main sponsor

Pearl Jam – Live On Ten Legs

While other bands fell by the wayside in the 21st Century Pearl Jam maintained their arena rock dominance but does that really warrant a sixth live album?

Thursday, 4. April 2013  -  by  David Hayter

Live On Ten Legs, Pearl Jam’s latest live LP, is designed to document their 2003-2010 world tours and is the spiritual descendent of their first ever live album Live On Two Legs which captured the band in the midst of their 1998 North American tour.

The intervening thirteen years saw Pearl Jam release no less than five live albums, and when approaching Live on Ten Legs you cannot help but question the purpose of its existence.

The album effectively documents Pearl Jam’s transition into the 21st Century, drawing heavily on their post-2000 works Binaural, Riot Act, Pearl Jam and Backspacer, integrating them effortlessly alongside their classic grunge era material. Unfortunately, while the execution is consistently crisp and professional, Live on Ten Legs feels too controlled and too contrived.

Everything is in its right place on this record, the super serious facade that Pearl Jam popularised in arena rock circles dominates, and there is no room for the chaos or frantic energy you’d expect from a rock and roll show.

Even when paying tribute to punk (and post-punk) pioneers Joe Strummer and Public Image Ltd, Vedder remains constrained; offering perfectly rehearsed covers of “Arms Aloft” and “Public Image” devoid of the unpredictable and unsettling edge that made those tracks classics.

Regardless Live on Ten Legs is still a slickly executed and enjoyable live LP that is sure to satisfy long-time fans and curious newcomers alike, even if it is unlikely to thrill or inspire them.

Previous Next

Follow Us

In The Magazine

20.04.2015 22:02The Who Hits 50: But Where Do They Go From Here?

The Who Hits 50: But Where Do They Go From Here?

Hampered by ill health, but never ones to retire shyly, The Who continue celebrating their 50th anniversary as they contemplate retirement.

Cat: Features
06.04.2015 23:14Don’t Call It A Comeback: Muse, Blur & Faith No More

Don’t Call It A Comeback: Muse, Blur & Faith No More

Guitar Planet grades the creative comebacks from three iconic artists who are attempting to give 2015 a much-needed injection of impetus.

Cat: Features
19.02.2015 22:10Album Round-up: Blackberry Smoke, Papa Roach & Venom

Album Round-up: Blackberry Smoke, Papa Roach & Venom

Guitar Planet takes on new albums by southern stars Blackberry Smoke, nu-metal icons Papa Roach and the legendary Venom.

Cat: Features
15.02.2015 19:345 Things We Learned From The Grammys

5 Things We Learned From The Grammys

The music industry’s glamorous state of the union address was delivered this weekend, but what did the Grammys have to say about guitar music?

Cat: Features
18.01.2015 11:25Hype Check: The Sound Of 2015

Hype Check: The Sound Of 2015

Guitar Planet takes on eight of the most hotly hyped artists seeking to make 2015 their own.

Cat: Features
go to Archive ->