Hard rock album reviews: Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Metallica and The Answer

11 Oct


Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

The urgent, angsty teenage howl and rapid burn-out of Nirvana in the early 1990s suggested grunge wasn’t built to last.

But recent albums from Alice In Chains and Soundgarden have demonstrated that Seattle’s survivors are capable of charting the more varied emotional terrain of middle age.

Pearl Jam, grunge’s most consistently successful graduates, also now return with a new album.

The excellent Lightning Bolt (Monkeywrench/Republic) kicks off with the punk-rock charge of Getaway and Mind Your Manners, before heading off into moodier, mid-tempo territory with Sirens and ending with the wistful balladry of Future Days.

All of which goes to show that the band’s strong songwriting, topped off with Eddie Vedder’s warm baritone warble, remains a winning formula.

Linkin Park – Recharged

After Reanimation, the hip 2002 makeover of the mega-selling Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said he’d never do another remix album.


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