Talk:Vs. (Pearl Jam album)

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Allbum Name[edit]

Someone PLEASE explain why its called Vs.! I don't see that in the cover, spine, back, booklet, or CD. So why isn't it selftitled? Redwolf24 7 July 2005 04:49 (UTC)

It does in fact say "Vs." next to "Pearl Jam" on the jewel case spine. --Kevin McManus 20:36, July 18, 2005 (UTC)
Don't see it. Redwolf24 11:00, 20 August 2005 (UTC)
I scanned a copy: Vs. case spine --Kevin McManus 21:16, September 6, 2005 (UTC)
This is interesting. It's not on the cover of the CD I have here, so maybe there are different versions? Straal 22:37, 6 September 2005 (UTC)

In Utero[edit]

"Vs.'s competing album In Utero by Nirvana sold half as much as much as Vs. due to it's continous noise songs"

This sort of thing doesn't belong in any article. For a few reasons. It's inaccurate, 7 mil vs. 5 mil does not equal half as much. Why is it a competing album? This should be noted. "due to it's continuous noise songs" is without any source, completely biased, and also untrue.

Most Sold in a week[edit]

"Pearl Jam will always hold the title for most albums sold in the first five days" - I have changed this as it reads like a prediction; changing to "still hold the record"... problem is, this may not be true. Who knows if those f*cking boy band albums sold more copies in their first five days?

Look unless someone can come up with a source that backs that they sold most album in a week it should be removed from the article. Honestly I think U2 sold over 1 million copies in their first week back in the 80s with their Joshua Tree.--70.129.55.17 08:22, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

a nod to...[edit]

the "Album Title" section uses the phrase "a nod to" twice in two sentences. its anoyying. go figure :)... why is this in a box ?????? im confused sorry121.217.241.224 (talk) 09:24, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Vs. (Pearl Jam album)/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.
Lead
  • "Vs. is the second album" Should that be studio album?
    • Well, even if we're not going by studio albums, it's still their second album.-5- (talk) 00:28, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  • "Ten (1991)" I'd be tempted to alter this to "Ten, released in 1991,"
  • "the longest duration by a Pearl Jam album" Perhaps "for" a Pearl Jam album?
    • Adressed.-5- (talk) 00:29, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Recording
  • "The first week of recording produced "Rats", "Blood", "Go", and "Leash" before the band hit a lull" Do you have a ref for this?
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 00:28, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Music
  • "The songs on the album tackle personal as well as social and political concerns. Topics on the album include child abuse ("Daughter"), gun culture ("Glorified G"), police racism ("W.M.A."), and the media ("Blood")." This sentence seems to sum up the rest of the paragraph. I would be tempted to put most of this in the lead, but also explain the police racism and media topics in this section.
Release
  • "first released some time in the late 1990s" very informal. If you don't know the exact date, simply put "first released during the late 1990s"
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 15:31, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  • "Had Soundscan counted all seven days, the album would have sold more than 1,000,000 copies in its first week." Have you got a reference for this?
    • I never added this sentence, so I don't know where the editor who added this got his or her information from. This sentence was there before I really got to work on this article. I have no problem removing the unreferenced stuff if it could be a problem.-5- (talk) 00:36, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Imagery
  • Do you know why they decided against naming the album "Five against one"?
    • I believe I read that they didn't want focus to be placed on any one particular song, because that line comes from the song "Animal", but I can't remember where I read this.-5- (talk) 00:42, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Do you have references for all the differences?
    • Most, if not all of the information could probably be attained from pjcollectors.com.-5- (talk) 00:44, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Vs Tour
  • What are scalpers? Is there a wikilink?
Outtakes
  • Do you have a ref for Whipping being cut? Do you know why it was cut?
    • I don't know why it was cut. The song was debuted on May 13, 1993, the same time as the other songs from Vs. The version of the song from the Vs. sessions can be found at gremmie.net.-5- (talk) 00:42, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Chart positions
  • I'd be tempted to add an extra column to the position tables to put the specific refs in, rather than have a long list at the top.
    • The Ten and Vitalogy articles have the same thing, and they're listed as good articles.-5- (talk) 00:42, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
      • I'd recommend doing it to all the Pearl Jam album articles; it makes it more convenient for readers to find citations. WesleyDodds (talk) 05:40, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
        • Addressed.-5- (talk) 07:47, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
General
  • Where relevant, I would wikilink songs when they're first mentioned as well as the track listing section.
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 00:51, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
  • Numbers and their units should be separated with non-breaking spaces, e.g. 950,378 copies.
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 15:33, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

A bit to do, but nothing substantial, so I'll put it on hold. Peanut4 (talk) 00:09, 29 July 2008 (UTC)

Re-review
  • (Lead) "Ten (1991)" I'd be tempted to alter this to "Ten, released in 1991,"
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 01:58, 1 August 2008 (UTC)
  • (Music) "The songs on the album tackle personal as well as social and political concerns. Topics on the album include child abuse ("Daughter"), gun culture ("Glorified G"), police racism ("W.M.A."), and the media ("Blood")." This sentence seems to sum up the rest of the paragraph. I would be tempted to put most of this in the lead, but also explain the police racism and media topics in this section.
  • (Release) "Had Soundscan counted all seven days, the album would have sold more than 1,000,000 copies in its first week." Have you got a reference for this?"
    • No. I went ahead and removed it.-5- (talk) 04:03, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
  • (Imagery) The differences section needs referencing.
    • Addressed.-5- (talk) 04:32, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Most of it is the points that haven't been addressed up till now. Some of the other points are fine at GA stage. Peanut4 (talk) 22:15, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

GA review (see here for criteria)
  1. It is reasonably well written.
    a (prose): b (MoS):
  2. It is factually accurate and verifiable.
    a (references): b (citations to reliable sources): c (OR):
  3. It is broad in its coverage.
    a (major aspects): b (focused):
  4. It follows the neutral point of view policy.
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. It is stable.
    No edit wars etc.:
  6. It is illustrated by images, where possible and appropriate.
    a (images are tagged and non-free images have fair use rationales): b (appropriate use with suitable captions):
  7. Overall:
    Pass/Fail:

I'll pass it, but as per my comments above, I think some of the issues tackled in the songs, should be in the lead, and then more in depth analysis in the main body of the article. Maybe an idea for expansion if you wanted to take this article any further. Also could do with more images. But otherwise, looks okay. Well done. Peanut4 (talk) 14:05, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

Chicago Sun-Times review[edit]

Transcription using Google News Advanced News Archive Search. Chicago Sun-Times (DeRogatis, Jim. 7. October 17, 1993) review of Vs. (1993):

Pearl Jam, "Vs." (Epic) (STAR) (STAR) (STAR) 1/2f11

Hot on the heels of Nirvana's "In Utero" comes another angry, uncompromising album from Seattle's second most important band. Pearl Jam's second album tries to thwart the same forces that frustrated Kurt Cobain: "Transition, leeches, media, bull - - - -," to quote the band's cryptic bio. Like Nirvana, Pearl Jam confounds rock-star expectations. Rather than duplicating the formula for "Alive" or "Evenflow," it explores aggressive new directions, but Pearl Jam isn't nearly as subversive.

The five musicians grew up with classic rock instead of punk and new wave. They retool and rev up familiar riffs from the Doors and the Who with a glossy, FM-friendly production by Brendan O'Brien (Black Crowes, Red Hot Chili Peppers). Yet Eddie Vedder's poetic lyrics and Jim Morrison vocal growl elevate the band above its wannabe-alternative peers. Vedder was born in Evanston and spent his teen years in Chicago before migrating westward. Like Cobain, he's an alienated and reluctant spokesman for the twentynothing generation - even though his words embody that group's cynicism and prevailing sense that things aren't what they seem.

On the first few listens, "Alive," the key track on Pearl Jam's smash debut "Ten," seems like a celebratory declaration. Eventually you realize it's a song about a guy contemplating incest with his mother after his father's death (which gives a new twist to Vedder's trademark evil-eye scowl). Many of the 12 songs on "Vs." are just as complex and multi-layered. The beautiful, acoustic "Daughter" revisits the neglected child of "Jeremy"; this time, it's a confused young girl. And the spare lyrics of "WMA" ("He won the lottery/When he was born") gain new meaning when you learn from the CD lyric sheet that it's a song about the white police officers in Detroit who beat Malice Green, an African-American, to death.

Vedder can be annoyingly coy (remember his "how can you judge art?" speech at the MTV Video Music Awards?), and some tunes are too preachy ("Animal" attacks wife-beating, while "Glorified G" calls for gun control). But when the pretensions get a bit thick, you can concentrate on Stone Gossard and Mike McCready's fat guitar riffs, or groove with Jeff Ament and Dave Abbruzzese's new, Chili Peppers-inspired funk rhythms. Or you can just toss the lyric sheet. Vedder's vocals are distinctive in many ways, but good diction isn't one of them. The rousing chorus of "Go!" - "Don't go on me" - sounds like "Dunk the wombat." And "Glorified version of a pellet gun" comes out, "Lost my version of a pelican." Come to think of it, I like those lines better.
— Jim DeRogatis

Dan56 (talk) 00:23, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Rolling Stone Album Guide review[edit]

Four out of five star review. Transcription using Amazon.com Preview Browser:

Vs. was a far better example of what Pearl Jam could do live, and by this second album the group was already consciously unplugging from the trappings of fame by refusing to make videos and starting to battle with Ticketmaster. As a result, riff-heavy songs like "Animal," "Daughter," and "Dissident" sound large without being bombastic, perhaps because they were never in regular MTV rotation. Still, the band's songwriting skills left something to be desired: Tracks like "Rats" and "Leash" come off as arrogant experiments by a band with a fan base that can't be disappointed.

Dan56 (talk) 00:33, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

USA Today review[edit]

Transcription using Google News Advanced News Archive Search. USA Today (Gundersen, Edna. 01.D. October 15, 1993) review of Vs. (1993):

Crunching and melodic, raw and graceful, mystical and visceral, Pearl Jam's Vs. (#### out of four), due Tuesday, outscores the band's remarkable debut, Ten, and eclipses the new In Utero by sainted Seattle trio Nirvana. But Vs. is no grunge grudge match between Northwest titans. It confronts uncomfortable truths, buried pain and Generation X angst. Charismatic singer Eddie Vedder's stream-of-consciousness rants are driven by an emotional honesty and cathartic intensity absent in much of pop today. "Escape is never the safest way," he wails on Dissident. His feral slurring on Animal and sandpapery shriek on Blood improve on stock rock hollering, and his earnest snarling absolves the preachy tone on Rats (better than humans because they "don't scab, they don't fight, don't oppress an equal's given rights"). Vedder's quavery tenor is equally potent reined in, whether expressing the anguish of a little girl on Daughter (a counterpart to Jeremy), suicidal ruminations on Rearviewmirror or the calm sorrow of an Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town. Go pulsates with a menacing bass line. Funk-edged tribal rhythms propel W.M.A., an anti-racism song about a white male American who "won the lottery by being born." It's Pearl Jam vs. a cruel world. Spell that verses.

— Edna Gundersen

Dan56 (talk) 00:23, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

Album title is a reference to Mission of Burma?[edit]

Does anyone have a reputable source which confirms/denies the name connection between this album, and the Mission of Burma album? I've always been of the understanding that the title was a reference to that seminal 1980s album.

Would be nice to get a sentence, backed by a reputable source, which confirms or denies this. Stuart mcmillen (talk) 03:25, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

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