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Pearl Jam


Eleventh studio album and first in seven years from the Seattle alt.rock band produced by Josh Evans

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  1. 10.0 |   Kerrang!

    It’s their most musically inventive since 1998. And, by virtue of its themes, it is their most gravely needed of their entire career. It is, in short, a triumph
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  2. 10.0 |   Vinyl Chapters

    Gigaton is 12 tracks of pure genius. It’s experimental, well thought out, yet impulsive
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  3. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Although they have evolved throughout the years, Pearl Jam have delivered an album worthy of the titanic comeback they deserve whilst staying true to the original sound that makes them a perpetual classic
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A message of portent and hope in a time when we desperately need to understand both
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  5. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The band’s first album in seven years is an admirable, inspiring example of grown-up grunge
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Strong and loose, political and personal, Pearl Jam get the balance absolutely right. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Unlike Binaural Gigaton’s songs can be grouped in three distinct categories: those that are ‘classic’ Pearl Jam, those that are or have sonic or compositional firsts, and those that essentially straddle the line between the first two
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    The band seem guided more by instinct than any sense of formula, but there are some superb embellishments
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    The aural adventure adds a nice counterpoint to protests and pleas offered up by Pearl Jam, and helps Gigaton feel vivid, alive, and just a shade hopeful
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  10. 8.0 |   Long Live Vinyl

    While they now inhabit a secure echelon, where they’ve earned a loyal fanbase with a solid back catalogue, the fire to create and speak out still burns bright
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  11. 8.0 |   The FT

    The grunge band sound invigoratingly alive with spirited vocals and acerbic lyrics
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  12. 8.0 |   music OMH

    This is just simple, honest-to-goodness, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll, and the world is better for it being out there. More like this, please
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  13. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Gigaton sounds like Pearl Jam convincingly doing their very best to not sound like Pearl Jam. Liberated from their past and their expectations, the band have freed themselves to take some long overdue risks
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Intricate and thought-out is the name of the game for Gigaton
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    Gigaton is not without surprises, but Pearl Jam learned to play to their own strengths long ago. Print edition only

  16. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Gigaton stands out in comparison to several more recent Pearl Jam albums due to the improved ratio of hits to misses on the back half
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  17. 7.0 |   Paste Magazine

    It's the rare late-career Pearl Jam album that actually summons some real urgency
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  18. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Pearl Jam of 2020 remains, happily, tied to that of 1990, but not for a lack of creativity
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  19. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    Eleven albums in, a band that has become an industry unto itself attempts an artistic rejuvenation that still seems out of reach
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  20. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    As one of the classic rock bands still standing and writing original material, Pearl Jam set out to voice dissent with poise, albeit, with a mixed bag of new and old tricks. The ball's back on your court now, U2
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  21. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    There are only a handful of songs that spark actual emotion or groove at least, whereas the others fail to deliver memorable hooks
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  22. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Expressive songs ring hollow without the grit
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  23. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The more the band moves outside their comfort zone, the worthier they become of their apparent permanence
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  24. 6.0 |   NME

    Eddie Vedder and co.'s 11th album won't change your life, but should boast enough vitriol to satisfy long-term fans
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  25. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Where Pearl Jam once seemed defined by depression, the emphasis now is on spiritual strategies to embrace optimism
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