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March 14, 2006


Pearl Jam "World Wide Suicide"
Pearl Jam is beating the (anti) war drums for a big new album release coming May 2 on J Records, after a long association with Epic. Here's the track listing:

"Life Wasted"
"World Wide Suicide"
"Severed Hand"
"Marker in the Sand"
"Big Wave"
"Wasted Reprise"
"Army Reserve"
"Come Back"
"Inside Job"

This is such a big new thang for them that they are releasing it eponymously. Indeed, they're so excited to get this best work of their career out that they generously gave away an mp3 of the first single "World Wide Suicide" for at least a couple of days. Anyway, it's widely circulating on radio and the internet for free.

It's way overpriced. Besides the space on the hard drive, this is 3:27 of my life wasted on nothing. "World Wide Suicide" has even less melody and hooks than the broadly similar guitar rock of U2's mediocre "Vertigo." There's not one even vaguely memorable turn of melodic phrase, just two or three notes of random shouting with no significant or unique patterns. The more times I hear it, the less substantial it seems.

I am not known as much of a Pearl Jam fan, so I'm trying to go the extra mile here, listening carefully to this song a dozen times. There's nothing memorable, no spark of creativity. They play guitar real frantic and all like it's supposed to mean something, but there's absolutely no there there. I cannot think of one good thing to say about this as a composition.

In fairness, the band seems to be performing their material very skillfully. They're probably generating a somewhat more interesting, fluid sonic palette than tired latter day U2.

But there's no song under it. The greatest band in the world couldn't make anything out of this. Eddie Vedder sings like his life depends on it, but there's only so much anyone could do with such a totally indistinguished composition.

I could imagine this coming out pretty compelling in a live show, though. The song sounds like a million others, but there are less than a million bands that can play like them.

Anyway, they have announced the following dates as the first leg of a tour supporting the album:

9 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
10 - Toronoto, ON - Air Canada Centre
12 - Albanym NY - Pepsi Arean
13 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center
16 - Chicgo, IL - United CEnter
19 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
20 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
22 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
24 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
27 - Philadelphia, PA - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
30 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center

1 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena
3 - East Rutherford, NH - Continental Airlines Arena

posted by Al at 3/14/2006 02:31:00 AM

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