Originally Posted by improbus
After I wrote this, I started to feel some tinges of regret. So, I went back and listened to their first three albums and had some interesting and new/old observations.
1) When they and Nirvana hit, I remembering feeling that they were something totally new (I had no idea about the Pixies and others, but this was the early 90s and I only knew what was on the radio). But, they sounded much closer to many of those 80s bands they were "rebelling" against than I remember. Switch Eddie's brood for Axl's screech and those bands don't seem as different as I remember.
2) Their first two albums could just be called, "20 or so Power Ballads".
3) I can't tell if I like or hate Eddie Veddar's voice.
4) They had some legitametly great tunes. I loved hearing "Oceans", "Dissident", and "Immortalitly" again.
I think my earlier words were a little too harsh. My musical tasted have certainly changed and broadened over the years, but Pearl Jam does still have a place in my rotation.
On the "softer" songs I think Eddie's voice is easily in my top 5. He puts (or sells, some might say) some serious emotion into his songs.
But I would agree, stuff like "Evenflow" just hasn't aged well.