The last pup on Lost Dogs — two CDs of non-LP flotsam from Pearl Jam's first eleven years — is an unlisted song for a lost soul: Layne Staley of Alice in Chains. Written by Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder the night he heard of Staley's fatal overdose, "4/20/02" is Vedder alone, on shuddering electric guitar, drowning in loss and rage: "So, sing just like him, fuckers/It won't offend him/Just me/Because he's dead." Too black-and-blue for last year's Riot Act, the track fits perfectly in this anything-goes rodeo, along with the 1996 benefit-album cover of the old Motown corker "Leaving Here" (given a Who-via-Mot?rhead bruising) and the 1991 rap-metal prank "Dirty Frank," honoring a Pearl Jam tour-bus driver. There is plenty of heavy here, and much of it should have been on long player earlier, such as the No Code-era rocket "All Night" and the 1993 B side "Alone," a crushing chunk of metal from back when grunge was not a dirty word. But the real surprise is the deep library of great ballads here: the wintry sadness of "Strangest Tribe"; the Hendrix-ian glow of "Yellow Ledbetter." In fact, for an album of odds 'n' sods, Lost Dogs sure sounds a lot like a pack of hits.
Lost Dogs: Rarities and B Sides
- Lost Dogs: Rarities and B Sides
- Pearl Jam
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Around the Web
Cinema BlendThe 10 Worst Movies Of The Past Year
Cracked5 Iconic Songs Despised by the People Who Created Them
SalonThe 20 Most Underrated Albums Of All Time
Cracked7 Musicians Whose Trademark Looks Were Hiding Something
Mental Floss15 Famous Songs With Misunderstood Meanings
Cinema Blend20 Misconceptions About Sex
- Dave Matthews on Summer Tour: 'We're Trying Not to Suck'
- Brothers Johnson's Louis Johnson, Michael Jackson Bassist, Dead at 60
- Watch Coldplay Adapt 'Game of Thrones' Into Ridiculous Musical
- Hear Drake and Beyonce Ask 'Can I' on Leaked Song
- 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
- Letterman Fan Details Every Frame in Final Show Montage
- Inside U2's 'Innocence' Spectacle: A Backstage Q&A With Bono and Edge
- Taylor Swift Breaks Down Banjo-Free 1989 Tour: 'It's Not a Country Show'