Ten [Reissue] - Pearl Jam
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  • Summary: The rerelease of the debut album for the grunge band is the part of a planned rerelease of the rest of its albums, leading up to its 20th anniversary in 2011.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It's quite arguable that this lean, muscular remix is a marked improvement on the original mix, as it's easier to focus on both the songs and group's interplay.
  2. 100
    His new take scythes through the original, revealing growls and guitars long obscured—sometimes it’s distracting, but often it lends the songs a newfound jolt.
  3. 100
    There is much, meanwhile, to recommend the O’Brien remix, or “deconstruction” as he puts it. What O’Brien has mostly done is strip away the more ornate layers of the Palmer mix and cutting back on the album’s moments of more florid melodrama.
  4. Producer Brendan O'Brien kicks up classics like 'Even Flow' and 'Black' by putting Vedder more upfront and toning down the reverb so listeners can better hear the interplay of guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard. Disc two tacks on six more tracks that represent the real gold for diehards who have traded sludgy bootlegs of the band's early jams for years.
  5. Ten is just Ten, and I guess for all their reservations, the band have come to accept that: there’s no mystery to the new cover, just Pearl Jam in plain view, big shorts and all.
  6. Ten deserved better than Ten Redux and the paltry bonus tracks. Fortunately, the reissue also includes a DVD of Pearl Jam's 1992 performance on "MTV Unplugged".
  7. 40
    The songs on Ten actually sound shockingly more insufferable this far out of their original grunge context. [Winter 2009, p.97]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. DavidS
    Jun 6, 2009
  2. Jul 15, 2013
    This is arguably the most intense, highest emotional album ever, starting from Jeremy ending to the final growl at Release. Its emotional, psychological deepness counts for the best album ever. Expand
  3. ScottA
    Mar 30, 2009
    This album arguably is the best the 1990s had to offer, but at the very least is 3rd only to Radiohead's OK Computer and Nirvana's Nevermind. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2012
    One of the best rock albums ever. Diversity is shown between songs such as the slow and calm 'Oceans' and the fast paced 'Porch'. Great lyrics and riffs combined as well as stories told (Jeremy) create a great, great album. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2012
    Putting the sound war aside, this record should be granted a 10 on the basis of its popular alternate rock skill. Their original, remains an incredible listen, with each and every track providing a different insight into the disenfranchised mind. 'Oceans' will always have a place in my heart, but 'Once' remains the first track I ever heard by them, and it will remain one of my favourites. Expand
  6. ToddB
    Jun 13, 2009
    Well, at least it's their best album.
  7. EricS
    Apr 29, 2009
    I became a fan a few years back, but i was born during their era. I claim to love them now, one of my favorite bands. this albums however is a lot of simple rock chords. A few good songs but not even their best. Expand

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