[ Music on Vinyl / 2 LP ]
Release Date: Monday 25 July 2011
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Thanks to its stripped-down, lean production, Vitalogy stands as Pearl Jam's most original and uncompromising album. While it isn't a concept album, Vitalogy sounds like one. Death and despair shroud the album, rendering even the explosive celebration of vinyl "Spin the Black Circle" somewhat muted. But that black cloud works to Pearl Jam's advantage, injecting a nervous tension to brittle rockers like "Last Exit" and "Not for You," and especially introspective ballads like "Corduroy" and "Better Man."
In between the straight rock numbers and the searching slow songs, Pearl Jam contribute their strangest music -- the mantrafunk of "Aye Davanita," the sub-Tom Waits accordion romp of "Bugs," and the chilling sonic collage "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me." Pearl Jam are at their best when they're fighting, whether it's Ticketmaster, fame, or their own personal demons.
4.5 / 5 All Music Guide.
A1 Last Exit
A2 Spin The Black Circle
A3 Not For You
A4 Tremor Christ
B3 Pry, To
C2 Satan's Bed
C3 Better Man
C4 Aye Davanita
D2 Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me