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New Reviews: Pearl Jam's Ecstatic Career Retrospective

Also: Stream new music by Mary J. Blige, Superheavy, Tony Bennett, Blink-182 and more

September 20, 2011 4:05 PM ET
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'Pearl Jam Twenty'
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In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Andy Greene says the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's new documentary Pearl Jam Twenty includes some of the most stunning moments from the career-spanning film, including a euphoric arena sing-along of "Better Man" and a triumphant cover of Mother Love Bone's "Crown of Thorns." Also, Will Hermes praises the debut album by Mick Jagger's new supergroup SuperHeavy, Monica Herrera pans the third record by Disney star Demi Lovato and Caryn Ganz writes that Mary J. Blige's new single, "25/8," is "goopy stuff" but "more neck-poppin' fun than Beyoncé's '1+1.'"

ALBUMS

Pearl Jam - Twenty (Soundtrack) (stream entire album)

SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy (stream one song)

Tony Bennett - Duets II (stream one song)

Demi Lovato - Unbroken (stream one song)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical (stream one song)

Big K.R.I.T. - Last King 2 (God's Machine) (stream one song)

Gavin DeGraw - Sweeter (stream one song)

Dave Stewart - The Blackbird Diaries (stream one song)

SONGS

Noel Gallagher - "AKA…What A Life!" (stream)

Blink-182 - "After Midnight" (stream)

Mary J. Blige - "25/8" (stream)

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