Pearl Jam's "Lightning Bolt" is a rock jukebox set to shuffle.
The Seattle survivors' 10th studio album is erratically paced and skips from punk rock attacks to power ballads to AOR offerings. It's no surprise the LP, recorded over two years with longtime collaborator Brendan O'Brien and with four songwriters writing independently, often feels like a compilation album rather than a fully realized collection.
Like its 2009 predecessor "Backspacer," "Lightning Bolt" kicks off with three stadium-leveling belters. The solid "Getaway" is piggybacked by furiously kinetic first single "Mind Your Manners" — a close cousin to the band's 1994 track "Spin the Black Circle" — and accusatory scream-along "My Father's Son."