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The Seattle band once notable for its arena rock anthems is now remarkable mostly for its hushed melodies. On Pearl Jam's fifth album, the rockers seem slapdash ("Do the Evolution", "Brain of J"), and the arty experiments sound self-conscious (especially the 67-second knockoff, "-"). That leaves the ballads, especially the lovely lilt of "Low Light" and the clear-eyed lament of "Wishlist." On the latter song, Ed Vedder (as he now calls himself) yearns to be many different things, from a neutron bomb to a souvenir key chain. However, the line that sticks out is, "I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me." Instead of considering himself lucky to be a rock star, Vedder sounds relieved to have moved beyond it. --Keith Moerer

Customer Reviews:

  • Pearl Jam at their subtle finest
    I would have to say that this is my favorite Pearl Jam album. I am aware that the majority of PJ fans would not share my opinion. Many prefer the more anthem and commerical based first two albums. This album did not really have any commercial singles, but many of their songs are the finest they ever did and did find their way to radio, even though the boys were not exactly pushing them there. This was a part of the unique turn the boys took after VS. and have since steered out of with their latest "Avacado" album. And many fans might be happy that they are back to their hard rock roots, but I will always cherish this album most....more info
  • The All-Important Return To Normalcy, Not PJ's best but good
    (Actual Rating-3.5 Stars)
    Yield(1998). Pearl Jam's Fifth Album.

    Throughout the 90's, Pearl Jam was, and still is, an Enigma. Unlike other bands, they despised the spotlight, yet their albums, and the songs off them, became more popular than they could ever imagine. 'Ten', 'Vs.', and 'Vitalogy' were Bona-Fide Grunge classics, and Pearl Jam, instead of embracing their popularity, tried to destroy it. They experimented with New Age in 'No Code', and it was a commercial and critical failure. Then Pearl Jam became embroiled in a Legal battle with Ticketmaster, which put them on hold. So, in an attempt to win back the fans and the critics, Pearl Jam made and produced 'Yield', where they got back to the bare bones of their Early Grunge Days, blending genuine Hard Rock, Punk, and Mellower songs. So, is 'Yield' as good as the Big 3, or is it just another 'No Code' Disaster? Read On To Find Out....

    Track Listing-

    Brain of J- An ode to JFK, "Brain of J" starts 'Yield'off well as Gossard's Black Sabbath-y riff blows out the speakers, and Vedder's questioning vocals echo throughout the room. A Great Rocker, and Gossard/McCready's Guitar Work is amazing!

    Faithfull- Pearl Jam softens up for "Faithfull", focusing on Vedder's vocal talents, but Gossard/McCready(I'll refer too them as the duo from here on out) shell out riffs and solos that make this "Ballad" an intense rocker.

    No Way-"No Way" blends Psychadelic Rock with Funk, and by mixing in Vedder's soft-spoken vocals, and "The Duo"'s bluesly guitarwork makes this an interesting experiment.

    Given To Fly- "Given To Fly" is a "Pearl Jam" Ballad, which means it can go from Vedder calmly belting out lyrics behind mellow guitars, to him screaming out the chorus behind "The Duo's" chugging guitar. "Given To Fly" is no exception!

    Wishlist- "Wishlist" is 'Yield's biggest hit, but it's a very weak song. Vedder's vocals are inspired, but the song never picks up, and basically Vedder's vocals are all the song has to offer.

    Pilate- "Pilate" is another "Pearl Jam" Ballad, with slow musical measures being interspersed with energetic choruses. Vedder's vocals are top-notch, and "The Duo"'s riff is enjoyable if a bit dull.

    Do The Evolution- "Do The Evolution" is an awesome Hard Rocker, with "The Duo"'s Folk Rock-y riff(It sounds nothing like Folk Rock though) blaring out the speakers behind Vedder's angry vocals.

    Untitled(Red Dot)- This nameless song is basically just a weird filler song with "What, Go Crazy" being said over and over.

    MFC- "MFC" starts off like "Even Flow" with "The Duo"'s light-hearted riff coming out front and center, with Vedder singing with his usual flair. This is a very "happy" song, and "The Duo"'s guitarwork really makes me happy.

    Low Light- Another ballad, "Low Light" contains some great vocals and keyboarding, yet it comes out sounding very boring. A decent song.

    In Hiding- "In Hiding" picks up the pace, emphasizing "The Duo"'s skills, creating another light-hearted song. Vedder's brooding vocals and the guitar riff make this a "Pearl Jam" ballad. Awesome Hard Rocker!

    Push Me, Pull Me- "Push Me, Pull Me" is very odd, with Vedder talking behind a chugging guitar, and being interrupted by a choir of "Push Me, Pull Me". It's like where Roth talks during "Hot For Teacher", except it's a full song. An okay song.

    All Those Yesterdays- "All Those Yesterdays" is a mix between Alt Rock and New Age, very much like the material from 'No Code'. Although it takes awhile to get fully going, Vedder's vocals and "The Duo"'s guitarwork really shine. Unfortuneatly it takes too long to get to the point.

    Overall, I found 'Yield' to be a good, yet flawed album. Although I'm glad they went back in a good direction, Pearl Jam still seems like they haven't quite found another Ten or Vs. yet. While the first half of 'Yield' was excellent, minus "Wishlist", the second half seemed rather bland, with "In Hiding" and "MFC" really only standing out. Vedder's vocals were top-notch, and Stone Gossard and Mike McCready's guitar work were also excellent, but that's wasted on filler like "Untitled" and "Push Me, Pull Me", which really saddens me. A Good, Yet Flawed Album.

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  • Who Are These Guys?
    I refuse to believe that the same band responsible for "Ten" was behind this nearly-unlistenable mess.

    Eddie Vedder must have gotten sick of people imitating his singing style, so he decided to sing like a demented Tiny Tim on smack in the hopes that no one would bite his style. I think he succeeded.

    To me, "Yield" is an appropriate title, because it's exactly what Pearl Jam has done, realizing that they are no longer musically relevant. You can only wonder if they took their own lyrics seriously when they sing "I'm not trying to make a difference, I stopped trying to make a difference" in "No Way."

    I don't know; maybe I'm not a true PJ fan, in that the only two albums I own are "Ten" and "Binaural," which IMHO is when they finally got it right again. But I wouldn't take this musical abuse from anyone; that it's coming from PJ just makes it that much worse....more info
  • wow.. this is BAD music
    pearl jam was really in a horrible creative time for this album.. i seem to remember that the fans were mad at the band for not touring, and eddie vedder said "we can either tour or create new music." listening to this garbage, it's obvious he should have TOURED! it's funny seeing all the positive reviews here.. i guess pearl jam fans will swallow any trash they put out, but i'm not a fan so i can view things objectively, as an alternative rock fan. some of the songs here are so bad i'd think they were literally a JOKE if i knew there weren't meant to be serious, good songs. a sense of lethargy reigns over most of the songs. it's obvious the band was bored and probably didn't want to be playing music, or had nothing better to do at the time. the ONLY bright spots on this album are the awesome "do the evolution" and "wishlist." "given to fly" is also a good song and there are a few decent others. the rest is almost unlistenable it's so annoying and terrible. maybe i can find a better pearl jam album, but this definitely isn't the one to listen to! ...more info
  • John L. Kowal's review says it all
    This CD is horribly dull. I couldn't stop myself from constantly skipping from track to track again and again because every song had no pep to offer whatsoever, the melodies are boring and the singer; ugh, he's so raspy. I hate the singer and the video for "Life Wasted" off their new release, it's so gruesome! I hate how it got to number 1 on MTV2, Pearl Jam shouldn't get radio play or money from people buying their CDs. I haven't liked any song I've ever heard by this awful band. Everything that could have gone wrong did on this album. AAH!...more info
  • My 2nd Favorite Pearl Jam Album
    This is an amazing album. For everyone considering buying this album, go do it now, you will not be disappointed!!!! I think this album is their 2nd best, 2nd after Riot Act. Both are amazing albums, and the only real Pearl Jam albums anyone needs. Go out and get this one now!!!!!!...more info
  • Come on, its one of the best!
    This is truly great music, in all aspects. I bought this when it was released and I can listen to the entire album numerous times a year and not get sick of it. Really, if you want to give it less that 5 stars, you are not being serious....more info
  • THIS ALBUM MARKED "THE SECOND COMING" OF PEARL JAM IN MUSIC
    If the 'Ten' era was (obviously) the first coming of Pearl Jam - After years of making no music videos & doing little interviews, this album, their 5th - With it's catchy riffs, unforgettable chorus's, & infectious melodies, along with the success of 'Last Kiss' released shortly after this album - 'Yield' would mark the 2nd coming of Pearl Jam as a very relevant force in mainstream music

    'Yield' is Pearl Jam's best showing of having both their experimental side shown, & their accessible side shown - If this was the first Pearl Jam album you got, you would be able to move onto either 'No Code', (their most experimental album) or 'Ten' (their most accessible) after it, which is why this album is so important to get into

    'Yield' starts off with the punk rock song, 'Brain of J', then moves into 'Faithful', an anti-religious catchy sing-a-long song, then 'No Way' which slows down the album, before speeding back up into the Zeppelin influenced 'Given to Fly'...

    Then 'Wishlist' comes along, the radio staple which I'm sure you've heard by now...soon after, the explosive politically charged 'Do the Evolution' comes charging in before the album has a chance to slow down too much

    Actually This album doesn't let up at all from beginning to the end - no reason to analyze every song, 'cus it keeps your ears & mind tied into it, & at the same time, Eddie & Pearl Jam keep their charming 'Vitalogy' type insanity along the way in songs such as 'Red Dot' & 'Push me, Pull Me'... which forms into an album that in time will be one of your most cherished albums, if it isn't already, take my word for it, take everyones word for it

    This is one of the most important Pearl Jam albums & should be one of the first you get...more info

  • The Godfather II to Ten
    As many would proclaim Vs. or Vitalogy the best follow up to Ten, their self proclaimed landmark, I do not concur. Listening to Yield, I'm fully aware of what a real follow up album is like, and this is it. Yield is thee follow up to Ten and probably Pearl Jam's pinnacle masterpiece.

    With the single, 'Do The Evolution', Vedder takes us into the wrongs and common cliches of mankind and the history of life. It's a song that's enriched with lyrics that border those of 'Sympathy for the Devil', a song I consider the most well written song, ever. 'Evolution' is easily one of Pearl Jam's more memorable songs, but it's not even the best of Yield.

    Anyone who listens to 'In Hiding', surely knows that Pearl Jam is a band of high talent. It's distinguishable opening lick takes you in and never lets you go, with a song so touching, it takes us back to something like say, 'Black'...or even 'Better Man.' 'Given to Fly' is just that thrilling, as well, rounding out the better edges in the album.

    But rocking hard and bringing us to that 'Even Flow', 'Animal' daze of the band, songs like 'Brain of J' keep us moving, and so does 'Faithful' and the out of the stadium drive, 'Wishlist.' The songs are so intriguing, and while not hits like those off of Ten, these seem to stick with you more. In my opinion, that tells how important the song really is, and it's value.

    Being said, Pearl Jam filed some sci-fi with Binaural, and became politicians with Riot Act more recently. But if you ask me, I'd say this is their better album to date and probably in their entire catalog. I'd buy this before Ten, just because it's more deserving, in my opinion and don't get me wrong, I love Ten, I just appreciate this more. Hopefully, you'll understand now how great this album is.

    Ah what the hell, pick this up along with Ten, you're now a fan....more info
  • Has Some Weak Points, But Still Great
    Since releasing their self-titled album, which I think is their best album since "Ten",
    I decided to go back into the Pearl Jam catalogue and check out their other stuff. "Yield" is a promising album, despite the drummer is Jack Irons (who's good but not as good as Matt Cameron), and it starts off promisingly. For some reason the last few songs just didn't me as hard as the first ones did. "Wishlist" & "Pilate" are two PJ classics and Eddie's lyrics are top notch (although there are some lyrics here by Jeff Ament & Stone Gossard as well). I do like this album enough to buy, but check out the new album, Ten, Vs., or Vitalogy first. Here are the tracks:

    1. Brain of J-5/5-This song is really catchy and good. It's simalar to the song "Life Wasted" off their new album, but it's good album opener.
    2. Faithfull-5/5-This song is catchy as well and has some interesting lyrics.
    3. No Way-5/5-This song has some great lyrics; The lyrics are better than the song itself and the best part of the song is the chorus.
    4. Given to Fly-5/5-I love the lyrics to this song, but this is a great song period.
    5. Wishlist-5/5-This is one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, it's so cool and Eddie sings it perfectly.
    6. Pilate-5/5-This is another one of my favorite PJ songs. The song was written by Jeff Ament and is such a simple song but it's really good. "Like Pilate, I have a dog."
    7. Do the Evolution-3/5-I know that this is one of their hit songs, but I really don't like this song that much...It's kind of annoying.
    8. *-5/5-A kind of semi-drum solo weird thing done by then-drummer Jack Irons. It's pretty cool, although it's just a filler.
    9. MFC-4/5-This song is really short and not that great.
    10. Low Light-3/5-This song's like the last two, it's just OK. Nothing really stands out about it.
    11. In Hiding-5/5-This songs a lot better than the last few songs, but it's still not a PJ masterpiece.
    12. Push Me, Pull Me-2/5-This song totally sucks. It's not even a song, it's Eddie talking with a bad musical background.
    13. All Those Yesterdays-4/5-This song has to grow on you. It's start off bad and gets better as it progresses. There's an instrumental hidden track directly following this song, which is quite good though.

    GRADE: B+
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  • WTF is PJ doing!??!
    Granted there are 3 good songs on this album but this is like a Pearl Jam rip of band now. Pearl Jam goes POP/Rock.....WTF NickleJam...more info
  • Stumbles but makes it
    3 1/2

    With each successive release prompting fans to curb their enthusiasm, it is no wonder this album was met with general praise even if general quality was slowly diminishing....more info
  • Yield
    Pearl Jam-Yield ****


    The question of Pearl Jam's fifth album Yield is not whether the band lost something rather then it is what did the gain, because Pearl Jam has always been a band to grow and change, even today more then a decade after their career began as one of Seatle's leading grunge bands. Pearl Jam who before this album was known for their sense of rock anthms has become a band more known for it's wonderfuly lush melodys with the ocasional delve into a rocker, and that all started with Yield.

    Always one to experiment, slightly, and push the envilope, slightly, Eddie Vedder and the boys did just that, or should I say Ed Vedder as he preffered to be called from Yield on. The political message and world concious lyrics are as present as ever, and the DYI punk ethos is here still as well just with a sorfter sword. Rockers like the album opener 'Brain Of J' and the albums only slight hit single 'Do The Evolution' give this album the kick in the pants it needs. The sludgy production on the ladder is amazing and adds to the overall feel of the song making it one of the bands very best. While middle of the road songs such as 'No Way' have the same bombast as anything in Pearl Jams early catologue just in a softer package. But the ballads come across as more self-concious then anything else and concerned, not truly reaching what they could fully be.

    What you end up getting with Yield is actaully one of the bands stronger albums of all that they released in the late '90s and early '00s. Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament play some of the most inspired and original guitar of their career without coming across as self-indulgent and emotionless in their playing like they have sometimes been known to do.

    In the end It's a struggle with this album though because at this point Ed Vedder was "over being a rock star" so at this point he was really full of his own stink and was horrible to fans, but at the same time this was him being himself and making the most honest music of his career, and from this point on is when I really became a fan of Pearl Jam and really appreciate their music after this point, and Yield is a good starting point into the second half of the bands career....more info
  • Somewhat confused, maybe?
    Yield is the enigmatic album from Pearl Jam. Do I love it or do I just like it. Well, I guess its both. I like the first song (Brain of J), I kinda but not really like faithfull, feel about the same about No Way, but then, ah yes, right in a row we get Given to Fly, Wishlist, Pilate and Do the Evolution. Then the untitled, and then I kinda like MFC, but I really like Low Light and In Hiding. The last two songs I just plain haven't really gotten into yet, probably haven't given them as much of a chance as I could, but I never seem to find the time. Oh well, no time like the present I guess. ...more info
  • The slip into monotony
    So, um... "Brain of J" is a powerful screaming loud rocker with a surprisingly quiet middle section. And "Given to Fly" is an amazingly emotional power-ballad-like thing. And... and... come on guys, I'm flailing here... because in truth, a lot of it is monotonously mellow. Pearl Jam doesn't do mellow. Even "Black", "Daughter" and "Yellow Ledbetter" rocked somewhat. Okay, the mellowness on Viatology pretty much rules, but other than that? Not their thing. Which is why I can't really listen to "Faithful", "No Way", "Wishlist" or "Pilate" without feeling myself itching to hit "fast forward". Oh yeah, I like "Do the Evolution" too. Song rocks. So does the pounding, completely straightforward "MFC". But Eddie Vedder's screaming ends up being a bit of a headache. Some of the last album's weirdness shines through, but that all ends in tears (the spoken-word "Push Me, Pull Me"; the keyboard instrumental "Red Bar"; Indian instrumental "Hummus"). Cut down to the best material, this would've been a decent record, but the "best material" is, other than "Brain of J" and "Given to Fly", merely decent. A "Low Light" indeed. ...more info
  • Life Changing!
    This album changed the way that I see the world around me and put me on a new course of thought. I saw an earlier review that said,"If everyone had this album the world would be a much better place", and I tend to agree. With 'Yield', Pearl Jam weaves a quilt of music and themes together which are life affirming and inspirational. The message of the album is there for the taking and never reaches a point of being preachy or heavy handed. The album itself is a meditation on life and the unity all. I'd also recommend Daniel Quinn's book 'Ishmael' as a companion piece to this work of art. 'Ishamael' was allegedely used by the band as inspiration in the creation of the album. This is truly a stellar album. ...more info
  • Pearl Jam's best!!!!!
    This is my favorite Pearl Jam cd. But I will say that 10, vs, and Yield are all pretty close. All 3 should be in the top 30 cd list of all time. That is saying alot!

    Every song on here is so cool. There are so many different styles rolled into one jamming cd.

    Vs. is the best hard rocker of the 3 cd's and 10 has a good mix of hard and kinda epic songs such as Black, etc. But Yield is overall the best. ...more info
  • Go for "Yield" and don't stop.
    In my years of listening to "Pearl Jam", I've enjoyed everything from "Ten" to "Riot Act". If I had to keep just one of their albums, the one I find is the best of all things "Pearl Jam", it would be this one. It's not the straight forward rock record the first two were, but also not quite the experiments that "Vitology" and "No Code" are. It's the perfect middle ground of everything before it. There's a number of grunge/punk rockers like "Brain Of J" and "Do The Evolution", as well as some mellower tracks which I feel they excell at, like "Low Light" and "All Those Yesterdays". Plus bonafide hit material like "Given to Fly" and "Wishlist" both are. Now again, I like most everything they've done, but this is the disc I'm most "Faithful" to....more info
  • Today I wish...

    This is without a doubt one of my favorite PJ efforts. It's dirty, thoughtful, rhythmic, pounding and it rocks.

    To many cuts to mention, but the openning 4 tracks amaze. And from there, things only evolve.

    This is a mature progression that I for some reason want to "group" with Vitology and No Code. I liked those very much as well, but this to me is superior.

    The recording has a "flow". Each song makes the other even better. Vedder's lyrics are insightful and most importantly...the music makes me "feel".

    "In Hiding" and "Pilate" are my dark horses.

    Fans of PJ who have not yet gotten this...wait a minute no more....more info
  • "I'm not trying to make a difference. No way."
    Conceived at a period of d¨¦tente in the band's turbulent career, Pearl Jam's fifth album is one that definitively documents exactly where the band was at that particular time (1998). Whereas Yield's predecessor No Code (1996) had been fraught with upheaval and was conversely inconsistent and experimental, Yield itself is its very antithesis.

    When No Code was released Pearl Jam were still the main players in the - admittedly failing - grunge scene, yet by the time they entered the studio to record Yield Soundgarden and Screaming Trees had disbanded, Alice in Chains were in an irreversible state of coma, and The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness had obliterated the last remnants of grunge.

    Yield however, showcases the greatness of Pearl Jam. Closing ranks impressively - the war of egos between singer Eddie Vedder and guitarist Stone Gossard having reached armistice - the band took stock, returned to Seattle and recorded their most honest, instinctual and diplomatic work to date.

    Vedder's enchantment by nature and wilderness is brought prominently to the fore, and his elegant vocals belie the oft-pious bellow of earlier works. Indeed, Vedder's piety forms the basis of Yield, with the songs 'Faithfull' (marriage), 'Given to Fly' (christianity and penance), and the tiresome 'Wishlist' (contentment) - supported by bassist Jeff Ament's 'Low Light' and Gossard's 'All Those Yesterdays' - bearing witness to a more mature take on life's spiritual and secular ambiguities.

    Additionally, Gossard and lead guitarist Mike McCready have never combined better than on Yield, with the former's refound gift for compositionally strong riffs perfectly complemented by the latter's uncharacteristically discreet lead playing. Pearl Jam's secret weapon on Yield however, is drummer Jack Irons in what was to prove his final outing with the band. Aside from his generally calming persona (as seen on the documentary of the album's recording, Single Video Theory) his propulsive and often eclectic approach to the drumkit ('Red Dot') suits Pearl Jam's expansive sound far more than current incumbent (ex-Soundgarden-er) Matt Cameron's.

    Relaxed, inventive and adventurous, and without the merest hint of grunge clich¨¦, Yield is the sound of a band finally at ease with both its superstar status and its loss thereof....more info
  • Severely overlooked... it should be a crime.
    With such chaos in the 90's music scene, the roots of rock got lost in the sheen of corporate jugernauts. Megatours, bands with image and no message led to a whole lot of crap being released. Enter Pearl Jam, doing what they do. Making intelligent, enjoyable, and meaningful music with nothing to lose.

    This disc is full of passion. Each track is important. Although some were released as singles, the listener does not suffer filler inbetween. Highly recommended. ...more info
  • A spiritual album, during a unspiritual time
    This has been calling to me for 8 years. I feel that there's some reason although I'm not sure why, so I had to play it through to gain some answers. Spiritually for me in 1998 was anything, but easy. I turned 30, and now things weren't as simple. I struggled with singleness, work was starting to become terrible, and church only cared about me doing ministry work, and not helping me grow as a person, or helping me with developing people skills, or anything like that, and so I began to go on benders of being fleshy, and then 2 months later rededicate myself to the Lord. I saw myself as a former shell of myself, and just saw that the group was going through the samw thing as it seemed that the lyrics of these songs had alot of Spirituality themes to them, and ranging from Buddhism, Evolution, New Age, and even Angels, and Church choirs. I can only answer that there was a song on here that I heard numerous times on WJRR 101.1 down here in Central Florida. I believe it's: "Low Light", and I just needed to get this out of my head. This otherwise is pretty good musically, but I do wonder why they had a minute silence on "All Those Yesterdays?" I don't know if this will free me finally, or not, but I figured anything's worth a try. This in a sense seems as though they were going to try anything as well. ...more info
  • lashing out integrity
    Eddie Vedder is the untouchable rock hero. I grew up listening to a lot of bands. A lot of them are great bands, but corporate products who are there solely to entertain (I won't mention names). But this group has managed to get by doing what they do without allowing those corporate hands to get too firmly around their waste. Their music continues to be organic, rebellious, and speak for those who don't get their voices heard in the current state of American politics. God bless these guys or who knows where we would be right now....more info
  • Best PJ disk out there
    I am a huge fan of Pearl Jam and most of what they do. Most of their CDs start out good, but then slow WAYYYYY down, so I skip those slow songs. This usually means that I am skipping 4 or 5 tracks-per-14-song-disk. Yield is the only one that I can listen all the way through with no skips. It is a solid release with all of my personal favorites, including two quiet but well done songs, Given to Fly and Wishlist. I give this CD a 5 out of 5. This disk is staying in my CD player for months to come....more info
  • NOT ALL THAT
    I know it's a matter of perception, taste and expectations but I personally found this recording to be bland, generic, uninteresting and just a low point in their career.

    "Given to Fly" due to it's melodic flair, was the only song that peaked my interest of this recording; other than that song, I found YIELD to be a snoozer. Definitely, does not compare to their first two monumental albums....more info
  • Very Solid Pearl Jam Release
    Often held up to being a true fans favorite, Yield does not disappoint. Its a very strong album by a great band. Here we find the band becoming much more harder than on their last album No Code. Yield has a great vide and the band sounded like they were ready to explode with power. In songs like Brain of J and Do The Evolution the band sounds just full of energy and like they couldnt rock any harder. Then there is beautiful songs like All Those Yesterdays, In Hiding, and Low Light were the band hadnt sounded more melodic. Theres still a good amount of variety here. Sure its quite a bit less than No Code, but still isnt as straight forward as Ten, the bands first album. I believe the one thing that makes Yield so special is the bands energy here. Up until that point PJ hadnt sounded more energetic since their first release. A very good album that deserves the credit that PJ fans give it. ...more info
  • We're Faithfull....
    Been years since I purchased this. Brilliant album art.
    I wasnt really big on "Brain of J" until recently after completing a few hundred listens of Yield."Faithfull"starts and you hear the most beautiful discreet sound of guitarring And then Eddie's mindblowing lyrics "Plaque on the wall says that no one's slept here/t's rare to come upon a bridge that has not been around/Or Been Stepped On..." What follows is a brilliant power punch of a song that really brings delight and joy to me.

    "No Way" is brutally addictive with its lyrics for an insatiable desire for a love one wants. "Given to fly" tests you.....its out there. "Wishlist" was my favourite track on the disc for the first few dozen times. "Do The Evolution" is something that shocked me. Its amazing how this band can be so unpredictable.

    Then follows the last few tracks....which are truly the best. "In Hiding" reminds you of the times in your life when you're alone and maybe still are. It truly speaks to my soul and has this amazing ability to leave me expressionless totally overwhelmed. The last track on the disc "All Those Yesterdays" is certainly something the album needed to make it a truly unforgettable experience. Its the perfect full stop. The vibe around the song just raptures me into emotional shockwaves , the kind that words seldom express. Pearl Jam have been my favourite band for a while now and this just might be an album which is not bound by time. It holds its own. It will last forever. Pearl Jam will last forever....more info

  • An inspiring return to upeat rock!
    After two very experimental albums, Pearl Jam return to more of a straight up rock sound. This is one of my favorite albums of theirs (yes, I think I say that about all their albums) and also, one of their most normal. It opens up with a punk song, Brain Of J., which could have easily been found on Vitalogy, right alongside Spin The Black Circle. One of my favorites. Faithful follows and it's an amazing song. A weird sounding riff opens up the song, but it turns into a great rocker. No Way is a good, bluesy rocker. Given To Fly is one of their all time best songs. This song is so exciting, the way the verses build from low to loud, and the chorus is great. Amazing guitar in this song as well. Wishlist is slightly boring, better live. Pilate is a good song, starts off slow and builds into an angry chorus. Do The Evolution is a chaotic punk song. Very interesting lyrics, crazy vocals, awesome guitar lines. One of their best live songs. Untitled (red dot) isn't really a song. The Untitled they play live is a hundred times better. But the next song, MFC, is one of the best on the album. A two and a half minute rocker about a car. Cool stuff. Low Light is one of the most beautiful songs they ever wrote. Great vocal performance and nice guitar. I was fortunate enough to see a rare performance of this live at MSG (there is a bootleg AND a DVD of this show available in stores). In Hiding is another one of the best songs on the album. Upbeat song with a phenomenal chorus. Push Me Pull Me is not really a song, skip it. All Those Yesterdays closes out the album, a great Beatles-esque song. Nice melodies, and the Beatles influence shines through. Great ending to a great album....more info
  • Simply amazing
    This is just an all around great album that shows the true colors of pearl jam.
    1. Brain of J- kind of a strange way to start a cd, up beat, over all not bad 7/10

    2. Faithful- just an amazing song, nothing really more to say about it. 10/10

    3. No way- A more low slow pounding rock song, really grows on you, espically live. 8/10

    4. Given to fly- Another simply amazing song that words cant really describe, makes the cd worth it 11/10

    5. Wishlist- a slow song that is really down to earth, and easy to listen to. one line sums it up for me " i wish i was the verb to trust and never let you down" 10/10

    6. Pilate- Another darker song, really gotta listen to the lyrics to get what is going on and what he is really saying, another one that has to grow on you 7.5/10

    7. Do the evolution- Classic hard rocking pearl jam, nuff said 9/10

    8. Red dot- strange, very strange. "we're all crazy, we're all crazy at war", i just sang the whole thing for you, not worht rating

    9. MFC- an up tempo song that really gets you going, means mini fast car, 9/10

    10. Low light- A beautifully written song that just gets better every time you listen to it. excellent live 10/10

    11. In hiding- what i consider to be the most under rated songs on the entire cd, another beautiful song 11/10

    12. Push me, Pull me- strange, mostly eddie talking 6/10

    13. All those yesterdays- An absolutely great way to end an amazing cd, really makes you think, starts off slow n ends strong. 10/10

    Only one thing left to say BUY IT one of their best full albums since "Ten"...more info
  • Best PJ disk out there
    I am a huge fan of Pearl Jam and most of what they do. Most of their CDs start out good, but then slow WAYYYYY down, so I skip those slow songs. This usually means that I am skipping 4 or 5 tracks-per-14-song-disk. Yield is the only one that I can listen all the way through with no skips. It is a solid release with all of my personal favorites, including two quiet but well done songs, Given to Fly and Wishlist. I give this CD a 5 out of 5. This disk is staying in my CD player for months to come....more info
  • My review on Yield and why I loved the album
    Yield is the greatest album from Pearl Jam that I used love to listen with song like " Given to fly " and " Low Light " make this album the greatest to listen instead of their recent album !
    Yield by Pearl Jam made me big hug fan of their band and one the all time best album ! CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF ! ...more info
  • Pearl Jam's hidden masterpiece
    I guess every artist or group that puts out enough records will have an album like Yield, that is a great group of songs and performances that do not get the credit they deserve as time moves on. It is probably because by the time Yield came out people had just grown to expect greatness from this Seattle outfit and another great Pearl Jam record wasn't anything new.

    As time has gone on, Pearl Jam's first three records of energetic, angry hard rock have been lauded time and time again as the band's high point, while that maybe true commercially, in my opinion the band has never put out a better album from beginning to end then Yield. (And right now I absolutely love their new self-titled record.)

    Starting off with the energy of Brain of J all the way to the calm laments of All Those Yesterdays, this is the sound of the band getting off their crazy trip through the early 90's and making their peace with what they had become and where they were going. This is due to an almost calm precision throughout the record, the album sounds polished and together with even experiments like Push Me, Pull Me seeming not odd, but just what Pearl Jam does (see Bugs).

    Nowhere does the sense of a door closing appear more then on the third song No Way. Starting off with a slow guitar grind leading to a chorus of "I'll stop trying to make a difference/ I'm not trying to make a difference," the song acts as a clear admission that their earlier days of challenging every known industry norm (Ticketmaster, not doing videos) were no longer as big an issue, but the ending "no way" was also the band saying "we're not done being a total pain either."

    Lowlight meanwhile offers a glimpse of the direction the band was going. A beautiful, melodic ballad that isn't layered with a sense of sadness (unlike earlier slow songs such as Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town), this song shows a band removing layers off anger and reveals a peaceful sound and style. As if the song is putting to bed all the previous challenges the group had, it's also the highlight of the record (and of their career, recently they played this song at a concert I attended in 2006 and it received a huge reaction.)

    This record confirmed that Pearl Jam weren't going anywhere (a rarity for their style of music) and would keep being creative and daring, but were done being angry young men 24/7 (which has burned out many a band's sound and careers). On Wishlist, another calm melodic beauty anchored by the simplest of riffs Eddie Vedder summarizes this mood perfectly with "I wish I were a messenger and all the news was good." For this band and that time, this type of statement was something new, whether anyone noticed or remembers is another issue.


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