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Short and Sweet
on December 3, 2007
This is a wonderful little collection of songs and songs sketches. Clocking in at just over a half and hour it hints a the potential for a much more grand, large scale development of this type of music in the future.
Length aside, this is a wonderful album. A treat for pearl jam lovers and haters alike. The music is a new turn for Vedder. Sure it had precidents in songs like "the strangest tribe" "footsteps" and "off he goes", but the feel and texture of these works are different.
Many of the best pieces of music on this album run just under two minutes, yet they capture a mood, develop beautiful harmonies, and hook the listner in so swiftly that they feel longer. In truth, while I hunger for more of this type of music from vedder, the is a strange grace to the shortness of this album.
A note on the album as a soundtrack: this short little album perfectly resonates with the movie and the book; perfectly resonates with what Chris McCandless felt and thought as far as we can tell. In this way it stands as its own testament to the story, fleshing out the emotional scape where the movie and book dealt with the scene and the facts.
The bonous tracks that are available, political covers updated for the present, are priceless.
A great album, which demonstrates the versatility of Eddie Vedder's talent, and once again shows that he can write popular more mainstream music without losing his touch for creating depth of thought and emotion, or originality of sound and cadence.