|1. Brain of J.|
|3. No Way|
|4. Given to Fly|
|7. Do the Evolution|
|8. Untitled [Red Dot]|
|10. Low Light|
|11. In Hiding|
|12. Push Me Pull Me|
|13. All Those Yesterdays|
Maybe this has to do with the fact that radio didn't overplay any of the songs on "Yield" since rap-metal and boy bands had taken over the airwaves by this time.
Or maybe "Yield" truly is more than your average Pearl Jam album. Let's compare shall we?
OK, let's start with the overall vibe of the album: In comparison to the angst-ridden recordings from the early nineties, "Yield" feels fun and loose from the very start. Listen closely and you'll hear Stone saying "1-2-3-4 1-2-3-4" in a ridiculously fast way that wouldn't really make sense to a musician. Then you have the fun bluesy jam of "Pilate", the sarcastic "Do the Evolution", the oddly funny "reddot?", and the arabic hidden track - you can just feel the band members smiling at eachother while they mess around on that one.
Included amongst the fun are classic anthem rock Pearl Jam songs like "In Hiding" and "Given To Fly", heartfelt ballads like "Wishlist" and "Low Light" and some of Eddie Vedders best vocals ever recorded. Overall, there are no weak tracks.
The production on "Yield" is also high quality when compared to their earlier albums which feel at times, dated.
Unfortunately, "Binaural" and "Riot Act" have been letdowns in comparison to this album. I felt Pearl Jam were going to take over the world again after this one.
Oh well. Maybe one day they'll look back at this and say, hey this sounds like we had fun. Let's try that again.
With the follow-up record Yield, Pearl Jam didn't necessarily put back on their flannel grunge wear, but they did remember that it was okay to rock, as this record reminded me and probably a few others about what good hard rocking tunes this band is capable of pulling off. An example of this was at a recent concert I attended, where the Yield record produced two concert favourites in Wishlist and Given To Fly (some might argue Do The Evolution, I would not).
The quality that is shown throughout Yield is confidence as there are no Who You Are meanderings on this record. Instead the band presents its best qualities front and centre: hard-rock guitar riffs and Eddie Vedders passionate vocals, surrounded by a great rock n roll band. Songs such as Faithful and Pilot sound like previous Pearl Jam records but in new more engaging light that shows a band growing its sound without running away from itself.
It is a shame Pearl Jam didn't embrace the energy they showed they still had on Yield, as subsequent records (Binaural and Riot Act) delved into the same darker more expansive qualities on No Code, an approach that the band could not pull off.
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