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 Post subject: Re: Let's actually listen to the albums: Backspacer edition
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How do I link to a post, or do I just have to link to the page?

There's a little dog-eared piece of paper in the upper-right hand corner of every post, just to the left of the time/date stamp. That's the hyperlink to individual posts.


Does this work? I'm not sure how good it is because it's not a review of the album as such, just Matt really.

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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


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Harmless wrote:
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How do I link to a post, or do I just have to link to the page?

There's a little dog-eared piece of paper in the upper-right hand corner of every post, just to the left of the time/date stamp. That's the hyperlink to individual posts.


Does this work? I'm not sure how good it is because it's not a review of the album as such, just Matt really.

viewtopic.php?p=2832085#p2832085

you put a lot of work into that, harmless

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Really dislike the pop/surf punk aesthetic these bros continue to embrace.


me too. They're the only PJ songs I really have trouble trying to find redeeming qualities in

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 Post subject: Re: Let's actually listen to the albums: Backspacer edition
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The music on Amongst the Waves sounds like it was written for and performed by a Richard Marx backing band. Nothing at all interesting going on rhythmically, sonically, melodically, or structurally. Surprisingly, Eddie's delivery is the only thing that doesn't turn this into sheer pap.

OH WOW MIKE U REALLY SHREDDIN NOW BRO

Man, this is just bad. Bad, bad, bad. Poor Matt.


You're basically saying that my drumming write up was bollocks. I can cope with that, but you're wrong.

I didn't even know such a thing existed.


Yeah. When it first came out I wrote a long review with a focus on Matt's playing. I don't know how much I'd agree with now, but I certainly stand by some opinions.



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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


Nope. I think he drums very well on Binaural, Riot Act and Backspacer, apart from a few annoying moments. Not a fan of him on S/T but hey.

I've always felt slightly disappointed by some of Jack Irons' studio work, personally. DTE could've been so amazing. The way he plays it, it's just very good.


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thodoks wrote:
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How do I link to a post, or do I just have to link to the page?

There's a little dog-eared piece of paper in the upper-right hand corner of every post, just to the left of the time/date stamp. That's the hyperlink to individual posts.


Does this work? I'm not sure how good it is because it's not a review of the album as such, just Matt really.

viewtopic.php?p=2832085#p2832085

you put a lot of work into that, harmless


I like those immersive listens. I guess that was a good omen as I'm writing reviews occasionally now.


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 Post subject: Re: Let's actually listen to the albums: Backspacer edition
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Well, I think there *are* deeper things going on than you give i credit for. That's because I hear them and interpret them in my head and heart that way (yes, cheesy language but I'm calling it as I see it). We all interpret music as we interpret language. That said, I can totally understand that you don't see those things. And I know the reasons you don't see those things (they're the same reasons that stop me recommending this one to potential PJ fans; too many people find too much of the album embarrassing). I just do. So, it's subjective. Some people see depth delivered in a palatable way. Others see superficiality.

What are these deeper things? I keep asking, but I rarely get an answer.


Thematically I see Backspacer as closing a cycle of records that started with Binarual, or possibly even from the very beginning. It is a record about accepting imperfections in the world and the self, and loving them despite, or maybe even because of them, about not having to be in opposition all the time--and that once you've arrived there you're able to live in and experience life in a cleaner, more affecting way. It is a really interesting way to conclude (insofar as a life ever concludes) the journey their music and themes have taken thus far. The immediacy of the music plays to that, I think.

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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


Nope. I think he drums very well on Binaural, Riot Act and Backspacer, apart from a few annoying moments. Not a fan of him on S/T but hey.

I've always felt slightly disappointed by some of Jack Irons' studio work, personally. DTE could've been so amazing. The way he plays it, it's just very good.


I was just joking...Matt's pretty great for the most part. The band as a whole just seem to be in a funk. Maybe they're too happy? Maybe they're out of ideas? Maybe they like their side projects more? Maybe they're just lazy? I don't know, but something aint right.


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darth_vedder wrote:
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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


Nope. I think he drums very well on Binaural, Riot Act and Backspacer, apart from a few annoying moments. Not a fan of him on S/T but hey.

I've always felt slightly disappointed by some of Jack Irons' studio work, personally. DTE could've been so amazing. The way he plays it, it's just very good.


I was just joking...Matt's pretty great for the most part. The band as a whole just seem to be in a funk. Maybe they're too happy? Maybe they're out of ideas? Maybe they like their side projects more? Maybe they're just lazy? I don't know, but something aint right.


:thumbsup:

Or maybe it's a heady cocktail of all of the above.


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Harmless wrote:
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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


Nope. I think he drums very well on Binaural, Riot Act and Backspacer, apart from a few annoying moments. Not a fan of him on S/T but hey.

I've always felt slightly disappointed by some of Jack Irons' studio work, personally. DTE could've been so amazing. The way he plays it, it's just very good.


I was just joking...Matt's pretty great for the most part. The band as a whole just seem to be in a funk. Maybe they're too happy? Maybe they're out of ideas? Maybe they like their side projects more? Maybe they're just lazy? I don't know, but something aint right.


:thumbsup:

Or maybe it's a heady cocktail of all of the above.


Who knows, maybe it's me that's in a funk? I reckon a lot of people like Backspacer way more than PJ's other albums, and from their perspective, Backspacer was the end of PJ's funk. I have no idea, but 2 mediocre albums (to these ears) in 6 years has kinda put me off a little bit. Like you were saying though...I've been following them for 20+ years, so I doubt I'll just stop, but between the lack of material, sloppy shows, and a crappy fan club (thanks Tim), my interest in them is at an all time low.


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darth_vedder wrote:
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Can we just blame Pearl Jam's demise on Matt Cameron? It's been pretty much all downhill since he joined.


Nope. I think he drums very well on Binaural, Riot Act and Backspacer, apart from a few annoying moments. Not a fan of him on S/T but hey.

I've always felt slightly disappointed by some of Jack Irons' studio work, personally. DTE could've been so amazing. The way he plays it, it's just very good.


I was just joking...Matt's pretty great for the most part. The band as a whole just seem to be in a funk. Maybe they're too happy? Maybe they're out of ideas? Maybe they like their side projects more? Maybe they're just lazy? I don't know, but something aint right.


:thumbsup:

Or maybe it's a heady cocktail of all of the above.


Who knows, maybe it's me that's in a funk? I reckon a lot of people like Backspacer way more than PJ's other albums, and from their perspective, Backspacer was the end of PJ's funk. I have no idea, but 2 mediocre albums (to these ears) in 6 years has kinda put me off a little bit. Like you were saying though...I've been following them for 20+ years, so I doubt I'll just stop, but between the lack of material, sloppy shows, and a crappy fan club (thanks Tim), my interest in them is at an all time low.


Well, I think Backspacer was a huge step up from S/T. So I'm lucky I guess.


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Interestingly, there's a song on this new Wintersleep album that is not so dissimilar to Speed of Sound. A little bit country, a little bit slow dancy, a little bit dream poppy. But Loel Campbell (drummer) plays it very sensitively. Most of the song is just tambourine until he faffs around towards the end. I'm thinking it's pretty similar to how Matt should've played SOS.


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I listened to most of this on my way home from work yesterday. I don't know that I'd want an album that did the same things as Backspacer, but I still really love this record.

I think my favorite moment on the whole album is that little patterns solo Mike plays at the end of FoN

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