Binaural marked a major turning point for Pearl Jam.
It was their first time working without producer Brendan O'Brien since their first disc, their first album of the 2000s and their first album to focus more on atmosphere than strong hooks. Many of the casual fans they picked up from their earliest albums became disinterested by this point. "Soon Forget" is a solo ukulele song strongly inspired by the Who's "Blue, Red and Grey," while "Breakerfall" is highly reminiscent of the Who's "I Can See for Miles." None of these songs connected on radio, and they didn't make any videos. Instead, they went on an extremely long world tour.