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Ten
     

Ten

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by Pearl Jam
 

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Nirvana's Nevermind may have been the album that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but there's no underestimating the role that Pearl Jam's Ten played in keeping them there. Nirvana's appeal may have been huge, but it wasn't universal; rock radio still viewed them as too raw and

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Nirvana's Nevermind may have been the album that broke grunge and alternative rock into the mainstream, but there's no underestimating the role that Pearl Jam's Ten played in keeping them there. Nirvana's appeal may have been huge, but it wasn't universal; rock radio still viewed them as too raw and punky, and some hard rock fans dismissed them as weird misfits. In retrospect, it's easy to see why Pearl Jam clicked with a mass audience -- they weren't as metallic as Alice in Chains or Soundgarden, and of Seattle's Big Four, their sound owed the greatest debt to classic rock. With its intricately arranged guitar textures and expansive harmonic vocabulary, Ten especially recalled Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. But those touchstones might not have been immediately apparent, since -- aside from Mike McCready's Clapton/Hendrix-style leads -- every trace of blues influence has been completely stripped from the band's sound. Though they rock hard, Pearl Jam is too anti-star to swagger, too self-aware to puncture the album's air of gravity. Pearl Jam tackles weighty topics -- abortion, homelessness, childhood traumas, gun violence, rigorous introspection -- with an earnest zeal unmatched since mid-'80s U2, whose anthemic sound they frequently strive for. Similarly, Eddie Vedder's impressionistic lyrics often make their greatest impact through the passionate commitment of his delivery rather than concrete meaning. His voice had a highly distinctive timbre that perfectly fit the album's warm, rich sound, and that's part of the key -- no matter how cathartic Ten's tersely titled songs got, they were never abrasive enough to affect the album's accessibility. Ten also benefited from a long gestation period, during which the band honed the material into this tightly focused form; the result is a flawlessly crafted hard rock masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644785746
catalogNumber:
47857

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Performance Credits

Pearl Jam   Primary Artist
Jeff Ament   Bass
Stone Gossard   Guitar
Walter Gray   Cello
Dave Krusen   Drums
Mike McCready   Guitar
Tim Palmer   Percussion
Rick Parashar   Organ,Percussion,Piano
Eddie Vedder   Vocals

Technical Credits

Pearl Jam   Producer
Jeff Ament   Composer,Artwork,Art Direction
Don Gilmore   Engineer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Dave Krusen   Composer
Mike McCready   Composer
Tim Palmer   Engineer
Rick Parashar   Producer
Eddie Vedder   Composer,Artwork
Dave Hillis   Engineer
Adrian Moore   Engineer
Steve Pitstick   Artwork

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Ten 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Selling 11 million copies and shaping the style of 90's rock and roll that spawned from Seattle, Ten is a masterfully crafted and impeccably produced LP. Taking likeable minor-chord progressions and turning them into catchy, timeless rhythm-lead licks, the band struck gold with the Zeppelin-esque numbers "Even Flow" and "Alive." What made Ten powerful, however, was the fact that there was no "filler" material. Every song is bathed in warm, embracing, richly-textured studio perfections, which brings the hard rock riffs to possess great emotional capabilities. The energetic guitar interplay between Gossard and McCready fuels the solos of "Alive" and "Garden," but the band's ability to restrain and filter their talents to create gentler, calculated numbers like "Black" and "Jeremy" proved that the band was capable of stepping outside the comfortable limits of minor-key rock and roll and expressing their deep emotions to their audiences. Vedder's powerful and deeply poetic lyrics also bring Ten to a higher level of contemplation and ingenuity, while the odd but sleep inducing "Oceans" and the opening and closing psychadelic instrumental "Master/Slave" hinted at the innovative and unique style of music that Pearl Jam would identify with in their later work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is excellent! I can see why they outsold Nirvana's "Nevermind," which is still a great album. Jeremy, Alive, Even Flow, and Black are the best songs on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is hands-down the greatest grunge album. It is original, expressive and unique! Pearl Jam rules! Eddie Vedder is one of the Greatest vocalists in Rock History! Pearl Jam is an awesome band!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nirvana's nevermind was an excellent album that formed a new style of music, but pearl jam's ten is the best album of the 90s, simpily because eddie vedder's vocals are amazing and mike mccready is the best rock guitarist of the 90s. Ten is a classic album that is too good to not own!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if i were stranded on a desert island, this is the one album i would want stranded with me. this is truly the finest of the pearl jam collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really peaceful rock songs. Made with style! Good voice, good guitars. "Alive", "Black", "Even Flow" and "Jeremy" are true classics. This album is for every one who like peaceful rock. Perfect album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pearl Jam's first album is musically and lyrically perfect. Each song has its own identity and style. Even Flow, Alive, and Jeremy will be played on classic rock stations for eternity. Every other song is indeed deserving of the same title. Black and Deep are lyrically some of Pearl Jam's best. Lastly, I could not think of a better song than Release to end this record. The best album of the 90's. If not in your collection, add it as soon as possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is some of Pearl Jam's finest work; don't miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If Nevermind was the breakthrough, Ten was the watershed. With more intricate guitar licks and insightful lyrics, Pearl Jam proves they are the best band of the grunge movement and maybe since U2 hit the scene. Keeping rocking Vedder. Who can forget the song "Jeremy" ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ahhh Grunge, my era, my music. If you want an honest opinion, this is the best Pearl Jam CD I own in my whole Grunge collection, becuase it's just "one of those" typical CD's you can run through and be like "Yeah I think I'll listen to some Pearl Jam today!" And you get a kick out of it as well... Another thing is you can listen to this CD in any mood you're in, People have there varieties of music they listen to, like Cannibal Corpse would be their "pissed off" music... I however disagree with that, since music brightens my life so much. People who are "moody" when it comes to music can listen to this CD in any mood they're in, You can just relax to this CD, or headbang to it or you could take it out on the CD when your pissed while it calms you down, This CD has those powers, I love Pearl Jam, I love Grunge!!! BUY THIS CD!!!
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