by Pearl Jam
Released: Feb 1998
Even as they retreated into the dark recesses beyond the celebrity spotlight, Pearl Jam blew open their thematic ambitions and sonic scope. Yield contains some of the band's most reliable hooks, ones that ride on the same dual-guitar grind as their previous work, but it also includes some truly epic statements. "Wishlist" finds Eddie at his most tender and lyrical, while "Do the Evolution" is the roughest science lesson ever given in Rock 'n' Roll 101. But it's the spiritual aspiration of "Given to Fly" that sends the album into the stratosphere.