ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
With the opening rock anthem “All Night,” Pearl Jam sets high expectations
for their Lost Dogs album — they sure don’t disappoint.
This album delivers hard riffs, beautiful melodies and strong lyrical composition
in a way only Pearl Jam can. A superb collection of rarities and B-sides, this
fascinating compilation manoeuvres its way through those sweet sounds that
didn’t make their albums.
The overall mellow tone of the album showcases some of singer Eddie Vedder’s
most introspectively poetic lyrics and captures more of the band’s poignant
and soulful musical stylings. From the soothing sounds of such ballads as “Undone” and “Fatal,” to
the quirky surfer-sound infused tunes of “Whale Song” Lost Dogs
encompasses the emotional depth that Pearl Jam has perfected through their
simple melodies and well-written lyrics. Also, fan favourites such as “Alone” and “Yellow
Ledbetter” find a more fitting home on this collection.
The Essential Bruce Springsteen
You can truly introduce yourself to New Jersey’s favourite
son with this collection, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, which
blows his 1995 Greatest Hits away.
The compilation escapes the cookie-cutter model of one hit, chosen
from every album, which is often demanded by the record company.
But with Springsteen, it would be hard not to include something
from every LP. Also, the bonus disc includes some unreleased
material from Bruce and the E Street Band, some of which dates
back to 1979.
This disc gratifies the casual Boss fan with radio-worn classics: “Born
to Run,” “Hungry Heart” and “Dancing in
the Dark” are all here. This is a great CD for the diehards,
too: on top of the hits, the essence of Springsteen’s best
work shines through on cult faves like “Rosalita,” and “Jungleland.”
The real test of the CD is in the bonus material; though it’s
solid, a couple of songs betray why they went unreleased for so