11 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time, there were no clues that Ten would change rock forever. In 1990, Mother Love Bone’s former guitarist, Stone Gossard, and bassist, Jeff Ament, along with a San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder, formed the band Mookie Blaylock—quickly renamed Pearl Jam. Their 1991 debut, Ten, contained so many now-classic riffs and melodies, it’s hard to believe it took over a year to find that recognition. It was more dramatic and indebted to classic rock than the soon-to-be-defined new genre of grunge would suggest, but had the kind of heartfelt gravitas that could mobilize both a generation and a city: Seattle would never be the same. Vedder used his platform to confront dark issues such as suicide (“Jeremy”), homelessness (“Even Flow”), and incest (“Alive”) with a life-affirming baritone that not only spawned a flood of imitators but set Pearl Jam on a trajectory to becoming one of the biggest bands ever.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time, there were no clues that Ten would change rock forever. In 1990, Mother Love Bone’s former guitarist, Stone Gossard, and bassist, Jeff Ament, along with a San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder, formed the band Mookie Blaylock—quickly renamed Pearl Jam. Their 1991 debut, Ten, contained so many now-classic riffs and melodies, it’s hard to believe it took over a year to find that recognition. It was more dramatic and indebted to classic rock than the soon-to-be-defined new genre of grunge would suggest, but had the kind of heartfelt gravitas that could mobilize both a generation and a city: Seattle would never be the same. Vedder used his platform to confront dark issues such as suicide (“Jeremy”), homelessness (“Even Flow”), and incest (“Alive”) with a life-affirming baritone that not only spawned a flood of imitators but set Pearl Jam on a trajectory to becoming one of the biggest bands ever.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

MryMc ,

One of the best of the '90s

You simply cannot find a bad song on this album. Sure there are times when you can't understand Eddie Vedder's lyrics but who cares! It's Eddie Vedder and that's his vocal style so take it or leave it. When you listen to the songs it is hard to believe this albums is 20 years old. The music stands the test of time.

AlliVenn ,

You'd have to be deaf to not enjoy this entire album

When thinking back to high school & what grunge really was this is 1 of the few albums that define that era.

El Slappitio Grande ,

Our generation's penultimate album

I have worn out 3 cd's of this album and still listen to this album quite often. I bought this album the day it was released in 92 (on cassette lol) and it is the best representation if alt rock "grunge" that all others attempted to duplicate. Our generation's White Album or Zoso. Much respect to Nevermind for starting the genre and 10 for perfecting it.

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