Sound — 8
Released in 1993, this is Pearl Jam's second album. It is 46 minutes long and the sound quality is very good in a grunge kindo of way. The original CD came in a cardboard cover that was hard to figure out how to open. This is just a very good CD throughout. There are no weak songs on it. There are some great numbers, like W.M.A. and Rearviewmirror. There is a lot of energy in the music. The only real problem is the mix, in some spots. The drums can be up front too much on some tracks, especially Leash.
Lyrics — 9
Eddie Vedder is an amazing singer-songwriter-composer, and it really shows on this album. I will always think of him as one of the original "grunge ambassadors" just because of his raspy glass-shattering voice. He is an excellent singer. Stone Gossard's and Mike McCready's guitars went very well with Eddie's vocals.
Overall Impression — 9
This album caught a lot of flack and a lot of people didn't like it. I am not one of those people, I really liked this album. Trying to follow up "Ten" (one of the greatest rock albums ever) is a difficult thing to do and soph. albums more often then not end up sucking. Vs is solid Pearl Jam that any fan will love. Will also be enjoyed by fans of '90s rock. If I lost this I probably would end up buying it again. It is PJ at their best so I strongly urge you to pick up a copy.