Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mind Your Manners: The TSIS Review


4 years after Backspacer we have our first window into the sound and feel of Pearl Jam’s 10th album.    Mind Your Manners is fast and aggressive, but with a snarky punk feel rather than a reckless ferocity.  Pearl Jam can be hit or miss with these, but they drew from the right well (and thankfully stayed away from the shiny punk where they are at their weakest). You can hear its ancestors in Spin the Black Circle, Brian of J, and Comatose. The solo sounds like Ghost and Comatose got into a car crash.  The outro reproduces the call/response outro of Ole.  It all comes together nicely. This is a good song, and seems to put Backspacer behind them--or better, it takes Backspacer and drags it through the mud.

There is a heavy flatness to the start of the song, a bleakness thatthe sing songy verses push back against.  It’s a fast song, but it feels slowed down by the verses, like the vocal melody is digging its heels in against the music.   It would be interesting to see how this would have sounded if the vocals and the music were winding each other up.

The intro riff is different than anything we’ve heard from them before.  Very Motorheadish. Once the verses kick in the song feels very much like a hyrbrid of comatose and brain of J.   It’s good, but a bit familiar.  Definitely ground they’ve covered before, although they still execute well here.

The bridge, solo, and outro are all really great---the highlights of the song. Wonderful vocal melody in the bridge, some descending ominous guitars, some nice  accents underneath in the bridge (or a second chorus, since they repeat it again right before the outro). Nice Riot Act era solo underneath the outro (where Mike seems to try and work in every trick they didn’t let him use on backspacer), and they return to that interesting layered call and response bit they did at the end of Ole (easily the highlight of that song).   actually for a song clocking in under 3 minutes it goes to more places than you’d expect.   

Really if not for the fact that the verse and chorus sound a bit familiar the music this would be top notch all the way through.  As is it’s still good.

Eddie reins himself in. There is a nice scream at the very end of the song, and  there is more growl and low end than we’ve gotten in a while (he sounds good), and he moves away from the shrieking that turned people off on S/T and Backspacer. He sounds angry, but it’s a sarcastic anger, rather than fangs going for the jugular.   He sounds good and is working well with his voice, but  I wonder if they could have pushed further.

I guess that’s a question that will need to be answered in the context of the album.  There’s anger, and the song rails against the frustration of the last few years--the failed promises and unmet expectations.  And while there are moments of a primal scream scratching their way to the surface  they don’t break through.  The sarcasm undercuts the rage.  This could easily have gone the other way.  How MYM fits in with the rest of the songs as a whole will reveal whether or not they made the right choice.

Since we don’t have lyrics I can’t really comment on them, but it certainly seems to be about moral hypocrisy, and so the snarky punk vibe seems appropriate to it.  No lyrics really jumped out either way yet.   The bridge sounds like it has good lyrics, and I do like the “Good Heavens/That’s Right/How Do You Like Your/Living Hell” at the end.  Not necessarily a great lyric on its own, but it sounds really good with the broken chorus delivery.

Overall, I really like it. It’s a good song.  It has the rawness of S/T with some of the hooks of Backspacer.  I’m not sure this is going to be an all time classic, but it has me primed and excited for the next album. 

15 comments:

  1. First stab at lyrics...

    i got an unfortunate feeling
    i've been beaten down
    i feel i don't believe
    another truth is coming out
    what they're taking is
    more than a vow
    they're taking young innocence
    and then go about a-burnin' Valhalla
    yeah yeah yeah

    along the satan (?)
    mind your manners

    i caught myself believin'
    that i needed God
    and if it's God that's over
    then we sure could use him now
    try my patience
    my patience tried
    this world's alone, not dead
    it makes me want to cry
    yeah yeah yeah

    along the satan (?)
    mind your manners
    son of satan

    self realizing that i'm physically redeemed
    may not live another life
    may not solve our mystery
    right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    and along the satan (?)
    mind your manners
    always waitin'

    self realizing that i'm physically redeemed
    may not live another life
    may not solve our mystery
    right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    good heavens
    that's right
    how do you like
    your living hell?

    good heavens
    that's right
    how do you like
    your living hell?

    good heavens
    that's right
    how do you like
    your living hell?

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  2. ok I got it for ya...

    all along they are saying

    mind your manners

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  3. all along they are saying

    mind your manners
    always praying...

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  4. mind your manners

    i got an unfortunate feeling
    i've been beaten down
    i feel i don't believe
    another truth is coming out
    what they're taking is
    more than a vow
    they're taking young innocence
    and then they go about a-burnin' bow-wow
    yeah yeah

    they’re only sayin’
    mind your manners

    i caught myself believin'
    that i needed God
    and if it's God that's over
    we sure could use him now
    try my patience
    my patience tried
    this world's alone, not dead
    and it makes me want to cry
    yeah yeah

    they’re only sayin’
    mind your manners
    son of satan

    self-realizing that i'm physically redeemed
    may not live another life
    may not solve our mystery
    right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    ya know they’re only sayin’
    mind your manners
    always waitin'

    self-realizing that i'm physically redeemed
    may not live another life
    may not solve our mystery
    right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    good heaven
    that's right
    how do you like it,
    living in hell?

    good heaven
    that's right
    how do you like it,
    living in hell?

    good heaven
    that's right
    how do you like it,
    living in hell?

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  5. I like it... Listened to it like 50 times already.. Have a little bit of stirring in my shorts goin' on!!!! :)

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  6. they're taking your innocence
    and they've thrown it in a burning pile

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  7. sounds more like a punk mix of animal and go to me...and then not...

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  8. go to Heaven!
    that's swell!
    how do you like
    your living Hell?

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  9. More accurate lyrics:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/112388932040559216491/posts/VDZgmTp49Zd

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  10. I've got an unfortunate feeling
    I've been beating down
    I feel I don't believe
    And now truth is coming out
    What they take is more than a vow
    They've taken your innocence
    And then they throw it on a burning pile

    All along their saying
    Mind your manners

    I caught myself believing
    That I needed God
    And if it's hard for some we sure could use it now
    Try my patience
    My patience tried
    This world's a lonely living
    That makes me wanna cry

    All along their saying
    Mind your manners
    Silence save him

    Self-realized and that I'm physically redeemed.
    May not live another life
    May not solve our mystery
    Right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    All along their saying
    Mind your manners
    Always praying

    Self-realized and that I'm physically redeemed.
    May not live another life
    May not solve our mystery
    Right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could wail it to the sky
    or we could something else

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Live in Hell.

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Live in Hell.

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Live in Hell.

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  13. I got an unfortunate feeling
    I've been beaten down
    I feel I don't believe
    And now truth is coming out
    What they take is more than a vow
    They've taken your innocence
    And then they throw em on a burning pile

    Along their saying
    Mind your manners

    I caught myself believing
    That I needed God
    And if it's out there somewhere we sure could use it now
    Try my patience
    My patience tried
    This world's alone not dead.
    And that makes me wanna cry

    Along their saying
    Mind your manners
    Son of Satan.

    Self-realized and metaphysically redeemed.
    May not live another life
    May not solve our mystery
    Right around the corner
    could be bigger than ourselves
    we could will it to the sky
    or we could something else

    And no longer sayin
    Mind your manners
    Always prayin

    Self-realized and metaphysically redeemed.
    May not live another life
    May not solve our mystery
    Right around the corner
    Could be bigger than ourselves
    We could will it to the sky
    Or we could something else

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Live in Hell.

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Livin Hell.

    Go to Heaven
    That's swell
    How do you like it?
    Live in Hell.

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