Backspacer "If something's old, I wanna put a bit of shine on it," Eddie Vedder howls on "The Fixer," the first single from the band's ninth… Backspacer "If something's old, I wanna put a bit of shine on it," Eddie Vedder howls on "The Fixer," the first single from the band's ninth… 2009-09-20 Pearl Jam Rock
Music Review

Backspacer (2009)

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BEGIN HIS LIFE AGAIN Pearl Jam
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 20, 2009; Lead Performance: Pearl Jam; Genre: Rock

''If something's old, I wanna put a bit of shine on it,'' Eddie Vedder howls on ''The Fixer,'' the first single from the band's ninth studio album. Backspacer — named after a defunct typewriter key — is an ode to analog bygones, the sort of sweaty rock & roll that belongs in a bar with cracked-leather booths and $2 beers. The album grows same-y, but tracks like the surfing-as-life-metaphor anthem ''Amongst the Waves'' do indeed make something old feel, if not new, good again. B

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Originally posted Sep 16, 2009 Published in issue #1067 Sep 25, 2009 Order article reprints
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