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Reviewed: Pearl Jam's Amazing Live Album; Iron and Wine Scores With Major Label Debut

Plus: New music from Destroyer, R.E.M., Dom featuring Gucci Mane, Gang of Four and more

January 25, 2011 12:30 PM ET
Reviewed: Pearl Jam's Amazing Live Album; Iron and Wine Scores With Major Label Debut

There's a lot to be excited about in this week's slate of new Rolling Stone reviews. Andy Greene gave Pearl Jam's latest live album Live on Ten Legs a rave review, proclaiming that all 18 tracks on the record, including huge hits such as "Jeremy" and "Alive", sound better than their studio counterparts.

Meanwhile, Jody Rosen praised Iron and Wine's major label debut Kiss Each Other Clean for its "crystalline clarity," Jon Dolan admired the "early-Eighties smoothness" of Destroyer's new record Kaputt and David Fricke hailed the deluxe Hear Me Howling! anthology of blues and folk ballad. But Gang of Four's first album in 16 years was not so highly recommended, with Dolan concluding that its political tunes are "anti-capitalist mainly because you won't enjoy owning it."

On the singles front, Dolan gave high marks to R.E.M.'s new track "Oh My Heart" and expressed his fascination with the unlikely combination of the indie-pop band Dom and rapper Gucci Mane on the remix of the Dom song "Living in America."

Albums:

Pearl Jam - Live on Ten Legs (stream one song)

Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean (stream full album)

Destroyer - Kaputt (stream two songs)

Wanda Jackson - The Party Ain't Over (stream one song)

Gang of Four - Content (stream two songs)

Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil (stream one song)

Various Artists - Hear Me Howling! Blues, Ballads & Beyond (stream two songs)

Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours (stream one song)

Singles:

R.E.M. "Oh My Heart" (stream)

Dom feat. Gucci Mane "Living in America (Remix)" (stream)

Best Coast "When You Wake Up" (stream)

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