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August 27, 1996


3.566 (average of 14 ratings)


grunge rock


“Pearl Jam’s richest and most rewarding album to date as well as their most human.” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Sometimes
  2. Hail, Hail
  3. Who You Are
  4. In My Tree
  5. Smile
  6. Off He Goes
  7. Habit
  8. Red Mosquito
  9. Lukin
  10. Present Tense
  11. Mankind
  12. I’m Open
  13. Around the Bend

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 1.4
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 3

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Who You Are (7/17/96) #27a US, #18 UK, #5 AR, #1 MR
  • Hail, Hail (9/14/96) #69a US, #9 AR, #9 MR
  • Red Mosquito (9/14/96) #37 AR
  • Off He Goes (1/4/97) #34 AR, #31 MR

No Code

Pearl Jam


“A strange phenomenon with anthemic hard rock bands is that when they begin to mature and branch out into new musical genres, they nearly always choose to embrace both the music and spirituality of the East and India, and Pearl Jam is no exception. Throughout No Code, Eddie Vedder expounds on his moral and spiritual dilemmas; where on previous albums his rage was virtually all-consuming, it is clear on No Code that he has embraced an unspecified religion as a way to ease his troubles. Fortunately, that has coincided with an expansion of the group’s musical palette. From the subtle, winding opener, Sometimes, and the near-prayer of the single, Who You Are, the band reaches into new territory, working with droning, mantra-like riffs and vocals, layered exotic percussion, and a newfound subtlety.” STE

“Of course, they haven’t left behind hard rock, but like any Pearl Jam record, the heart of No Code doesn’t lie in the harder songs, it lies in the slower numbers and the ballads, which give Vedder the best platform for his soul-searching: Present Tense, Off He Goes, In My Tree, and Around the Bend equal the group’s earlier masterpieces. While a bit too incoherent, No Code is Pearl Jam’s richest and most rewarding album to date as well as their most human. They might be maturing in a fairly conventional method, but they still find new ways to state old truths.” STE

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Last updated March 30, 2011.