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**** PEARL JAM, "No Code," Epic. This frisky and freewheeling album lacks some of the band's signature touches and the urgency of "Vitalogy," but there are gratifying moments of growth.


Albums and other items in the Gift Guide are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).

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