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The Seattle band once notable for its arena rock anthems is now remarkable mostly for its hushed melodies. On Pearl Jam's fifth album, the rockers seem slapdash ("Do the Evolution", "Brain of J"), and the arty experiments sound self-conscious (especially the 67-second knockoff, "-"). That leaves the ballads, especially the lovely lilt of "Low Light" and the clear-eyed lament of "Wishlist." On the latter song, Ed Vedder (as he now calls himself) yearns to be many different things, from a neutron bomb to a souvenir key chain. However, the line that sticks out is, "I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me." Instead of considering himself lucky to be a rock star, Vedder sounds relieved to have moved beyond it. --Keith Moerer

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tracklisting: Brain of J.
No Way
Given to Fly
Do the Evolution
Low Light
In Hiding
Push Me Pull Me
All Those Yesterdays
title: Yield
rating: 4
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 03-02-1998
price: $13.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137388384
genre: Grunge
fullTitle: Yield
currentValue: $1.94
created: 137388368
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
asin: B000002BYD
artist: Pearl Jam