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Reviewed: Pearl Jam's Early Classics Reissued; Wiz Khalifa's Stoner Rap Debut and More

Stream new music by Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and others

March 29, 2011 8:30 AM ET
Reviewed: Pearl Jam's Early Classics Reissued; Wiz Khalifa's Stoner Rap Debut and More

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Nick Catucci revisits Pearl Jam's second and third albums, Vs. and Vitalogy, which are being released again as expanded, remastered deluxe sets. Jon Dolan reviewed the latest from Swedish indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John, which he says is a brawnier, more pumped-up version of their usual tuneful rock. Dolan also reviewed Wiz Khalifa's major label debut Rolling Papers, which he appreciates for its "surreal joyousness," and Jody Rosen says that Jennifer Hudson's new album I Remember Me is modern while calling back back to the adult-oriented R&B of Anita Baker and Toni Braxton.

ALBUMS

Pearl Jam - Vs. (view box set trailer)

Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (view box set trailer)

Jennifer Hudson - I Remember Me (stream one song)

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck (stream one song)

Neil Diamond - The Bang Years 1966-1968 (stream one song)

Mike Watt - Hyphenated-Man (stream one song)

Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3 - Northern Aggression (stream one song)

Britney Spears - Femme Fatale (stream two songs)

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers (stream one song)

Derek and the Dominoes - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (stream one song)

Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (stream full album)

Sum 41 - Screaming Bloody Murder (stream one song)

Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields (stream one song)

Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose (stream one song)

Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some (stream one song)

Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York (stream one song)

SONGS

Death Cab for Cutie "Codes and Keys" (stream)

Arctic Monkeys "Brick by Brick" (stream)

Sky Ferreira "Sex Rules" (stream)

Ponytail "Easy Peasy" (stream)

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