Some might cite this as a ‘return to form’ for PJ, as if the band was a racehorse previously heading for the knacker’s.
The truth is that the band continues to mine their very own seam of quality rock. Yes, there are a few clunkers; Johnny Guitar, for example, or Supersonic but really, this is Pearl Jam we’re talking about. Their ‘clunkers’ would be most other bands’ entire careers.
Top of the considerable pile here are the acoustic tracks. Just Breathe and The End are career-best vocals from Eddie Vedder and new-found classics from the band as a whole. The latter track, in particular, should have entire stadiums in tears by the year’s end. Now, how many bands can say their songs can do that?