Here’s how Rolling Stone’s music critic, David Fricke, reviewed Ten on December 12, 1991:
“On Ten, Pearl Jam — descended from the late, lamented Mother Love Bone — hurtles into the mystic at warp speed. Singer-lyricist Eddie Vedder sometimes lets his words get way ahead of his good intentions: ‘I don’t question/Our existence/I just question/Our modern needs’ (‘Garden’). Focus instead on his voice — a ragged, enraged mongrel blend of Robert Plant and James Hetfield — and the Pearls’ surprising, and refreshing, melodic restraint. They wring a lot of drama out of a few declarative power chords swimming in echo.”
Photo from the Ten cover shoot by Lance Mercer Photography.
(rare picture with Dave Krusen)