It took Pearl Jam 16 years to release a self-titled album.
Released after a four-year break, Pearl Jam is a collection of 13 songs that are hookier and more aggressive than anything they'd released in the 21st century. "I feel like we've been handing in our work on time, and we've been getting A's and B's, but we haven't really raised our hand and spoken out in class," Eddie Vedder told Rolling Stone in 2006. "This record is us speaking out in class." They even agreed to break their longstanding rule and appear in two music videos for the album.
Pearl Jam is hardly a light album, though. The songs deal with everything from the war in Iraq to the destruction of the planet. Fans and critics loved it, hailing it as their best release of the 2000s.