next on my list of the 15 best albums of my life, is pearl jam's vitalogy. you need to understand that i have this whole love/hate relationship with pearl jam that has been an ongoing affair ever since i first heard "alive" in high school. i love vedder's voice. i love the guitar work. i love the drums. i love the way i can so easily get lost. i love the aggression. i love the social conscience. however, i'm not a fan of the antagonism towards religion and the sometimes inflammatory political rhetoric. still, of all the 'grunge' bands from seattle and the early '90's, pearl jam has proven to be the most enduring. while i like every album they've ever put out, vitalogy for me has the best collection of songs that i really love. plus, in a synergistic way, this album represents something more than just the sum of the songs. listening to the album (minus a couple of the tracks) is a spiritual experience for me. tracks like "not for you" and "corduroy" and "immortality" just speak to my soul. but my favorite tracks are what i call the "man" songs: "nothingman" and "better man," the latter of which you can listen to below.
any thoughts out there on pearl jam? do you love or hate them? or this album? my second fave pj album is no code, and my all time favorite pearl jam song is "yellow ledbetter."