Sure, Reuben would’ve loved to do this one, as he would every PJ track — but the bastard nicked State Of Love And Trust so screw ‘im ayooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Today, we’re looking at the 90s alt rock ANTHEM that is Pearl Jam’s Alive, from their 1991 debut explosion Ten. Check the video below:
The first song with vocals recorded by Eddie Vedder, it was kinda unfair that Alive had to go and set one of the highest peaks for Pearl Jam to try and top — though they managed it a couple of times.
Though this is the debut of the singer, this is easily one of Vedder’s finest moments, with his knack for deeply personal storytelling and soulful growls being very apparent. His impassioned half-autobiographical (minus the incest of course) lyrics are matched with a performance fitting of the instrumental catharsis that surrounds it.
In particular, the drumming, where every beat sounds like his last, and the wig-out-to-end-all-wig-outs solo, where chaboi Stone is a millimeter away from snapping his upper string. In contrast to this, however, the rhythm guitar and bass give the entire thing an undeniable groove that permeates through the track and evens out the virtuoso desperation on the other end of the track — resulting in something pretty damn perfect.
“While you were sitting, home alone at age thirteen, your real daddy was dying… Sorry you didn’t see him.”
PEARL JAM? MATE, WE GOT A BIT:
Lots of hugs, kisses and lacerations