Sound — 10
The sound on this album seems to have quite a bit of reverb, making it sound a lot more youthful than the the other albums. One of the great things about ten is the diversity of the music on the album. If you count Yellow Ledbetter in than you have a nice blues track, (and riff at the beginning) a lot of hard rock inspired music, (why go, even flow) and definitely some more classic rock inspired songs. (porch, alive) All this with a nice soft ending in release make it a brilliant combination.
Lyrics — 10
My impression of the lyrics are quite clear. They're sometimes very abstract but overall their amazing. From Alive, the anthem-like song about Eddie's parental issues, to Jeremy the story of a child committing suicide. Even some of the not so good songs have awesome lyrics, especially porch. Not to mention the albums Mamasan trilogy going from Alive, to Once, about a man becoming a serial killer, and then Footsteps (on the back of the Jeremy single) looking back at his life in his prison cell. Just a great collection of written lyrics and songs.
Overall Impression — 10
Personally I think it is my all-time favorite grunge album. Yes that means I think it's better than Nevermind, or In Utero, or Temple of the Dog, or Dirt. Definitely the best Pearl Jam album without a doubt, they lost their touch by no code I think, the first three are all awesome but this one definitely tops the others. The great thing about ten is that ANY song is good of it. (besides the bonus tracks Wash and Dirty Frank) The other day I simply sat down and thought what's the worst song on Ten. I went back and listened to Garden, probably the worst song. I came to the conclusion that the worst song was a great song. every song is at least a 8/10, with Release, Alive, Jeremy, Even Flow, and Oceans all being solid tens. I'd definitely buy it again if it were stolen or lost. I borrowed this from a friend originally, uploaded it to my computer and about 6 months bought the CD from him just to have it in hand. Great album.