New Music for Old Rockers – Pearl Jammin’ Edition

I’ve never been much of a Pearl Jam fan. I like some of their music, but it really never moved me much. Pearl Jam is officially 30 years old this year, and their last album was released in 2013 to modest reviews, so I figured they had packed it in as a band. Oops, was I wrong. Welcome, Gigaton, due to be released in March. If the rest of the album is like the first 2 songs made available, then watch out.

“Dance of the Clairvoyants” was the first song released and it definitely cooks with propane. Take a listen.

Love the bass line and drumming that drive this song forward with a vengance. And just when I thought the song was ready to end as a tight 3 minute tune, the song morphs into a dreamy jam for a tasty ending.

WARNING: Dad joke ahead. Proceed at your own risk.

Maybe I’m partial due to the title of the song. I used to date a Claire Voyant. It was weird. She never asked where we were going or what she should wear. She always seemed to know beforehand. Thank you for your pity laughs. I’ll be here all week.

And now, “Superblood Wolfmoon” was just released.

I love the energy. This song gets shot out of a cannon for the first 2 & 1/2 minutes before it treats us to a retro-sounding guitar solo. After a brief break, the energy builds again to a resounding finish.

Is 30 years too long to take to become a fan? All I know is that I like the first 2 songs a lot, like a gigaton, and I think that is a whole lotta like.