Ten review by Pearl Jam

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  • Released: Aug 27, 1991
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (222 votes)
Pearl Jam: Ten
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Sound — 10
Ten is no doubtfully a grunge album, and along with Nevermind and Dirt it defines the melodic yet violent facet of grunge. The production is amazing, it really sounds hard-rock thing. By the time Ten was made, Pearl Jam was passing through their best musical period, curiously, their first studio album. Stone Gossard came up with powerful, kick-ass riffs (Once, Even Flow, Alive, Jeremy, Porch), Mike McCready's solos are awesome, melodic, so expressive (Once, Even Flow, Alive, Why Go), Dave's drums are what I use to call Hard Rock beat, a very head banger rhythm (Once, Even Flow, Why Go, Porch, Deep), Jeff Ament's bass lines play in some songs the main role, by giving the tune (Alive, Jeremy, Oceans, Release) and finally, the best quality of the album, Eddie Vedder's fantastic vocal performance (Black, Jeremy, Oceans, Porch, Release).

Lyrics — 10
Eddie Vedder rises above anything and reveals his feelings through musical, harmonic poems. The subjects are so many from anger and revolt to love. Those themes are treated so carefully and harmoniously that we could read his lyrics as an epic poem. He was also able to mix the lyrics with the songs in a unique way that the pieces fit so well. And the voice! Better than ever, Vedder's voice in this album gives life to the lyrics. And when we hear songs like Release (which I think it's his best vocal performance ever), Jeremy (silver medal) and Black (bronze medal), they almost makes you cry.

Overall Impression — 10
Like I said in the sound, this album is part of the Grunge movement. Before it was made, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder (all of them from Pearl Jam), along with Matt Cameron (ex-Soundgarden, Pearl Jam drummer now) and Chris Cornell (ex-Soudgarden, Audioslave Vocalist now) made the album Temple Of The Dog (with one of the best vocal performance ever Say Hello To Heaven and Hunger Strike). I think Ten is a bit influenced by that album, but by the time it was made, Pearl Jam clearly had its sound.

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    dragonbass5
    one of the best albums ever. i wish Pearl Jam were recognised by more people as the true kings of grunge and music in the 90s. long live Pearl Jam
    DaBlackE
    This, IMO is the best album Pearl Jam did. Everything after VS I think is crap. Any CD by Alice In Chains is better than Pearl Jam.
    _TheWorst
    Fantastic CD. As of current, I'd say this album is their pinnacle, but I do hope they can recreate even half this intensity and brilliance in later works. (Worldwide Suicide was good, but not to this level).
    altrockrules
    i agree with jlm totally release is the most amazing pearl jam song ever. I have never heard a song so powerfully and emotionally sung ever before. Eddie is definitely the most amazing grunge singer ever if pearl jam agreed to a little more publicity they would be one of the most popular bands even now like rhcp. Amazing band they still went multi platinum without the publicity
    knox
    dimebag420666 wrote: grunge sux pearl jam sux you all need to die satan rules
    roFl 2 da maxxxx ya hurd
    brian_s
    dimebag420666 wrote: grunge sux pearl jam sux you all need to die satan rules
    You will kiss satans ass in hell! Dimebag wannabe :-D
    tilinmyowngrave
    haha pearl jam are better than any satan worshiping shite you listen to!!! what a naive comment to make... i mean, you come across as a complete fag.
    Serigo
    anyone else see el pearl jam at leeds? AWSOME...kinda im not a big fan so i didn't know any of the sogns but the nosie was pretty good
    kitfoo
    Man, has it already been 15 years??!!! I remember buying the tape of Ten when I was in high school!
    E harris
    along with appetite for destruction, bloodsugarsexmagick and rage against the machine, its one of d best albums of d last 20 years!!
    Theveryphil
    Its a good cd, I probably haven't given it the time it deserves though. I still think 'Superunknown' is the best grunge album though...
    LynchMobster
    hey, JMan2423, they were not the onnly founding fathres of grunge. Mother love bone, who Gossard and Ament left after the lead singer died to form peaarl jam, were grunge. not to mention the first bband labeled grunge was Mudhoney. great cd, though. no PERFECT cd.
    richard900
    whats the point in reading reviews if almost everyone puts a 10 for everything????
    toobsok
    tilinmyowngrave : haha pearl jam are better than any satan worshiping shite you listen to!!! what a naive comment to make... i mean, you come across as a complete fag.
    ummm. you just contradicted yourself there buddy.
    Tyler5454
    to our dear friend dimebag, i can only assume that you are a fan of pantera, which i as some what educated connoisseur of music can say that i do respect them for their influence, dimebags talent, and their innovative sound. But, To ignorantly call out one of the single greatest american rock bands (USA Today voted them #1) only shows your complete and total naiveity and your lack of any sort of eclectic taste and exposure to different music. Simply put, your sheltered. Any self-respecting lover of music, whatever the genre, can appreciate or at least respect pearl jam for eddie's pure lyricism, mikes killer solos, stone's ripping riffs, matt's incredible fills (Story Tellers-Pearl-Jam-VH1), and there dedication to their fans (Ticketmaster Lawsuit) I'm sorry that Pearl Jam's music was appreciated enough to where they became mainstreem and because of your lack of self-esteem that left you worshiping satan, you are obliged to hate anything seen as good in the public eye. You're not a rebel, you have no cause, and you are completely out of your element.
    SeattleJEM7
    green river is considered the first grunge band ever. it had members of pearl jam, screaming trees, and mudhoney
    Strat_Monkey
    One and only surviving member of the four founding fathers of grunge (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam),
    There were other grunge bands around before Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees and Mudhoney, for example. Pearl Jam were comparatively a little late to the scene, although they were one of the first grunge bands to break into the mainstream. However, Stone and Jeff were in an earlier grunge band called Green River, so they were kind of pioneering... but not Pearl Jam.
    guitarwhiz234
    ****ingn great album , best ever Nevermind sux compared to Ten. I saw Pearl Jam live it was ****in amazing played for 3 1/2 hours straight . Good stuff keep up the good work guys.
    brian_s
    Awsome record, I have some 1992 edition of "Ten". It has 3 bonus tracks Alive (live), Wash and Dirty Frank.
    CustomCustom
    The difference between this, dirt and Nevermind is Dirt and Ten require talent to play the guitar parts.
    JD89
    Definately deserves a high score, I think this album is close to perfection. I'm disappointed because I think Jeremy was overplayed and other great songs on the album like Black and Once aren't as famous.
    Walkin'Basser
    AIC > PJ gwitersnamps listen to the solo in AIC's "hate to feel". it's kinda short but it's amazing IMO. (incredible sound with a wah pedal)
    Deliriumbassist
    Mcut202 wrote: kingjiyoon wrote: do they still sell their cd? No of course not.
    yes they do. I've seen it in my local HMV loads
    mark276
    Hardcore PJ fan here, and nothing will ever top this album to me...I literally grew up with it (my mom is an uber-fan) and every song reminds me of my youth haha.
    Mcut202
    Deliriumbassist wrote: Mcut202 wrote: kingjiyoon wrote: do they still sell their cd? No of course not. yes they do. I've seen it in my local HMV loads
    I was being sarcastic. I know. It's kind of hard to tell on the internet.
    gwitersnamps
    Great album. The solo at the end of Alive has got to be the most perfect solo I've ever heard. Simple, bluesy, gets the job done, it's almost a part of the rythm section. I've never been able to see this song live, but I imagine it's incredible.
    thebrewfan
    gwitersnamps wrote: Great album. The solo at the end of Alive has got to be the most perfect solo I've ever heard. Simple, bluesy, gets the job done, it's almost a part of the rythm section. I've never been able to see this song live, but I imagine it's incredible.
    It is, I have, it was amazing...Mccreedy at his finest.