The mid-tempo second single from these grunge survivors is the complete opposite of the first one, the ferocious "Mind Your Manners." But no long-time fan would be surprised by this seeming curveball. Actually, after the "Manners" was released, I said to my wife, "None of the other songs on 'Lightning Bolt' will sound like this." And from what I've heard so far, that's coming true.
"Sirens" is a grower. Listeners have to put themselves into Vedder's shoes or transfer Vedder's perspective to their own lives and families to get the full emotional impact of this multi-faceted ballad. But if you've ever heard sirens and thought, "Thank God, it's not us," then it won't be hard to get there.