|1. Can't Keep|
|2. Save You|
|3. Love Boat Captain|
|6. I Am Mine|
|7. Thumbing My Way|
|8. You Are|
|9. Get Right|
|10. Green Disease|
|11. Help Help|
|13. 1/2 Full|
|15. All Or None|
With the addition of an organ, we see a new style. Songs like 'Love Boat Captain' almost belong on Classic Rock stations rather than Rock. But then there's 'Save You', a classic rock vibe with that original Pearl Jam feel. It's all there, but something is...different. This is a different Pearl Jam.
The difference is age. Simple. These guys are a decade and more older, so therefore, their music is going to change. With venturing aspects of music, with the ecletic 'No Code', and the electric 'Binaural', this one takes a different turn...a more traditional approach.
What 'Riot Act' seems to be is this, a stance. It's political, it's low key, and it's very timid. There's only a few select songs that are in any way wild and crazy. Songs like 'I am Mine', 'Thumbing My Way', etc...are all lower, more central songs. I think Pearl Jam is starting a transition, or maybe an exit? I doubt this.
With the band changing, the music changes. Their grunge sound as they were called, is almost a classic rock jam. With this change in mind, you need to look at the record differently. This is not your standard Pearl Jam record.
'Bushleaguer' a song that caused such poltical whatever, is one of the sparks to the album, but even then...it never goes wild.
This is a mild album, but it's a good album. I enjoy listening to this occasionally. Is it one of their bests?Read more ›
This album is multifaceted, and, through this, it highlights all the qualities about the band that make them great-the qualities that have helped Pearl Jam overcome and outlast the hype. You know, qualities like integrity and true musicianship. It has the rockin' guitar solos, but it also has glorious acoustic work. It has subtlety.
My personal favorite tracks are "Love Boat Captain," "I am Mine," "Green Disease" and "All or None." But that's this week. Last week I was nuts over something else. I find that each listen reveals a new gem. In fact, after a hiatus with my Pearl Jam listening (yeah, I shelved them for awhile) buying this album renewed my interest in the two albums I'd not yet owned: Yield and Binaural. Because of Riot Act, I came back to my obsession with Pearl Jam's music. The album does "read" like a bit of a returning. It is reflective, reflexive and unafraid.
Buy this album now, before it becomes a classic, so you can tell everyone that you loved it before it was popular.