Sound — 10
One and only surviving member of the four founding fathers of grunge (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam), Pearl Jam is the defining sound of grunge. But there sound is not limited to a specific one. Pearl Jam move sonically from a rockin' Alive to a depressed, pondering Black then to an epic Release. This album reminds me of something The Who or Zeppelin would make because of the way it moves from one idea to the next (like telling a story).
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics of the songs on this album tell appeal your emotions. Not suprising, since Eddie Vedder drew alot of his inspiration from his very rough personal life. On songs such as Alive, Jeremy, Garden, Black, and Release, the lyrics bring you in, and you feel the sweet emotion dripping from every word (especially from the last "Release Me" of "Release").
Overall Impression — 10
This album is one of the few albums I listen to all the way through. And while Pearl Jam has remained under the mainstream radar, this is still one of the top if not the top Pearl Jam albums, in terms of lyrics, and sound. Ten gets a Ten because it is one of the defining albums of the '90s.