The second single off Pearl Jam’s new Backspacer album is a 180 from the first. Where (Grammy-nominated) “The Fixer” kicked our ass with seemingly uplifting verses—it’s actually a cynical take on how men swear they can “fix” anything—and roaring riffs, “Just Breathe” soothes with its reflective, melancholic words, acoustic guitar, and string fills. Exhibit A:
That’s PJ recently performing the song for Austin City Limits. Eddie’s still got that intense, soul-bruising delivery, even when reserved. Stone, Jeff, Mike, and Matt still have that classic rock intensity, even when unplugged. Dare your lacrimal glands to stay dry. And your larynx to stay still.