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Metascore
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  • Summary: The 12th full-length studio release from Seattle rock band Pearl Jam was produced by Andrew Watt.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Apr 15, 2024
    100
    Dark Matter is many things. It’s thrilling. It’s moving. It’s surprising. It’s a band still operating at the peaks of their powers.
  2. Apr 15, 2024
    80
    That Dark Matter succeeds so well is due to the and focusing their creative energy, just as Watt's sonic Nutribullet technique condense PJ's core rumble into punchy blasts. [May 2024, p.82]
  3. Apr 17, 2024
    80
    With Dark Matter, the band has rarely sounded more essential.
  4. 80
    Musically, Dark Matter is some of their catchiest and punchiest material in years. It’ll have you nodding your head – but it’ll never let you get comfortable.
  5. Apr 22, 2024
    80
    Made up of 11 taut tracks, the highlights come thick and fast.
  6. Apr 19, 2024
    72
    Overall, Dark Matter ended up as the most interesting and energized record since Backspacer. It seems pushing the band to work fast in the studio yields better results. Of course, most of the material here sounds familiar, but the members feel once more invested in it.
  7. Apr 19, 2024
    60
    By now, most listeners will know where they stand on Vedder’s distinctive holler and the band’s beefiness; little on Dark Matter is likely to enchant gen Z away from their own heroes. But the faithful will rejoice.

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