Pearl Jam

Better Man

Composed by Eddie Vedder

Song Review by

Taken from Eddie Vedder’s previous band, “Better Man” was arguably the stand out track on 1994’s Vitalogy -- and equally arguably -- on the bands’ better songs in the whole of their career. A simple tune centered around a woman who just can’t seem to get away from her less-than-stellar man, “Better Man’s” most memorable moment is when the song shifts gears from a slow, candle lit affair to an almost ironic road tune. The music actually changes the feel of the lyrics, leaving the impression that although she can’t find a ‘better man,’ perhaps she’s decided not to look for a man at all and just strike out on her own. Vitalogy was, admittedly, the end of Pearl Jam’s reign as top rock act and it’s because of songs like “Better Man” that they were able to stay there without succumbing to all the traps of stardom and shameless marketing.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Vitalogy 1994 Epic / Legacy 4:29
Live on Two Legs 1998 Epic 4:06
No Image 1999 4:05
Nothing as It Seems 2000 Sony Music Distribution 4:37
Binaural 2000 Sony Music Distribution 4:37
Live: 29-6-00 Spectrum - Oslo, Norway 2000 Sony Music Distribution 4:35
Live: 9-5-00 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2001 E2K 6:18
Live: 11-6-00 - Seattle Washington 2001 Sony Music Distribution 5:13
Touring Band 2000 [Video/DVD] 2001 EPC
Live: 03-03-03 - Tokyo, Japan 2003 Sony Music Distribution 4:32
Live from Japan 2003 Epic 4:32
Live: 05-03-03 - State College, Pennsylvania 2003 Sony Music Distribution 10:39
Live: 07-11-03 Mansfield, MA 2003 Columbia
No Image 2003 Sony Music
For the Lady 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 4:25
Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003 2004 Epic 4:28
Live at the Gorge 05/06 2007 Monkeywrench / Rhino 7:35
Immagine in Cornice: Picture in a Frame 2007 Monkeywrench
Vs./Vitalogy/Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994 2011 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy / Sony Music 4:28
Pearl Jam Twenty [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2011 Columbia / Monkeywrench 6:50
The Bridge School Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition 2011
Various Artists
Reprise 4:45
Dissident: Live at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA - 1994 2015 BRR
Chicago, 1995 2015 Chrome Dreams / Smokin' 4:20
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