Climate Unchanged: Parallels Between Vs. and Gigaton

CLINT BROWNLEE ON HOW MUSIC HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF Pearl Jam’s latest record is a cohesive statement on much that is sideways in America and the world, albeit intermittently veiled and unapologetically direct. The cover art may encourage your eyes to linger in awe—is that what I think it is?—but the imagery is not just intriguing, it’s pointed. The dozen varied songs, with vaguely visual and abrupt titles, regale the careful listener with repeated complaints, regrets, warnings. It both seethes and rocks (in the cradle sense). It punches, then caresses. It…