Unplugged [DVD] Review

artist: Pearl Jam date: 07/09/2009 category: compact discs
Pearl Jam: Unplugged [DVD]
Release Date: March 24, 2009
On Unplugged Pearl Jam takes a new look at their first album, playing through it Unplugged and in a live setting before real fans.
 Sound: 8
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 7
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.3
Unplugged [DVD] Reviewed by: TheDissident, on july 09, 2009
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Sound: Pearl Jam's Ten was a musical masterpiece, a real breakthrough for Pearl Jam and an album that took the angst and energy of the 90's to the masses. On Unplugged (Available through the Deluxe Remastering) Pearl Jam takes a new look at their first album, playing through it Unplugged and in a live setting before real fans. Songs like Alive, Oceans, and Even Flow which utilized distortion so heavily on the original album are beautifully rewritten to work in an acoustic setting. Eddie really comes into his own during the show, singing with real emotion and obviously enjoying the up close feel of the audience and his band. Unfortunately for the sound, Stone's guitar is very quiet, taking away from the effect of Alive's and Even Flow's solos. Rhythms and riffs are still masterfully done, Black and Porch are real highlights of the show. The drums, however, were played with real sticks instead of the brush sticks favored in most acoustic settings, and they often overpower the rest of the band. // 8

Overall Impression: Overall, the DVD is an excellent buy and well worth the money spent on it. Though it's not as long or "worked on" as the other Unplugged albums by similar artists (most notably Nirvana's), Pearl Jam's Unplugged concert is an excellent demonstration of the band's live prowess and ability. Eddie Vedder is the real star on the DVD, his emotion and ability comes across crystal clear with the more subdued instruments and the smaller audience. Stone's remodeled solos (when audible) are also a great listen, and lend to the DVD being more than just a live play through of the album. Even with the sometimes poor sound and lack of flash, the Unplugged DVD is an excellent add to even the most moderate Pearl Jam fan's collection. // 9

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