Man of the Hour [Amazon exclusive]
|1. Man of the Hour (soundtrack version) - Pearl Jam|
|2. Man of the Hour (demo version) - Pearl Jam|
Pearl Jam's first self-released material. "Man of the Hour" was written and recorded for Tim Burton's upcoming film "Big Fish".
Top Customer Reviews
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...
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.
Unlike most songs found on a movie soundtrack, "Man of the Hour," was inspired by and written after the artist saw a preview of the movie. This becomes obviously apparant when you listen to the song again after seeing the film, and the experience is likely to bring tears to the listeners eyes.
Mr. Vedder, who penned the lyrics and music for the track has been nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic's Choice award for his songwriting efforts.
However, 'Man of the Hour' doesnt quite sound like normal PJ, what do i mean by that? Well theres basically 0 distortion on this song from a band that was known to be the leader of the "grunge" bands - If this song is any indictation of future Pearl Jam songs/albums to come... PJ may start createing still.. the best songs of their career in the future & may make an album thatll surprise everybody
Worth the dough.
Most recent customer reviews
the best band of this time does a beuatiful song for a movie abour cancer how can you go wrong, buy this CDPublished on May 28 2004 by Brian Geel
This is a beautiful Pearl Jam song and it's definitely for any fan. 'Man of the Hour' is from Tim Burton's "Big Fish", amazing single.Published on March 19 2004 by Laura
really great & powerful song.... not very distorted.. a somewhat new soundPublished on March 3 2004 by Mr. Moist
Really great movie single, really reflects the idea of the movie & shows where PJ is going in their next albumPublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Mr. Moist
This song deserves an Oscar Nomination!
Single of the Year. The Industry can't ingnore this.
What a delight to the ears and soul.
This single is just the latest example of how one of the most influential bands of our time, has grown more and more into a true and inspirational display of musicianship. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004