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Pearl Jam Steps Back, Goes Pop -- and Makes One of the Best Albums of its Careernew

With Backspacer, the "grunge" godfathers seem intent on rewriting their story. It's their best record since 1998's Yield, thanks to the presence of producer Brendan O'Brien, who was allowed by the band to have a hand in picking apart the songs. The result is an economical and wholly replayable Pearl Jam album.
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  10-26-2009  |  Reviews

Pearl Jam's 'Backspacer' is Most Impressive for Not Making Concessionsnew

With Pearl Jam experiencing a renaissance of late -- aided by 2006's eponymous return to form and a well-deserved live reputation -- the group is moving forward with its loosest album to date.
Tucson Weekly  |  Michael Petitti  |  09-23-2009  |  Reviews

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