Riot Act One title on Riot Act , "Half Full," sums it up: You can view the Jam jar as half empty, if you focus on how… Riot Act One title on Riot Act , "Half Full," sums it up: You can view the Jam jar as half empty, if you focus on how… 2002-11-12 Pearl Jam
Music Review

Riot Act (2002)

Pearl Jam, Riot Act | FOR VEDDER OR WORSE Though flawed, Pearl Jam's latest is a class ''Act''
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FOR VEDDER OR WORSE Though flawed, Pearl Jam's latest is a class ''Act''
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 12, 2002; Lead Performance: Pearl Jam

One title on Riot Act, ''Half Full,'' sums it up: You can view the Jam jar as half empty, if you focus on how Eddie's heartfelt lyrics rarely cohere, and how too few of the tense rhythmic setups build to the kind of ''Rearviewmirror''-style catharsis that would be something to ''Riot'' home about. Or you can be thankful that, absence of classics aside, one band's grooves still sound taut, emotive, and world-class, and not look a damn gift horse in the mouth.

Originally posted Nov 15, 2002 Published in issue #682 Nov 15, 2002 Order article reprints