by Pearl Jam

Original Release Date: 1993-10-19


Decades after the fact, it’s easy to forget that in grunge’s heyday, Pearl Jam were even bigger than Nirvana. Though Kurt Cobain became the scene’s icon (especially in death), Pearl Jam commanded the attention of an even wider swathe of listeners. Their second album, Vs., marks the moment where the band proved that both they and the movement they spearheaded had the legs to move forward and evolve. In the wake of their debut’s record-breaking success and resultant overexposure, Pearl Jam tried to avoid making another blockbuster. Vs. is less polished and anthemic than Ten; the songs are more idiosyncratic, and the band declined to make music videos for the singles. The core elements of the sound that made Pearl Jam superstars are still evident here—the big, blazing riffs on tunes like “Blood” and “Animal”, and Vedder’s leonine roar throughout most of the album. But the band were branching out into new directions, too. The syncopated grooves of “Rats” and “W.M.A.” show the grunge gods could be funky when they wanted to. “Glorified G” mates its anti-gun message with a rather R.E.M.-ish, much poppier feel. Perhaps most significantly, a good chunk of Vs. explores a quieter, more melodic side, as heard on the ghostly, nearly ambient “Indifference”, the lyrically and sonically small-scale character study “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town”, and the hooky, acoustic-strumming “Daughter”, which became the album’s biggest hit. But when they let loose on the rockers, they reminded the world of the fury and abandon that made them heroes in the first place.


  1. Go
  2. Animal
  3. Daughter
  4. Glorified G
  5. Dissident
  6. W.M.A.
  7. Blood
  8. Rearviewmirror
  9. Rats
  10. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
  11. Leash
  12. Indifference

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vs._(Pearl_Jam_album)
Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue Remastered Repress (Clear, 30th Anniversary)
Label Epic
Catalog Number 19658836871
Notes Gatefold sleeve. Record housed in a poly-lined innersleeve. Comes with a double sided, 12x12" replica printed insert. Runouts are etched. Pressed in The Netherlands by [l=Record Industry] using the same stampers of [r=8354355] Black Hype sticker: VINYL EDITION 30TH ANNIVERSARY The explosive second album, Remastered for vinyl featuring “Go”, “Daughter”, “Animal”, “Dissident” and more! 19658836871 White/Silver Hype Sticker: CLEAR COLOURED VINYL © 1993, 2011 Sony Music Entertainment / ℗ 1993 Sony Music Entertainment / Distributed by Epic, A Division of Sony Music Entertainment
Discogs URL Pearl Jam - Vs.