Picks and Pans Review: "song X" Starts on a Bottom-Heavy Note, Played at a Swaying Tempo Like a Seaworthy Drinking Song Set to Gale-Force, Guitar Power Chords. "people My Age, They Don't Do the Things I Do," Sings Young on "i'm the Ocean," a Typically Sca

updated 07/10/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/10/1995 01:00AM

It's curious that the darkly charismatic Vedder doesn't contribute more than some backing vocals here. He could have sung lead on "Scenery," a perfectly cynical vehicle for Vedder's well-known distrust of fame. (The tune could also be interpreted as another of Young's reflections on Kurt Cobain's suicide, like last year's "Sleeps with Angels" track.) But perhaps Vedder's minor role does serve a purpose: the brooding new pop icon observing the master at work. (Reprise)

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