Looking for something awesome to jam out to? Here’s and album that is one of my personal favorites that demands nothing but jamming and singing along to. Ten was the first album that future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Pearl Jam has come out with. It was towards the end of the summer of 1991 and music was starting to get good again after the mostly mediocre music of the 1980’s. Some of the bandmates of Pearl Jam put together the sound of the songs in a jamming way. Lead vocalist, Eddie Vedder then added in his lyrics that are mostly about him suffering from depression and domestic abuse as a younger person.
Eddie Vedder gave a new sound to lead singers of bands. He was kind of a mix between Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant. Everyone at the time loved Eddie. No one understood the sound at first, but then everyone started loving it. The 90’s was the beginning of a new direction of Rock and Roll. The direction that Pearl Jam was taking was Grunge. People often accuse Pearl Jam of jumping on the bandwagon of Grunge when they put out this Ten album. That is just because people didn’t want to admit that they were better than Nirvana! (I may get a lot of shit for saying this).
While Ten may have not immediately became number one on the charts, its following took some time to develop. Ten did not reach its full success until about late 1992 when it became number two on the top billboard 200 chart. To this day, Pearl Jam’s Ten is still recognized as one of the best albums of the 90’s and also one of the best albums in the last 20 years.
Overall, Ten is that kind of album where if you wanna just relax and have a quick jam sesh, its the go to album. I myself often find this as my go to album.
Essential Tracks: “Even Flow,” “Alive,” “Black,” “Jeremy”
Grade= A (Excellent!)