minute intro, WOW. Blew my f***in' mind, those guitar riffs (or violins?) about a minute in just got to me and the piano afterwards is a beautiful touch. I never thought I'd associate the words Pearl Jam and beautiful together, but that song did it, it's truly amazing. I love it, I love the lyrics, the way Eddie sings it, that creativity. Awesome, AWESOME song. All in all, there is a good balance of well written ballads and head bangin rock songs.
Of course there will never be another Ten, or another Vs. Or even another Vitalogy. But as a die hard PJ fan I was impressed, glad I had something new of theirs to cruise to, and mostly glad the boys are back in town! Keep on rockin in a free world, Pearl Jam!