After years of silence (if you don't count the five jillion live albums) the anticipation generated by a new Pearl Jam record says a lot about the band's stature. Despite their long absence, they still remain one of the most widely-respected bands. And with good reason. On their new disc, Pearl Jam definitely bristles with an energy that has been missing for years. The anger and pure volume doesn't let up for the first four songs, and when Eddie finally does sit down to sing ("Parachutes"), it's a revelation and quite a departure from their usual ballad style.