Eddie Vedder shares release date for solo album “Earthling”

Eddie Vedder – ‘The Hateful’

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder resumed his solo career today with the release of a new song “The Haves”, and the announcement of a new album, Earthling.

It’s not as if Vedder has taken things lightly in recent years: he created the Ohana Festival, contributed to the soundtrack for Sean Penn’s film. Flag day, published on A matter of time EP, and of course, continued his eternal dominance of the rock world with Pearl Jam. But now he’s taking time for himself with a brand new solo album.

Vedder certainly knows how to differentiate his solo work from his Pearl Jam music. His first solo album, the soundtrack of the 2007 film In nature, mainly features acoustic folk songs by Vedder. He then doubled down on going the opposite of the high energy rock and roll of his day job by releasing Ukulele Songs in 2011. As can be deduced from the title, it mainly contains only Vedder and a ukulele, which is about as far removed as possible from Pearl Jam’s signature grunge sound.

‘The Haves’ is not as far removed from Pearl Jam as some of these other works. Vedder’s baritone clutch is still intact, but Vedder obviously continues his softer vibe over his solo work. Maybe it comes from living a relatively quiet existence in Hawaii most of the time, maybe it comes from the fact that Vedder is relatively happy in his life.

Either way, ‘The Haves’ is a really pretty cut that contrasts nicely with the more uptempo ‘Long Way’ released earlier this year. It’s all a bit of a modern day Springsteen-esque, with its smooth production and relatively tame approach to rock and roll, but it’s nice enough that I don’t dwell on it too much. There are a lot of villains worth taking down in this world, but Eddie Vedder doesn’t seem like one of them.

Check out the lyric video for “The Haves” below. Earthling will be released on February 11.

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