Jeff Ament "While My Heart Beats" Album Review — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:56:23
Jeff Ament's second solo album, While My Heart Beats, is utterly and undeniably alive.
The legendary Pearl Jam bassist paints a poetic pastiche of sounds, spanning a palette of tribal percussion and a distorted guitar hum. Ament's constructed a psychedelic and philosophical journey commencing with the tambourine jangle and riff stomp of "Ulcers & the Apocalypse". Lyrically, it's a remembrance of youth that's instantly poignant.
Running down the line, "When the Fire Comes" exudes a cinematic elegance as the song builds into an impressively catchy refrain. Meanwhile, his signature bass thud punctuates "War in Your Eyes" with a heavy punch that guarantees another knockout rocker.
"Give It a Name" glides along on a snappy riff and a resounding vocal echo. Then, there's the standout acoustic "Take My Hand", where he proclaims, "Angels burn". His elegant lyrical prose begs a closer listen and ultimately pulls in the audience just a little closer. Everything culminates during the spacey dreamscape of "Never Forget", which pulls together into another vibrant lullaby.
The album's a true gem, and Ament constructs a personal ride that's worth taking. Your heart might beat even a little faster by the end of it.
Have you heard While My Heart Beats?
Get it on CD from Pearl Jam's store, or digitally on iTunes or AmazonMP3!