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Artist of the Day – Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)

Ten is the debut studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on August 27, 1991, through Epic Records. Following the disbanding of bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard’s previous group Mother Love Bone, the two recruited vocalist Eddie Vedder, guitarist Mike McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen to form Pearl Jam in 1990. Most of the songs began as instrumental jams, to which Vedder added lyrics about topics such as depression, homelessness, and abuse. Though a grunge record, Ten’s musical style is influenced by classic rock and combines an “expansive harmonic vocabulary” with an anthemic sound. While it deals with dark subject matter, it has generally been seen as a landmark of the early 1990s alternative rock sound, with Vedder’s unusually deep and strong voice alternating between solidity and vibrato against the unrestrained, guitar-heavy, hard rock sound that drew influence from rock bands of the 1970s.

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