Check Out: Pearl Jam hires “The Fixer”

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Last week, Pearl Jam unearthed details from its forthcoming ninth studio album, Backspacer, due out September 20th. While fans could pre-order both the album and new single “The Fixer”, they couldn’t hear it… until today. Oh, aren’t we lucky.

Streaming via the band’s Ten Club MySpace, “The Fixer” brings the Seattle heroes back to the front lines again. There’s something remarkably lo-fi, yet multi-faceted about this track, too. Low Japanese-esque piano riddles the song, thanks to Boom Gaspar, while guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard scratch away. The tight rhythm section of drummer Matt Cameron and Jeff Ament can’t be ignored either. Cameron beats away like a hormonal teenager and Ament’s bubbly bass finds the appropriate groove. It’s catchy, but very lo-key, almost like their 2006 self-titled release.

Of course, we can’t forget the band’s real star: Mr. Eddie Vedder. Once again, the gruff continues and when he screams,”When something’s gone, I wanna fight to get it back again,” you can’t help but enjoy the little fire that ignites in your guts. That’s called soul, brother.

Yeah, this is all around good.

Stream it!

Pearl Jam 2009 Tour Dates:
08/08 – Calgary, AB @ Virgin Festival Alberta
08/13 – Rotterdam, NL @ Sportspaleis Ahoy
08/15 – Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide
08/17 – Manchester, UK @ MEN Arena
08/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
08/23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
08/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
09/21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre *
10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre *
10/04 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre *
10/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre *
10/09 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum
10/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Spectrum

* = w/ Ben Harper & the Relentless7