PEARL JAM Riot Act (Sony) Rating: NN Rating: NN
Even if the five members of Pearl Jam have been squirrelled away in a cave, surely by now they could've pieced together the clues (like Kurt Cobain's death, Courtney Love's implants and Billy Corgan's shaved head) to figure out that grunge is well and truly over. Maybe not, since it's full grunge ahead for Pearl Jam on Riot Act. Eddie Vedder keeps cryptically bellowing the world-weary wisdom of a disillusioned millionaire as if Creed never happened, while his bandmates bash around trying to find a groove, having long ago given up writing songs. Just wait. When grunge nostalgia hits the jam band scene next decade, Pearl Jam will be hailed as heroes for their stubborn refusal to evolve.