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Eddie Vedder, ‘Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild’ (J/Monkeywrench)

This humble, hazy soundtrack to Sean Penn’s film about tramping and tragedy in the American wilderness is probably as close as the Pearl Jam singer will ever come to recording a psych-folk album. The handful of somber, droning mood pieces don’t really transcend their film-contingent origins, but on the actual full-length songs — especially the rippling “Rise” and yearning cover of Indio’s “Hard Sun” (with help from Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker) — Vedder’s incantatory vocals and campfire instrumentation evoke the eerie beauty of untouched land.



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