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Part of the ês Seattle grunge triumvirate completed by Nirvana and Soundgarden, Pearl Jam debuted with Ten, their most accessible, least self-conscious album. Over time, PJ's rep as a politically correct band just a little too above it all to prostitute its music on MTV has nearly superseded the music. But before that, they were a simply an in-your-face, in-your-head, loud, melodic rock band. And lead singer Eddie Vedder was known for his possessed stage presence and a primal growl that sounded like it required three vocal chords. The personal, narrative singles "Alive,""Jeremy," and "Even Flow" catapulted the reluctant band into the 10-million-plus-sales division. Subsequent albums are more intricate, subtle, thematically complex, and, in many ways, better than Ten. But the band may never repeat the stampede caused by this debut. --Beth Bessmer

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tracklisting: Once
Even Flow
Why Go
title: Ten
rating: 5
purchase date: 09-05-2005
published: 27-08-1991
price: $13.98
net Rating: 4.5
last lookup time: 137384688
genre: Grunge
fullTitle: Ten
currentValue: $2.75
created: 137384672
country: us
aspect: Audio CD
asin: B0000027RL
artist: Pearl Jam