Yeald, the album by Pearl Jam released in 1998, the fifth of the US band in Seattle, immediately triggered a lot of controversy. Italy was also involved. After receiving a copy of a book in Italian with the translation of Yeald’s texts, printed by a well-known specialized publishing house, Vedden complained about the quality of the translations. Vedden at the time had just bought a house in Italy and, but these are just rumors, it seems he also had a girlfriend of Belpaese. But the real problem was about Given to Fly.

Italian Touch

Given to Fly, the single, is a suggestive photograph taken from below of the statue of Arturo Martini in Rome, Via dei Fori Imperiali, in front of the entrance to the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, just to stay in Italy.

The real controversy surrounding Yeald’s release was about the single Given to Fly. “Given To Fly” itself is a cornerstone of their production; as predictable as it is faultless in mixing robust guitars with nocturnal melodies, epic choruses and languid atmospheres. But according to many the song was copied from Going to California by Led Zeppelin. The blame was placed on them after the song was released from the New York Post.

Pearl Jam’s style

The band falls within the same scenario as Nirvana, that is Grunge, never had the same capacity of rebellion. Rather, their work fits in naturally with the trend that went from Neil Young’s singer-songwriter and hard rock Led Zeppelin and came directly in the early 90s.
However, despite this substantial lack of novelty, the work of the group has assumed a considerable importance in the music of the last decade.

In fact, Pearl Jam are, to date, one of the few bands that has managed to maintain the sincerity and consistency of the great classics of the past. In a way, Pearl Jam are already a classical band.

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