Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder
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”If something’s old, I wanna put a bit of shine on it,” Eddie Vedder howls on ”The Fixer,” the first single from the band’s ninth studio album. Backspacer — named after a defunct typewriter key — is an ode to analog bygones, the sort of sweaty rock & roll that belongs in a bar with cracked-leather booths and $2 beers. The album grows same-y, but tracks like the surfing-as-life-metaphor anthem ”Amongst the Waves” do indeed make something old feel, if not new, good again. B

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