Back in October I posted the first edition of Diggin in the Crates, the idea behind it being that sometimes I find myself going back to or rediscovering an album from ‘back in the day’ and listening to it a lot. Which, in turn, i’d end up talking about that album here and “…remind you of the awesomeness of an album that was released at least 5 years ago or more.”

For this second go ’round I find myself rediscovering Pearl Jams EPIC follow up to their debut smash ‘Ten.’ Now, it’s true that ‘Vitalogy’ is still my favorite PJ album, ‘Vs.’ takes a strong position in second place. I hadn’t listened to this album for years until recently when I dug it out for whatever reason and started rediscovering it. I know a lot of people like to bitch about everything Pearl Jam’s done since they exploded with “Ten”, but those are the same people that keep expecting (even to this day) every Pearl Jam song to be ‘Jeremy Pt 2.’ And, while they’re bitching Pearl Jam continues to put out some fantastic music.
A couple of facts worth noting about “Vs.”

Upon its release, Vs. set the record for most copies of an album sold in its first week, a record it held for five years. Vs. occupied the number one spot on the Billboard200 for five weeks, the longest duration for a Pearl Jam album. The album has been certified seven times platinum< by the RIAA in the United States.

Kind of amazing that this album remains fairly underrated  isn’t it? You don’t really hear a lot of people talking about this record and the impact it had. Sure, it’s been 17 years since it was released but that doesn’t change the fact that the music is stronger overall than “Ten” and, top to bottom, arguably the strongest PJ album period.

But, that’s why I do these Diggin In the Crates writes ups. To help you rediscover albums you might otherwise have forgotten.

Pearl Jam didn’t do any videos for songs on the album so lets turn to You Tube for a live version of one of the albums better songs; ‘Leash’