Backspacer is 7 years old

igotid88igotid88 Posts: 12,908
edited September 2016 in The Porch
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  • Big Bank HankBig Bank Hank Seattle, WAPosts: 7,834
    edited September 2014
    6 songs I like:
    Amongst The Waves (GREAT)
    Force Of Nature (GREAT)
    Speed Of Sound
    Got Some
    Supersonic
    The End
    and you can have the rest of it, my 11th favorite Pearl Jam album
    okay actually I don't mind Just Breathe
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  • Big Bank HankBig Bank Hank Seattle, WAPosts: 7,834
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  • igotid88igotid88 Posts: 12,908
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  • Big Bank HankBig Bank Hank Seattle, WAPosts: 7,834
    Just Breathe is alright, I guess I warmed up to it after Eddie dedicated it to his daughter Harper for her 3rd birthday, since he had to miss it, it made me see the song from a different perspective
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  • vaggar99vaggar99 San Diego USAPosts: 2,111
    that video looks like it was made with my old iPhone 3G
  • Big Bank HankBig Bank Hank Seattle, WAPosts: 7,834
    vaggar99 said:

    that video looks like it was made with my old iPhone 3G

    lol, they only made 2 videos for Backspacer (The Fixer and Amongst The Waves)
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  • igotid88igotid88 Posts: 12,908
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  • igotid88igotid88 Posts: 12,908
    7 years
    I miss igotid88
  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 2,522
    My favorite 21st century PJ album. Very accessible. Easy listen. For whatever reason i grab this off the shelf than any other of their albums post-Yield
  • buck502000buck502000 Birthplace of GIBSON guitarPosts: 6,631
    edited September 2016
    It's a mouthy 7 year old now... ;)
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    NO SAMPLES, KEYBOARDS OR SYNTHESIZERS USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS RECORDING....
  • Wma31394Wma31394 Posts: 2,851
    igotid88 said:

    I think the band took terrible promo pictures in this era.
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  • SVRDhand13SVRDhand13 NYCPosts: 23,581
    Time flies when you're having fun
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  • CK150886CK150886 In My Tree, ONPosts: 153
    A straight up fun rock album!
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  • kerbjackkerbjack kamloops bcPosts: 94
    edited September 2016
    7 years ago my wife and I were about a month away from welcoming triplets into the world to join out older daughter. Of course listening to the album, the lyrics from Just Breathe hit really hit home for me, so much so that about 2 years ago I put my heart (and kids intials) on my sleeve.

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  • Super fun quick little album, but It's probably my least favorite.
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  • pjalive21pjalive21 St. Louis, MOPosts: 2,797
    Amongst the Waves!
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  • Going to put this one on now.
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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 2,522
    I think i love every song besides Johnny Guitar lol. Thats a good percentage. Better than some of their other albums
  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 29,273

    I think i love every song besides Johnny Guitar lol. Thats a good percentage. Better than some of their other albums

    Johnny Guitar & The Fixer are the only tunes that I usually skip. Not a terrible album...
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  • morellomorello Auckland, New ZealandPosts: 6,125
    edited September 2016
    I know a lot of folks don't like Backspacer that much buttttttt it got me back into PJ after not listening to them since the mid 90s & 20 shows, 14 cities, 9 countries in the ensuing 5 years, yeah not too bad of an album!! :joy: Happy birthday Backspacer! :grin:
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  • My favorite 21st century PJ album. Very accessible. Easy listen. For whatever reason i grab this off the shelf than any other of their albums post-Yield

    Me too. Love this album. Don't understand any opinion otherwise
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  • Am I the only person who cringes completely with the "gems and rhinestones" line in Unthought Known. One of Ed's worst lyric lines.
  • october22october22 Posts: 2,475
    I still can't get into it. It does, however, make me happy that others love it because it keeps me positive about the band in general.

    I'm just sort of baffled by the direction they've taken as they're getting older. It's like they're going backwards. I wish we were getting more Off He Goes or Binaural-type stuff now (remember the days when Evacuation was considered their worst song?? I listen to that song now and it sounds brilliant).

    The new "introspective" songs feel more like Eddie solo songs and lack the mystery of earlier work. That's the key word for me: mystery. Pearl Jam always had an element of mystery and it's what really separated them from other bands. I feel like their more recent efforts, in an attempt at straight-forward rock with more simplistic lyrics and themes, are a step back for them. All that said, I really don't mean to come off like I'm bashing them. It's just my opinion as of late, and I still can't wait for what still lies ahead.
  • buck502000buck502000 Birthplace of GIBSON guitarPosts: 6,631

    Am I the only person who cringes completely with the "gems and rhinestones" line in Unthought Known. One of Ed's worst lyric lines.

    I will used to be like you, until I witnessed this -
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  • EB218946EB218946 New JerseyPosts: 1,179
    that was badass. Ed is a stud.
  • drewski_662drewski_662 Posts: 50
    edited September 2016
    I've said this before on another thread, but the demo of Speed of Sound is (in my mind) 100 times greater than the full band version. It's so personal. You can hear the longing in his singing and in the message he is putting out there.
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  • Great record - will always remind me of when I met @mfc2006 & we started writing songs together. Love how PJ records are like their own time capsules.
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  • brolocobroloco Posts: 1,207

    Am I the only person who cringes completely with the "gems and rhinestones" line in Unthought Known. One of Ed's worst lyric lines.

    My favorite moment on Backspacer! Interesting to know your different perspective though.
  • vant0037vant0037 Posts: 4,973

    Am I the only person who cringes completely with the "gems and rhinestones" line in Unthought Known. One of Ed's worst lyric lines.

    Not half as bad as "I wanna live my life with the volume full." Yuck. Sounds like a Doritos slogan.

    The album has its moments (GSMF, Got Some, Johnny Guitar), but it ultimately feels very tired. The fact that the album is so short and tight, with little built in space for experimenting live or drawing songs out with solos etc, always seemed to be the perfect cover (a "fun" or "quick" garage rock album) for a band that was out of ideas. They seem to recognize how tightly built the songs are too, when you consider how little they do live with the songs that do have a little space built in (e.g. Supersonic is played straight to the point virtually every time).

    I don't hate the album, but I'll always think of it as the album from the period when they were at a career crossroads. Keep going? Become a one-off festival band? Reinvent themselves? To put it in perspective: how different have the Lightning Bolt tour years felt than the Backspacer tour years? It seems as though they recognized in the post-Backspacer years the potential for the legacy they could build. In 2009, they weren't sure what to do next but release a short, uninspired album that hasn't matched their intense live persona (3 songs somewhat regularly played, at most). In 2016, they've recognized where their future as a band lies. Hopefully, that will be reflected in whatever their next step is.
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