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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder blasts Trump on defiant new album 'Gigaton'

Music just hits different when you’ve been cooped up in your apartment for nearly two weeks straight. 

When Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder wrote and recorded “Gigaton,” the Seattle rock band’s 11th album and first since 2013’s “Lightning Bolt,” he never could’ve predicted it would come into the world during a global pandemic. 

But with its thrashing guitars, pummeling drums and anxiety-riddled lyrics, “Gigaton” (out Friday) is the sort of primal scream we could all use right now as many of us are sequestered at home filled with fear and frustration about our government’s response to the outbreak. 

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Pearl Jam singer/guitarist Eddie Vedder performing in Brazil in 2011.

An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump (at times, controversially so), Vedder calls out the president directly in two songs: In the bruising “Quick Escape,” he imagines trekking halfway across the world just “to find a place Trump hadn’t f***ed up yet” and gets wistful about the past.  

“And we think about the old days

Of green grass, sky and red wine,

Should’ve known, so fragile

And avoided this one-way flight.” 

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