This is a bit ridiculous, we are about to finish week 42, and I’m gonna talk about the album of week 41. This has been a busy week, with terrible flu included, to make things harder. At this moment I still feel like shit, but I’m forcing myself to accomplish certain routines and obligations, so I’m gonna write about my album anyway.
Another week under Seattle influence, lately I’m recovering classic albums from my teenage days. Yes, I’m passing through a serious period of nostalgia. Never happened to me in such remarkable way before. 20 years anniversaries of certain album releases are to be blamed for this state. The funniest thing is that many people close to me are “suffering” same condition.
I discovered Ten late, thanks to MTV, but the following album releases I was ready with money in my pocket to get them as soon as they were sold. Remember with Vs. I was visiting the music department of El Corte Ingles every single day for one month, until the album eventually came out.
Vitalogy was different. In my last high school year, I got close to 3 other girls who loved rock bands and used to wear black clothes. They told me not to buy Vitalogy, so it came in vinyl as a late birthday present. It was a blast, and one of the most beautiful presents I’ve ever received. Not only because for the album itself, but for the effort and the caring attitude of my friends. Not sure Montse will read this, I’d love to, but would love to say thanks from the deepest in my heart. Such things I never forget.
To start with, album artwork is definitely one of the most amazing ones, totally different than anything I had seen before. On vinyl everything is big and clear enough to read, pictures, illustrations, lyrics… on CD I got to know the concept of digipak, a format not very useful when piling up CD’s, but definitely old ones were worth buying, because they were different and special.
Vitalogy is a more mature album, I think, wild times seemed to have gone, and it was time for the band to settle and focus on their future. Or so it seemed. This album was a changing point.
I don’t know where to start, most of songs are classics for me, Spin the Black Circle, a tribute to vinyls, beautiful Better Man, Nothingman, or Immortality, insane Bugs… all of them have something special.
Reading some blog posts yesterday, someone told something that really impressed me and now I’m taking as mine (Kar, hope you don’t mind, we share same feelings on this matter). More or less he was saying, talking about Pearl Jam is not just a subject on music, it goes beyond that, it has to do with our lives. And I agree.