Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Some hardcore grunge fans (read: Nirvana devotees still mourning the suicide of Kurt Cobain the previous year) didn't warm to the Mirror Ball album which paired “the godfather of grunge” Neil Young with Pearl Jam (whom many Nirvana fans thought were just a hard rock band coat-tailing the Seattle/grunge scene).
However the album got pretty good reviews and very sound sales for its surging rock power, wayward intensity and enjoyably knocked-off songs.
The songs did lack focus and Pearl Jam were more into the noise and enthusiasm of the project (which only took four days) than playing to their strengths.
But among the better tracks is this, a seven minute tsunami of rock noise with an almost anthemic quality as Pearl Jam offer something akin to a wide-screen version of the clunking and relentlessness of Crazy Horse.
Play very loud.
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