Billboard reports that Pearl Jam is still working on its first studio album since 2002’s ‘Riot Act’, hoping to release the disc next spring. “It’s been a difficult record and it’s like sometimes the harder something is, then the more valuable it becomes,” frontman Eddie Vedder said during a Brazilian radio interview earlier this week. “It’s easily the best stuff we’ve done but also some of the hardest stuff. It’s very aggressive, because again, it’s kind of a product of what it’s like to be an American these days. It’s pretty aggressive, especially when you turn it loud.” Read more.