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Nov. 12, 2002


3.518 (average of 12 ratings)


grunge rock


A muscular art rock record, one that still hits hard but that is filled with ragged edges and odd detours. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Cant Keep
  2. Save You
  3. Love Boat Captain
  4. Cropduster
  5. Ghost
  6. I Am Mine
  7. Thumbing My Way
  8. You Are
  9. Get Right
  10. Green Disease
  11. Helphelp
  12. Bushleaguer
  13. 1/2 Full
  14. Arc
  15. All Or None

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 0.51
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 1.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 5
peak on U.K. album chart 34

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • I Am Mine (10/5/02) #43 US, #26 UK, #7 AR, #6 MR
  • Bushleaguer (11/15/02) --
  • Save You (12/28/02) #23 AR, #29 MR
  • Love Boat Captain (2/11/03) --

Riot Act

Pearl Jam


In some ways, Riot Act is the album that Pearl Jam has been wanting to make since Vitalogy a muscular art rock record, one that still hits hard but that is filled with ragged edges and odd detours. Vitalogy found the band sketching out their ideas for their brand of artsy rock, separating bracing hard rock and experimentalism throughout that fascinating album, and since then they bounced between those two extremes: indulging themselves on No Code, over-compensating with the streamlined Yield. Here, they manage to seamlessly blend the two impulses together in a restless, passionate record that delivers musically and emotionally. STE

If it doesnt announce itself as a comeback or a great step forward, its because the changes are subtle its a process of their post-Vitalogy sound finally gelling, not making an artistic breakthrough. Given the appealing but haphazard nature of their late-90s work, its quite satisfying to have a Pearl Jam album play as strongly as Riot Act, and again some credit must be given to drummer Matt Cameron. He enlivened 2000s Binaural, but his forceful drumming gives the weirder songs and ambitions support and urgency. STE

Also, the production is the best in nearly a decade a warm, burnished sound filled with details that enhance the basic song instead of overwhelming them (in other words, its not No Code, nor is it the Spartan Yield). Again, these are subtle shifts in sound, but they are notable and, given several plays, this does indeed seem like the richest record Pearl Jam has made in a long time. STE

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Last updated March 31, 2011.