Vedder, Eddie: Earthling LP
Earthling serves as Eddie Vedder's first solo album since releasing Ukelele Songs in 2011 and third overall. Helmed by reigning Grammy Producer of the Year Andrew Watt and recorded at his Beverly Hills studio, the new collection comes introduced by the singles "Long Way," "The Halves" and "Brother The Cloud." Earthling features collaborations with a multitude of music legends including Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, and Elton John. In a New York Times Magazine interview Eddie noted: "the album is structured kind of like a concert: The special guests come out at the end. Stevie, then Elton, then we've got our "Mrs. Mills" song with Ringo. Then the last special guest was my father, whom I really didn't get to know." Right out of the gate, Earthling landed to widespread critical acclaim. Spin hailed "Brother The Cloud" as "a multi-faceted rock track with a powerful finish," and Rolling Stone praised, "Despite its upbeat, guitar-heavy arrangement, the track explores the emotional upheaval caused by the loss of a close companion." Brooklyn Vegan dubbed it an "anthemic and punky rock song with terrific vocal performance from Eddie and very hooky chorus," and Stereogum put it best as "a positively ripping, arena-worthy rock anthem." Other standouts include "Long Way," of which Variety noted, "the strident, guitar-driven "Long Way" finds Vedder narrating a tale of a man haunted by a lost love," and "The Haves," which Stereogum described "a searching heart ballad about personal connection, and it addresses the increasing divide between rich and poor."