Pearl Jam ”Merkin Ball” (Epic) Two leftovers from Mirror Ball reveal what happened when Eddie Vedder, not Neil Young, fronted this collaboration. ”I Got Id” is a standard PJ chest thumper, with Young’s dots-and-dashes guitar. But it’s ”Long Road” that lingers in the mind: As Vedder moans, ”I have wished for so long/How I wish for you today,” the band makes like rocky waves crashing on a beach, taking Young and Pearl Jam into a mystical zone never hinted at on the album. B+
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