2. Pearl Jam – Oceans
This is, in my opinion, probably THE most underrated track PJ ever cut. Absolutely beautiful and huge and full and open and…If you know what I look like, imaging me, standing on the sand cliffs on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, watching a storm come in over the lake as the wind blows my hair back and for just a moment I remember what it was to feel like a god. Sheer beauty.
Like the previous track, this carries with it that melancholy undercurrent that was so common to the Seattle bands – and I don’t mean the “grunge” bands or the “alternative” bands, I mean the Seattle bands. Somehow those bands – Alice, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, and so many others – manage to sound a little bit world-weary even when they’re happy…and a little bit hopeful even at the saddest. The use of some subtle strings (or possibly effects) and what sounds a bit like a tympani help carry this short but powerful song over the edge for me.