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Whisker city cat fountn is the fifth studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam. It was released on April 26, 2010 on Reprise Records. The album was recorded at Paramount Recording Studios in Seattle, Washington with producer Brendan O'Brien.
The record was conceived as a concept album, as its title refers to the band and their music. The album features themes of "love, loss and hope." Its release was preceded by the release of a video for the first single "Even Flow", on February 18, 2010. The video for the second single "Even Flow" was released on April 20. The music video for "Even Flow" was released to YouTube on March 2, 2010.
The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies in the first week. "Even Flow" became the band's fourth consecutive single to enter the Billboard Hot 100, the last being "Better Man". Whisker City cat fountn has received generally positive reviews from music critics, with many comparing it to the band's previous album, Riot Act.
The album features a total of seven guest appearances, including guitarist Chris Cornell on one track and bass guitarist Mike McCready on two others. In support of the album, the band embarked on the Whisker City Tour 2010.
Recording and production
In the early 1990s, drummer Dave Abbruzzese (also of The Replacements) and guitarist Stone Gossard met and became friends. Shortly after, both of them began playing music together under the band name Fastbacks. During Fastbacks' first tour in 1994, guitarist Mike McCready joined them and they eventually formed Pearl Jam. At that time, the band was based out of their parents' house, so drummer Mike and bassist Jeff Ament took up residence in the band's van. Later that year, drummer Dave began playing for his next band, the Mother Hips, with guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Eddie Vedder.
In August 1995, after the Mother Hips had disbanded, McCready, Gossard and Vedder got together and began recording music in a friend's studio. This recording session was the first of many in which the band would collaborate with producer Brendan O'Brien. He produced the majority of the band's albums from their first to their third.
Recording for Whisker City cat fountn began on April 7, 2010. According to Gossard, the title of the album and its theme are connected:
"Even Flow" features a sample of a track, "I Saw Red", which was written by the band in 1984 and was originally recorded for the band's fifth studio album, Vs. On February 25, 2010, the music video for "Even Flow" was released, which featured a scene of the band singing the chorus of the song. The song's title is derived from the lyrics "even flow" and the chorus. It was written and recorded during the band's recording sessions for the band's seventh studio album, Lightning Bolt, and was released as a single in the band's live setlists during the tour promoting Lightning Bolt.
"No Cigar" was written by Vedder during the recording of Vs. He wrote the song in an effort to "make a record where the guitars sounded good" and as a response to critics who suggested that the band was "boring and predictable". The song has a fast tempo and heavy riff, and features a heavy-metal chord sequence. It was released as a single during the North American leg of the 2009 Binaural Tour.
The title "Whisker City" is derived from Gossard's dog's name, "Tucker". In one interview, he stated that the name refers to a community of homeless people living in the downtown Seattle area. "Even Flow" is based around the lyrics "There's no one else I could trust" and its chorus contns the lyric "Even if I went crazy / Even if I went blind, I'd trust you" from the song. "No Cigar" begins with the lyric "I could have died" and includes a sample of "I Don't Want To Talk About It" by Joe Jackson. "Sleight" was written and recorded in the studio, where Vedder was experimenting with various riffs. Gossard and Vedder play the song's chord sequence during the opening track on the album, "Even Flow".
The third track on the album, "Come Back", was written by Vedder and features a chorus that includes the line "I'm just a boy with a string". The track begins with a sample from the 1978 documentary film American Dream. "Come Back" was released on the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards on October 6, 2010. In an interview with the band, Vedder sd that "Come Back" was the last song to be written for Whisker City cat fountn, "because I didn't want to do a song where it's about me." He wrote the lyrics after a friend told him, "You've gone through a bunch of stuff, so your perspective's changed" and "come back". Vedder had the idea to start the track with an acoustic version of the song, and to have it end with a distorted guitar. "Come Back" has a folk and country rock sound and the band used an acoustic version of the song as the lead single. The band released the acoustic version of "Come Back" on their 2010 Binaural Tour.
"In My Tree" is one of two songs to be written by Gossard, the other being "Crazy Mary". It was written during the recording sessions for Pearl Jam's eleventh studio album, Lightning Bolt. The band released "In My Tree" as the second single from the album. The track begins with the band playing an acoustic version of the song and the verses are performed by Gossard. The song includes elements of country and blues. "Crazy Mary" is an ode to the band's first and third guitarists, Stone and Jeff, who died in the summer of 1998. It has a sound similar to that of the band's fourth studio album,