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Pearl Jam announce new album (2006)

Pearl Jam

Story by Jack Foley

PEARL Jam have announced they will release their eighth studio album on May 1, 2006.

The self-titled follow-up to 2002’s Riot Act will be produced by Adam Kasper, best known for his work with Soundgarden, and recorded in Seattle.

It is described by guitarist Stone Gossard as ‘a new opportunity’ for the band and is already notable for seeing the band collaborate together more than any of their previous work.

Indeed, each member will receive a writing credit on the long-player.

Chatting to Rolling Stone, Gossard said: ”[The album will be] a couple of rock songs, a couple of ballads – it’s not rocket science.

“but we’re proud of the songs and we think they have a chance to do a little better commercially.”

The first single to emerge from Pearl Jam will be singer Eddie Vedder’s World Wide Suicide, which will be available as a free download on March 8 through the band’s website www.pearljam.com.

Pearl Jam are due to announce a world tour this spring, with details expected later this month (March).

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