It's hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Pearl Jam released their Juggernaut of a first release that was named 10. I have to start this post off by saying I was never a huge fan. I went with my college girlfriend (who reads these posts so please forgive me) to see Pearl Jam in concert when they visited Louisville but still didn't fully buy in.
I think my problem with fully jumping on the band wagon was two fold. Firs, at the time of the release Grnge was sooo in, that it was just in your face all of the time. I guess too much hype in the media for me. The other reason is Eddie Vedder. Eddie Vedder has a very unique vocal sound, of which I don't care for.
With my confession being said, I haven't listened to the album 10 in probably a decade or more and wanted to refresh myself on the sound. With my first listen I kind of have the same reaction I had 25 years and was not overly impressed,. Then once I got past Eddie Vedder there is some good Hard Rock here. The guitar playing and the musical sound is terrific Rock, Mike McCredy and Stone Gossard as the dual guitarist in the band are spot on and deliver timeless Hard Rock guitar riffs. To my surprise on my 2nd listening I was really getting into the sound.
I still don't buy into the hype about the band, and Eddie Vedder's delivery still leaves me flat. Is Ten good Hard Rock? Musically sure, is it worth the worship and the idea that they changed Rock and Roll, I leave those ideas to others. 10 is a fun trip down memory lane. I will leave it at that.
Til next time, listen to the best; your ears deserve it.