Pearl Jam

Better Man

Composed by Pearl Jam / 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 4:28
Vs./Vitalogy/Live at the Orpheum Theater, Boston, April 12, 1994 2011 Epic / Legacy / Sony Legacy / Sony Music 4:28