The other day “Better Man” came on the radio as I was driving my son home from day camp. Instinctively I reached out and turned the radio up and then glanced in the rearview to gage my 4-year-old son’s reaction to the song. Nothing. Two minutes in — oh you know the moment I am talking about — the entire song shifts and it is mandatory to chime in and join the chorus, “Can’t find a better man!” My son was right in the song with me, head rocking, crooning, feeling.
Pearl Jam doesn’t seem to age. Their last album was 2009’s Backspacer which debuted in the number one spot on Billboard. It’s four years later and the band is hoping for some of the same enthusiasm to greet their new album, Lightening Bolt, in October this year. Lightening Bolt will be the band’s tenth album.
Deciding to take a look at the longevity of Pearl Jam to determine the root of its success, Ruth Blatt of Forbes declared Pearl Jam a “mature lifestyle business.” Ruth says: “Lifestyle businesses allow their owners to fulfill their ambitions without sacrificing things that are important to them.” She saw Pearl Jam’s decisions to stop making music videos, giving interviews, and going out on huge tours as a way for the band to keep making music without compromising the rest of their lives.
To give a hint of what we can expect on this new album “Mind Your Manners,” the first single from Lightening Bolt was released. Early reviews of the single have been positive.
August Brown from the LA Times says, “The double-time, punky tune, which recalls a lot of the classic hard core that preceded and influenced the band’s ’90s heyday, suggests that Pearl Jam isn’t remotely close to mellowing.”
I think “Mind Your Manners” is pretty punk rock and a lot faster than I was expecting from the band. I liked it the second time I heard it. What do you think?
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