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.