PEARL JAM

(UNITED STATES)

DARK MATTER

(2024)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Folk, Fusion, Melancholic, Rasping vocals
"As unstoppable as ever, "Dark Matter" is yet another demonstration of Pearl Jam's savoir-faire, touching fans to the core without revolutionizing a legendary identity."
LOLOCELTIC (02.05.2024)  
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If there's one thing that's always been said about most releases by bands whose careers span several decades, it's that these artists are "always doing the same thing". How many times have AC/DC, Metallica, the Rolling Stones and many others had to endure this kind of criticism? Yet it's having an identity with strong markers that has allowed these legends to endure through the years. So it's hardly surprising to see Pearl Jam facing a fresh round of criticisms on the release of "Dark Matter", eagerly awaited by fans.

However, the Seattle quintet have taken the trouble to entrust the controls of their newborn album to Andrew Watt. The man responsible for the latest opuses from Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and the Rolling Stones is also an inveterate fan of Eddie Vedder and his band. Renowned for offering modern-sounding productions to the artists he looks after, the New Yorker seems to offer guarantees of evolution for the successor to "Gigaton". Indeed, this is one of the first things that jumps out at the listener on discovering this album. The production is clear and powerful, bringing a youthful touch to the new compositions. The eponymous track is the best example, with its discreet yet obvious electro touches. Fighting, twirling and powerful, this track stands out as one of the highlights of this album, which has no shortage of them.

Some will rightly regret that Watt's more massive approach attenuates the organic side typical of many Pearl Jam records. Nevertheless, the unfailing quality of the compositions, which present all the facets of the band's identity, makes this detail almost insignificant. From the big riff of the flamboyant 'Scared Of Fear', with its stellar bridge, to the moving 'Setting Sun', with its heartfelt sensitivity, there's no downtime or weakness. Other highlights include the angry, punk-accented 'Respect, Respond', the mid-tempo 'Wreckage' with its faux 'Daughter' feel, reminiscent of Eddie Vedder's storytelling talents, and the delicate 'Upper Hand' with its bluesy touches, U2-influenced intro and long, gleaming solo.

Of course, these are just a few examples from a veritable collection of varied, finely-crafted pieces that will resonate deep within every listener. A further demonstration of the talent of its authors, "Dark Matter" will bring a new palette of emotions to Pearl Jam fans. A flawless new monument to the quintet's mythical status, as they continue to demonstrate their integrity even though they no longer seem to have anything to prove.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Scared Of Fear - 4:25
02. React, Respond - 3:30
03. Wreckage - 5:00
04. Dark Matter - 3:31
05. Won’t Tell - 3:28
06. Upper Hand - 5:57
07. Waiting For Stevie - 5:41
08. Running - 2:19
09. Something Special - 4:06
10. Got To Give - 4:37
11. Setting Sun - 5:45

LINEUP:
Eddie Vedder: Chant / Guitares
Jeff Ament: Basse
Mat Cameron: Batterie
Mike McCready: Guitares
Stone Gossard: Guitares
   
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