Pearl Jam

Yield Epic, 1998

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Af­ter the stylis­tic left turn and sub­se­quent com­mer­cial fail­ure of No Code, the band’s fifth al­bum was a cor­rec­tive. While there were still low-key mo­ments – Given To Fly is Led Zep’s Go­ing To Cal­i­for­nia given a 90s makeover – the band tough­ened up their ap­proach on the garagey Brain Of J. and Do The Evo­lu­tion, even if they stopped short of re­turn­ing to the emo­tional scale of Ten.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, Yield marked a shift in the power balance – Ved­der ab­di­cated re­spon­si­bil­ity as chief de­ci­sion maker, lightening the mood within the group, and Pearl Jam were a band again.

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