Pearl Jam, another 90’s grunge band out of Seattle have released their 10th studio album Lightning Bolt. Although I am personally not the biggest Pearl Jam fan, but their new album was overall agreeable. It is an easy listen, with a few fun tracks that play up their old familiar styles with some new ones. The first track Getaway is a good one with typical rock style riffs and drums – probably being the track with the most punch to it. The single released for the album Sirens is a low-key track reminiscent of many of their old ballads. Lightning Bolt is for sure a rock song, but it seems like this track was meant to have more impact than it ultimately did. It was a good mid nineties style song that would have benefited from a little updating. Let the Records Play is not a bad track, and was probably my favorite with its southern style blues feel (I must admit I am a sucker for blues though). Future Days is a sweet song, playing with some acoustic guitars and fiddles – it was a nice choice to end the album with. So again, I would not say this was a hard-hitting new album from Pearl Jam, but it is pleasant to listen to. The album I must say all together had a decent flow to it – the tracks progressed well together and nothing sounded out of place. But as a whole it is an average album, with a few good songs and a few average songs. It is not that any of the tracks are bad; they just seem to pass by without anything to make your ears perk up. I would recommend giving the album a trial run for any Pearl Jam fans, or those who are looking for some easy rock to listen to!
Review by Jamie Erickson.