At this point, they will remain one of … On “Quick Escape,” a chunky anthem with an echoey, U2-like riff, Vedder details his journey “to find a place Trump hadn’t fucked up yet.” On the surprisingly Springsteen-y standout “Seven O’clock,” he name-checks indigenous leaders Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, mythic insurgents who stood up to the U.S. government, and calls the president “Sitting Bullshit.” He praises the titular character from Sean Penn’s Trump-inspired satirical novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff between avalanche riffs in “Never Destination” and paints a bleak picture on the gospel-tinged closing track, “River Cross,” describing how “the government thrives on discontent . But as he’s matured, the youthful fury that fueled PJ’s golden-age grunge has grown with him, turning into a finely burnished middle-age indignation. It’s a sentiment Vedder would definitely endorse; the Pearl Jam frontman’s rage has always burned bright (this is a guy who once sounded super pissed-off singing about how people should play more vinyl). Grunge bands that took the major-label shilling were supposed to self-immolate in a blaze of hard drugs, discord and self-hatred. Pearl Jam: Gigaton album art work But on another level: really? Reviews \ Pearl Jam Bounce Back With Gigaton Grunge Gods return with their best album since the late ‘90s . . Want more Rolling Stone? The Optimism Remains, George Harrison Estate Releases New Mix of ‘All Things Must Pass’ Title Track, Record Store Day 2020: 16 Great Exclusives From the Black Friday Drop, Phoebe Bridgers and Lars Ulrich on Napster, Metallica’s Early History, Trent Reznor Screams, Musicians on Musicians: Phoebe Bridgers & Lars Ulrich. Now, on Gigaton, the first record Pearl Jam has mustered during the Trump administration, the group has blended the miasmic angst of “Jeremy” and “Alive” with a sense of tenderness and even flashes of hope. Alanis Morissette Covers John Lennon, Yoko Ono's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' in Bed-In Video, How to Watch Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. Online, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton Announce Anti-Lockdown Song ‘Stand and Deliver’, Sore Loser Trump Snaps at Reporter for Doing His Job, A Hip-Hop Pioneer Loses His Leg. ... a new electrocardiogram-style Pearl Jam logo, and the word Gigaton… The record is sequenced with the rockers upfront and slower, more meditative songs at the back, as if the band is exhaling. Album opener “Who Ever Said” doubles as Vedder’s mantra for hope, as he sings, “Whoever said, ‘It’s all been said,’ gave up on satisfaction,” between Pete Townshend-inspired licks and a New Wave-style guitar solo. “Come Then Goes” is a poignant acoustic eulogy for a fallen friend (perhaps the late Chris Cornell), and on “River Cross” Vedder begs us all to “share the light” over his own pump-organ line. As the band’s first LP since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, there’s an attention to sonic and emotional detail, a focus on musical light and shade, which reflects the album’s lengthy gestation. Although Trump is not the sole focus of the record, Vedder gives the president (“a tragedy of errors,” in EdVed’s words) plenty of airtime. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. . Yet, where the Vedder of 20 years ago might have hollered (or hooted) his blues, he mostly keeps his cool on Gigaton. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. One of Eddie Vedder’s idols, Roger Daltrey of the Who, once said that the secret to keeping “My Generation” fresh onstage half a century after it was written isn’t nailing the song’s stutter, but believably channeling its anger. Pearl Jam Combine Fury and Maturity on ‘Gigaton’ The band’s first album in seven years is an admirable, inspiring example of grown-up grunge proselytizing and profitizing as our will all but disappears.”.