JEFF AMENT HEAVEN/HELL (Nu­clear Blast)

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FOR FANS OF: Pearl Jam, Mark Lane­gan ■ They say the road to hell is paved with good in­ten­tions, but for Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament it’s paved with para­noid or­gans, en­vi­ron­men­tal ne­glect and re­al­ity TV pres­i­dents. Case in point, Safe In The Car is a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic road trip of queasy rhythms and crazed vi­sions, with glimpses of sal­va­tion as An­gel Olsen’s vo­cals punc­ture the gloom. It’s an omi­nous, but strangely sym­phonic, mood piece and as with his pre­vi­ous two solo al­bums, Jeff is em­brac­ing his ex­per­i­men­tal side here. Through nar­co­tised mum­bles and body­dis­so­cia­tive per­cus­sion, Drugs emerges into a string-laden mo­ment of clar­ity, while Choose Your Colour is an acous­tic mantra that lights a cig­a­rette on a moun­tain­side to watch the world go up in flames. Ad­mit­tedly, this is very much the sound of Jeff keep­ing the cre­ative juices tick­ing over while his other band shift into gear. But if you were travelling the road to King­dom Come, then Heaven/hell makes for an ap­pro­pri­ately dystopian sound­track. JAMES MACK­IN­NON

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