Don’t get me wrong. I love Eddie Vedder. I like his voice (faaar away from being perfect, especially in the past few years, but still deep and enchanting), I love his lyrics and even I love his rants (he’ll soon break Fidel’s 7-hour-of-non-stop-talking record).
But huh… An album less than 40 minutes?
“Into the wild” soundtrack is Ed’s first “official” solo effort and yes, music is different than Pearl Jam. It’s more earthy, more acoustic, more atmospheric… But that doesn’t hide that fact that there are only a few “real” songs on the album. Yes, I know it’s a soundtrack. Yes, I know that main purpose of these tracks is to add a bit of atmosphere to screen action. Yes, I KNOW they fit great into the film (I’ll trust other people one this one; movie itself gained many positive reviews btw).
But, once again, it’s not fair. It’s not fair to play a track, feel its atmosphere and then it’s over, just like that. After 58 second or something. Or one minute and 19 seconds. I guess it was done deliberately; music was created following exact movie scenes. Still, I need more than two minutes to be satisfied, you know.
On the other hand, I really like atmosphere of this album. My personal favourites are “No Ceiling” (… sure as I am breathing, sure as I’m sad), “Long nights”, “Guaranteed” and “The wolf” (yes, the wolf. I’m weird).
PS- According to some rumors, Ed shot a video (!!!!! 0_0 !!!!) for “Guaranteed”. We’ll see. (Just skip demonic kids in forests, worms and sculls and you’ll be fine).