Especially since a lot of Lost Dogs is hardly worth any great pursuit. The unreleased "Hold On" is moan-and-drone PJ boilerplate where a Wilson Phillips cover would've delighted; "Alive" B-side "Wash" is a jam-wank "Black"; "Dirty Frank" sadly apes the Red Hot Chili Peppers' anemic funk-rock.
But stuff such as the 2000 outtake "Fatal" and the haunting seven-inch curio "Dead Man" (originally recorded for the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking) showcase the band's folk-punk side (as heard on last year's underappreciated Riot Act), and goofs like the surf cover "Gremmie Out of Control" counter the accepted notion that Eddie Vedder is incapable of laughter. Plus, the hit cover of teen-melodrama oldie "Last Kiss" proves that even Pearl Jam can still occasionally reach the mass audience for which they designed themselves.
Consequently, Lost Dogs is an uneven flow of unearthed treasure and fool's gold.
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