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Pearl Jam — Nothing As It Seems
Album: Binaural
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 2422









Released: 2000
Length: 5:16
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Don't feel like home
He's a little out
And all these words alone
Is nothing like your poem

Putting in, inputting in
Don't feel like methadone
A scratching voice all alone
It's nothing like your baritone

It's nothing as it seems
The little that he needs, it's home
The little that he sees
Is nothing he can seize, it's home

One uninviting chromosome
A blanket like the ozone

It's nothing as it seems
All that he needs is home
The little that he frees
Is nothing he believes

Saving it for a sunny day
Something maybe, two tone
Anything of his own
A chip off the corner stone

Who's kidding? Rainy day
A one way ticket headstone
An occupation's overthrown
A whisper through a megaphone

It's nothing as it seems
The little that he needs, it's home
The little that he sees
Is nothing he concedes, it's home

And all that he frees
A little bittersweet, it's home
It's nothing as it seems
The little that he sees, it's home
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 neptunejeff wrote:
Pearl Jam's neo-hippy/grunge  druggie tune hits home...."8"
 
this morning just went 8>9 
 ngunnell wrote:
Heck that's dull.  Had me turn off the station and go to my own music.   {#Razz}
You need to stay with with your own music then.

Damn! Making me love PJ! Yeah I liked the usual fare back in my goth/grunge flannel shirt and Doc Marten days (the FIRST time they were in style..) but never fully connected with the early albums I owned other than the obvious songs. 

THIS is like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, and Portishead...but with his EV deliciousness. Thank you Bill! You never disappoint! 

Side note - The beautifully crafted and directed Into the Wild  absolutely would not be the same without Eddie's soundtrack. ALTHOUGH, the best song was written by local Bay Area songwriter and artist Jerry Hannan. :)
my favourite  song.. 9/10 
Never heard this before now. Like Joe Bonomassa jamming with Portishead. Diggin' it.
Pearl Jam's neo-hippy/grunge  druggie tune hits home...."8"
 ScottN wrote:
PSD feature was a great addition to the RP experience.  Think I'll use it now
 
Yes, I prefer you're away...
 cgiordano wrote:
Anyone else notice that near the beginning of the song (at about 1:16) there's a sound in the background that sounds like someone opened a CD-ROM drive on an old computer? This has been bugging me for the better part of almost 20 years!
 
And I have been knocking the side of my ol' PC in frustration!  LOL... now you tell me, I will always here it as well. Yup, I can hear it 
Anyone else notice that near the beginning of the song (at about 1:16) there's a sound in the background that sounds like someone opened a CD-ROM drive on an old computer? This has been bugging me for the better part of almost 20 years!
Listen to this song as you drive down an endless road to nowhere and you feel the lyrics. 

Thanks Jeff A for those and Mick McC for the lovely guitar.  
Killer record.
Album art makes me want to make some guacamole . . .
 ngunnell wrote:
Heck that's dull.  Had me turn off the station and go to my own music.   {#Razz}

 
Stay there................{#Tongue}
Ed w/ Kobain in mind!
Or did Ament write these lyrics?
I would just have tuned that snare differently.
Not generally a fan of PJ, but this is most likable.  The guitar work kicks butt.  Kind of built to spillish  
 Reckoner978 wrote:
Radiohead followed by Pearl Jam;  it doesn't get any Vedder than that :)   {#Music}

 
same thing today! Decks Dark-loving it
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Dropping from a weak 3 to an ever weaker 2.   These guys blow chunks

 
Chunks of heavy delicious grunge   {#Moon}
except for the radiohead part{#Beat} 

Reckoner978 wrote:
Radiohead followed by Pearl Jam;  it doesn't get any Vedder than that :)   {#Music}

 


 Reckoner978 wrote:
Radiohead followed by Pearl Jam;  it doesn't get any Vedder than that :)   {#Music}

  The segue from John Lee Hooker was pretty healing


Radiohead followed by Pearl Jam;  it doesn't get any Vedder than that :)   {#Music}
Great song, deep joy!
 Johnny_Wave wrote:
Dropping from a weak 3 to an ever weaker 2.   These guys blow chunks

 
Not all of us have deep souls,I guess. This is strikingly beautiful and haunted.
H or miss though... Some PJ is horrible. This tune is great though 
Great song! 
Dropping from a weak 3 to an ever weaker 2.   These guys blow chunks
Spent an interesting 10 minutes with a Methadone addict (self confessed - along with his life story) yesterday at the blood-testing clinic. 
This is real. 
Heck that's dull.  Had me turn off the station and go to my own music.   {#Razz}
Such a powerful song.
Awesome tune. Awesome band.
most excellent   
Awesome CD and nebula.
Better lay off the ludes dude.
This is wonderful.  Surprisingly low rating, to my ears.

ps just upped it to a 10 to compensate, but it made no difference.
PSD feature was a great addition to the RP experience.  Think I'll use it now
Crank up the bass and            chill.....
 jkhandy wrote:
Obviously Bill really likes this band :(
 
.....and why not
only listenable tune I ever heard from this group, {#Stupid}they pretty much suck as far as I've heard
 Cynaera wrote:
This song is perfect for filing my fingernails to...  (I mean that in a GOOD way!)  It's very pensive and plodding - almost Zen-like.  I need that when I'm filing my nails because I get frustrated so easily. My nails are pretty jagged and ugly (like my temper and my sense of humor), but for maybe the first time since I started trying to resemble a lady and not some kind of cave-troll that burrows in the dirt, I did a pretty respectable job of getting my hands to look almost civilized.

I shall forever be grateful to Pearl Jam for this. {#Notworthy}

 
Trolling down the comments ALWAYs reveals gold!   Peace
Binaural is the best work Pearl Jam has created, they took a risk and perhaps paid for it.   "Nothing As It Seems" and "Of the Girl" - spectacular! 
Obviously Bill really likes this band :(
This particular playlist has been on RP since approximately 2000 when I started listening {#Notworthy}
 Stingray wrote:
Another great one, PJ
 
One of THE BEST, in top 5 for me personally
Thought it sucked back in 2007... hearing it again hasn't changed my opinion
Another great one, PJ
Somewhat a-tonal and rather dull. It does have a bit of atmosphere...but mostly of what I mentioned.
 lemmoth wrote:

Given your moniker I would expect no less.  How many shows have you seen?  Were you at Alpine Valley?

 
I was there on the 4th. Magical and spiritual.
 StoneyG wrote:

I too like it.  Love this one and all the songs from the record.  Especially live.

 
Given your moniker I would expect no less.  How many shows have you seen?  Were you at Alpine Valley?

I can't think of a Pearl Jam tune I've not enjoyed.
{#Meditate}
 lemmoth wrote:


Binaural is a tremendous album, and in many ways a departure for the band. 

You all should check it out.
 
I too like it.  Love this one and all the songs from the record.  Especially live.

 Cynaera wrote:
lemmoth wrote:


showing again sirdorseph's complete lack of credibility - just take a quick look at the great songs this person rates a 1 or 2

1 - Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll 1 - Derek and the Dominoes - Layla 2 - David Bowie - Heroes

"nuff said


sirdroseph wrote:

Ceptin those songs suck balls. Nuff said.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Children, could you please take your little quarrel off-board?  One person's great songs are another person's hell. It's life. Deal with it. BTW:  lemmoth, you misspelled sirdroseph's name - was that intentional, or does "lack of credibility" not apply to dyslexics?  And sirdroseph - I find your "suck balls" expression a bit offensive. Couldn't you change it to something like "slobber on testicles"?

I am SO getting banned from this board.....  {#Doh}


 
Cyanera (intentional) you are one funny woman.

Peace be unto you and sirdroseph


Is this Cacaphonic Depressive Hour or what
lemmoth wrote:


showing again sirdorseph's complete lack of credibility - just take a quick look at the great songs this person rates a 1 or 2

1 - Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll 1 - Derek and the Dominoes - Layla 2 - David Bowie - Heroes

"nuff said


sirdroseph wrote:

Ceptin those songs suck balls. Nuff said.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Children, could you please take your little quarrel off-board?  One person's great songs are another person's hell. It's life. Deal with it. BTW:  lemmoth, you misspelled sirdroseph's name - was that intentional, or does "lack of credibility" not apply to dyslexics?  And sirdroseph - I find your "suck balls" expression a bit offensive. Couldn't you change it to something like "slobber on testicles"?

I am SO getting banned from this board.....  {#Doh}


 Hannio wrote:


There are 10 kinds of people in the world.  Those who know binary and those who don't.
 
I love that joke.

This song is perfect for filing my fingernails to...  (I mean that in a GOOD way!)  It's very pensive and plodding - almost Zen-like.  I need that when I'm filing my nails because I get frustrated so easily. My nails are pretty jagged and ugly (like my temper and my sense of humor), but for maybe the first time since I started trying to resemble a lady and not some kind of cave-troll that burrows in the dirt, I did a pretty respectable job of getting my hands to look almost civilized.

I shall forever be grateful to Pearl Jam for this. {#Notworthy}
 lemmoth wrote:


showing again sirdorseph's complete lack of credibility - just take a quick look at the great songs this person rates a 1 or 2

1 - Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll 1 - Derek and the Dominoes - Layla 2 - David Bowie - Heroes

"nuff said

 
Ceptin those songs suck balls. Nuff said.

Purchased...{#Hearteyes}
 pfnepschnee wrote:
A binary 10
 

There are 10 kinds of people in the world.  Those who know binary and those who don't.
A binary 10
One of the unlistenable songs from PJ.
Great song from a great band!
I'm raising this form a 3 to a 4 because it's divisible by 2.
Loving this rockin' set!....Now Hendrix....awesome

Your comment is not completely inappropriate, i think it is pertinent to note because some atmosphere loudness P. Floyd, especially in the evolution of guitar chords similar of solo-P.Floyd/Guilmour (but not exactly the song Shine On You).
But if there is indeed any influence of P. Floyd, only P. Jam will can makes clear when they worked on this song.....and if so, this only enhances the music of P. Jam, i think.


 ugly wrote:
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
 

 sirdroseph wrote:


Ceptin for one little thing Shine On You Crazy Diamond is one of the greatest songs of all times and this one sucks balls; other than that, yea, they are very similar.{#Rolleyes}
 

showing again sirdorseph's complete lack of credibility - just take a quick look at the great songs this person rates a 1 or 2

1 - Led Zeppelin - Rock and Roll 1 - Derek and the Dominoes - Layla 2 - David Bowie - Heroes

"nuff said

 George_Tirebiter wrote:
Neil would hate it.
  Who - Neil Schon.

Because Mr. Young and PJ have a big-time mutual admiration society.  Several collaborations on tours and record.


Screaming guitars, count me in!
 nicolewe wrote:
Spacey, not the usual PJ. I like this and had never heard it. {#Notworthy}
 

Binaural is a tremendous album, and in many ways a departure for the band. 

You all should check it out.
 Stingray wrote:
Took me a while to like PJ - now I am some kind of a fan!

This song especially is beyond critics!

Great lyrics, guitars with awesome voice - great liveband!

PS
quote chyk5: "bad even by pearl jam standards" .

Do not be RIDICULOUS!!!
  

 FYI that was rp1125, not me. This song is great


Spacey, not the usual PJ. I like this and had never heard it. {#Notworthy}
CERTAINLY A SOLID "9"
Took me a while to like PJ - now I am some kind of a fan!

This song especially is beyond critics!

Great lyrics, guitars with awesome voice - great liveband!

PS
quote chyk5: "bad even by pearl jam standards"

Do not be RIDICULOUS!!!


 rp1125 wrote:
bad even by pearl jam standards
 

Really?! I can take or leave Pearl Jam most days, but this song is one of their best.
{#Eek}  {#Rolleyes}
why haven't I heard this before? more, please..

{#Guitarist} Wonderful
PJ is songwriting, voice and guitar!

 rp1125 wrote:
bad even by pearl jam standards
 

My hero!{#Notworthy}{#Roflol}
I love it.
Neil would hate it.
Too much Pearl Jam over the last week. Please stop. Please.
bad even by pearl jam standards
F'n killer!
Released in 2000.
Real channel turner...
Love this song!

Definitely one of my favourite PJ tunes.

 ugly wrote:
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
 
I'm reminded more of Drive by REM. Not hearing the PF angle.

Simply. Awesome.
 ugly wrote:
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
 

Ceptin for one little thing Shine On You Crazy Diamond is one of the greatest songs of all times and this one sucks balls; other than that, yea, they are very similar.{#Rolleyes}
Big fan of soaring guitars, but this is just a bit going nowhere for me.
 ugly wrote:
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
 
Of course: the acoustic strumming with the intense soaring electric guitar, tight drumming, hypnotic base, spacey effects, heavy lyrics...
People can say what they want, but this is what I call a tight outfit.
Its a pitty, i have to leave, this rotation is GREAT!!

 ugly wrote:
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
 
Think you got your wires crossed —- Nothing Floydy that I can detect.

Possibly Pearl Jam's strongest work.
This song reminds me of Shine On You Crazy Diamond for some reason. Does anyone else think they hear little influences of that album in Nothing As It Seems?
Powerful blasterpiece
this to me is a good "later" PJ album{#Daisy}
 musikalia wrote:
Pearl Jam : meh
Eddie Vedder's voice: bad. very very bad. ouch! Mute.
 
Eddie Vedder's face: sexy. very very sexy. Meow.

 Quixmundi wrote:

Feels like a dirge. Too much Seattle angst for me.


 
I agree with you on that one!

 sirdroseph wrote:
{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
 

How articulate
{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
Brilliant truly!!!!!10

Feels like a dirge. Too much Seattle angst for me.


I love this set Bill!!!!! {#Clap}

Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died
Butthole Surfers - Pepper


LOVE the song, the album, the band! {#Dancingbanana_2}
Great Bass...
 renegade_X wrote:
See there, PJ still has some stuff left in the tank. They require a new drummer per album thats all.

Classic line here, "Whisper through a megaphone". <- hehe
 

interesting comment on an eight year old album.

judging by the last album, they have PLENTY in their tank IMHO
While I like PJ, I can't get behind this one except the guitar work maybe.
See there, PJ still has some stuff left in the tank. They require a new drummer per album thats all.

Classic line here, "Whisper through a megaphone". <- hehe
My fave song and I'm a pretty big PJ fan.  The only song that beats this for me is the same song played live.{#Cheesygrin}
PJ, Awesome as 99% of the time.
Yeah agreed! Inside Job is one of my favorite PJ songs nowadays. mandolin wrote:
...likewise - between this and inside job, i'm seriously reconsidering pearl jam...
fatcatjb wrote:
Listening to Pearl Jam is like having both feet stuck in the mud... if you struggle long enough, you find yourself back on dry land, but exhausted from the ordeal
Interesting analogy. The same could be said for other music.
nate917 wrote:
... his peanut-butter-sandwich vocals ....
Wha? Well, at least peanut butter goes great with the Jam!
Gah! :stop:
Nice. I just wish they had recorded/mixed the snare drum tighter. Sounds like somebody smashing a metal garbage can lid onto the can, like Sgt. Hulka coming through the barracks at 0500...