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  • SpagsSpags Leigh-on-Sea, UKPosts: 2,713
    Was their attempt at a pop album tbh, glad it wasn't a commercial success or they may well have carried on in that vein...

    Guilty pleasure album for me.
    Nature drunk and High
  • still IN LOVE with many of the songs. especially the fixer and just breathe and amongst the waves and um and...
  • Wma31394Wma31394 Posts: 2,905

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

    Probably
    "Going where the water tastes like wine!"
  • Wma31394Wma31394 Posts: 2,905

    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.

    Anything come out of the "backspacer writing sessions"?
    "Going where the water tastes like wine!"
  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 3,303

    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.

    Agree. Its amazing and shouldve been on the album.

    I think BS as a whole is a Brendan Obrien/Pearl Jam experiment to write a few really accessible tunes and theres never anything wrong with that. It was a welcome surprise to my ears. The Fixer is a great song from Matt. Just Breathe hits me hard. Unthought, Amongst, The End, all great tunes.

    I know a lot of people who love Avocado to death and i just cant get into it, even after 10 yrs. Thats why i can understand if someone doesnt like Backspacer. A wide range of LPs to pick from. Give us more!

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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 37,930
    edited September 2016

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

    No you're not the only one. I think that is my least favorite PJ lyric of all time, and the whole song makes me uncomfortable. Every time I hear it I still can't believe that Eddie wrote it.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
  • CROJAM95CROJAM95 Posts: 5,459
    Force of Nature is so damn good

    Needs more Live Love
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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 3,303
    edited September 2016
    That one moment where he goes "makes me ache Makes me shake!" is vintage Eddie. Love that part
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  • northerndragonnortherndragon somewhere, nowhere, anywherePosts: 9,336
    I love me some Backspacer, we'll except for Just Breathe. Could do without that one but other than that some really good tunes on there. A few have become very significant in my life.
    Anything you lose from being honest
    You never really had to begin with.


    Sometimes it's not the song that makes you emotional it's the people and things that come to your mind when you hear it.
  • pjalive21pjalive21 St. Louis, MOPosts: 2,797
    I always find it funny how people hate on Just Breathe because it was a commercial success...its a good song, it got played on contemporary radio..deal with it...ive appreciated this album more and more over the years
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  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 9,568
    pjalive21 said:

    I always find it funny how people hate on Just Breathe because it was a commercial success...its a good song, it got played on contemporary radio..deal with it...ive appreciated this album more and more over the years

    Every time I hear that song it gets closer and closer to being in my Top 10 PJ tunes.
  • TikiTiki USAPosts: 4,960

    Don't care what anyone says, I fucking love Backspacer!

    word
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  • northerndragonnortherndragon somewhere, nowhere, anywherePosts: 9,336
    pjalive21 said:

    I always find it funny how people hate on Just Breathe because it was a commercial success...its a good song, it got played on contemporary radio..deal with it...ive appreciated this album more and more over the years

    I don't hate on it because it was a commercial success. I just don't like the song. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me and I feel that it's trite. Not saying no one can like just that I don't. Deal with it.
    Anything you lose from being honest
    You never really had to begin with.


    Sometimes it's not the song that makes you emotional it's the people and things that come to your mind when you hear it.
  • Agreed. I think Just Breathe is simplistic musically, vanilla lyrically and a drag live. I have nothing against it commercially. In fact, if there's a saving grace for it-it's that it was successful on the radio. I'd just prefer if a song were to expose PJ to the masses it would be something like Got Some or Getaway. Not cookie cutter tunes like Just Breathe.
  • there's a ton of beatles song i would say are cookie cutter...but anyways!
    the fact that willie&lukas nailed that video only adds to it's special meaning for me. then hearing ed and willie chat about it. cut it any way you want but willie is a musical hero/treasure. that last verse sung/shared between willie&lukas after the final guitar solo. WOW
    that song in telluride this summer was def one of the most precious PJ moments i will hold close for a long time
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  • NinetytworulesNinetytworules BostonPosts: 176
    I love this album. I don't get the hate. Listening to Johnny Guitar makes feel like Joe Jackson just dropped a new single. My third favorite album.
  • 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.

    I agree. Replace the Bon Jovi version of speed of sound on the album with the demo version (and maybe change some of the cringeworthy lyrics on the fixer and supersonic) and I could see a case for it being their best post-yield album
  • Wma31394 said:

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

    Probably
    In the most sincerest way yes.
    I love that lyric. In fact it gives me chills and I can't wait to hear it when it is blasting in the car.
    His voice is same as in MFS when he does his rant about father being dead and gone.
    He is in a space when he says it.
    With gems and rhinestones is a great lyric and delivered like only EV can.
    Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both ideas are overwhelming. AE
  • ehbaconehbacon Posts: 1,786

    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 -
    that performance made me fall in love with the song too, I think that was the highlight of the show for me.
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 37,930
    edited October 2016

    pjalive21 said:

    I always find it funny how people hate on Just Breathe because it was a commercial success...its a good song, it got played on contemporary radio..deal with it...ive appreciated this album more and more over the years

    I don't hate on it because it was a commercial success. I just don't like the song. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me and I feel that it's trite. Not saying no one can like just that I don't. Deal with it.
    Ditto. I would never dislike a PJ song because it's a commercial success. Actually, I'd be really happy if something PJ did became a real commercial success again. If I don't like a song, it's because I don't like the actual song (and in this case, pretty much the entire album). Period.
    With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. ~ Desiderata
  • ehbacon said:

    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 -
    that performance made me fall in love with the song too, I think that was the highlight of the show for me.
    Good stuff.
    Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both ideas are overwhelming. AE
  • Wma31394 said:

    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.

    Anything come out of the "backspacer writing sessions"?
    Around 25 songs that fall and another 40 or more in the years following...
    www.cluthelee.com
  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 30,111

    Wma31394 said:

    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.

    Anything come out of the "backspacer writing sessions"?
    Around 25 songs that fall and another 40 or more in the years following...
    With plenty more to come
    I LOVE MUSIC.
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  • Dr. DelightDr. Delight Posts: 10,631
    Backspacer..so mediocre. Then LB came along and now its not too bad. :lol:
    And so you see, I have come to doubt
    All that I once held as true
    I stand alone without beliefs
    The only truth I know is you.
  • Backspacer..so mediocre. Then LB came along and now its not too bad. :lol:

    Never understood the hate for BS save 1or2 posters.
    Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both ideas are overwhelming. AE
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  • BettrMan21BettrMan21 Chattanooga,TnPosts: 178
    Backspacer, to me, always felt incomplete as a record as do some of the songs. Unthought and Just Breathe seem like they're cut short or something. I think there are some excellent songs on that record and still listen to it from time to time. I do understand the lack of love for it as it does just feel like they were writing and recording and just - didn't finish. All of that aside, good grief I am aching for some new music. I mean, 4 - looking at potentially 5 - years is plenty. It's not like these guys aren't alive and vibrant for their age.
  • PapPap Serres, GreecePosts: 17,894

    Ooh, yeah! All right!
    Were [Pearl] jammin
    I wanna [Pearl] jam it wid you.
    Were [Pearl] jammin, [Pearl] jammin
    And I hope you like [Pearl] jammin too.


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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 3,303
    edited September 20
    Really like this album.  My favorite album post Yield. I come back to these tunes more than any of the 21st century PJ albums.  

    I still wish Speed of Sound was the demo version but i only skip 2 songs on the entire album. 
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