Posted 18 November 2003 - 05:46 PM
Artist: Pearl Jam
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. 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 such as abortion, homelessness, childhood traumasand gun violence.
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Posted 18 November 2003 - 06:37 PM
this is pearl jams best album not saying their other stuff wasnt great either. Pearl Jam are in my top 10 all time bands they rock
Posted 21 November 2003 - 05:46 PM
Posted 24 September 2004 - 03:07 PM
But I like Vs. more. Ten is an amazing album.
Does anybody ever get the impression that Ten sounds like a band's last album? Perhaps its because it feels so complete and mature and Vs. (their second) sounds very fresh and more relaxed. Whether you like Ten more or not vs, should be here quite clearly. I have the version with three bonus tracks. The live version of Alive kicks ass. What's this whole giant four thing? They don't really sound similar Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. Nirvana are a trio punk band who sound a lot more free. Alice In Chains are more of a metal band, Soundgarden are a punk band and Pearl Jam are this blues band who know how to make blues songs in major scales and stuff. I don't get the comparisons at all.
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Posted 24 September 2004 - 03:08 PM
How is this album on here and not Nirvana's "Nevermind". It is in the Top 10 of almost everyone's greatest ablums list. It sure as hell is influential, incredibly so.
I hate Nevermind. I like to refer to it as Kurt Cobain's suicide motive. Which other Nirvana albums do you have out of interest?
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Posted 27 April 2005 - 08:20 AM
Great, great album: Absolutely essential... I need to write a review sometime!
Edited by the cash, 27 April 2005 - 12:02 PM.
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 07:09 PM
Eddie Vedder writes lyrics in such a unique way. Every song is so in depth. They all have messages that alot of people dont pick up on, such as his song "better man" its not just a song about a relationship its about not settling for less in life just because its their.
And also take "alive" for example the story line is intense. The father dies and leaves behind a wife and a son. As the son grows older genetics kick in and he begins to look more like his father. The mother still in love with and missing the father becomes attracted to the son because of his resemblance to the father.
Like the line "the look, the look, oh you know where now I can see" the look is in between her legs so now go back and listen the song if you have the album and peice it all together.
I am just amazed by their work never grow tired of it and looking forward to the release of their new album
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