Pearl Jam: No Code (1996)

pearl jam no codeBy Scott Goldfine

Pearl Jam, the pride of Seattle’s grunge rock scene, have released their fourth album. While the disc’s packaging and broad musical palette recall the Rolling Stones’ 1972 masterwork “Exile on Main Street,” Eddie Vedder and the gang fail to conjure up the magic of that classic.

The LP’s best tunes brim with the influence of Neil Young, who the band backed up on 1995’s better “Mirror Ball.”

GRADE: C+

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