Once upon a time, Pearl Jam's members seemed to live for a reaction, a trait that catapulted the band to the forefront of grunge. The band blazed its brand of arena rock for the sole purpose of shoving it in listeners' faces, and its faithful hung on every power chord and Eddie Vedder wail. In his lyrics, Vedder took on child abuse, suicide, the pitfalls of fame, abortion -- the hotter the button, the more passionate he became. Guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready and bassist Jeff Ament propelled the songs with a subtly controlled wall of guitar noise. They were easy to love -- and just as easy to hate. Earnestness tends to... More >>>