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Pearl Jam’s new track is lean, swift and punishing

The forthcoming album from Pearl Jam is called Lightning Bolt.

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Pearl Jam, from the forthcoming Lightning Bolt; streaming at youtube.com.

One gets the feeling that Eddie Vedder doesn't go to church on Sundays.

"What they've taken is more than a vow," he rages on Pearl Jam's blistering new single Mind Your Manners, "they've taken your innocents, and then they throw them on a burning fire."

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The track primes the pump for a North American tour, which begins Tuesday in London, Ont. The track is lean, swift and punishing, with occasional pauses for breaths and cowbells.

Vedder despairs of the planet's loneliness and living hell; heaven can't wait, he seems to be saying – "we could use it now." The world is in storm.

The forthcoming album from the veteran adventurers in grunge rock is Lightning Bolt. Mind your manners? Naw, let 'er rip.

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