Rolling Stone - p.664 stars out of 5
-- "'Alive' hits harder; 'Black' feels broader in scope; and Eddie Vedder's soaring vocals on 'Oceans' shine brighter."
Spin - 9/99, p.136Ranked #32
in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Spin - 1/93Ranked #15
in Spin's list of the 20 Best Albums Of 1991.
Q - 12/99, p.74
Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q - 1/93, p.73
Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.
Q - 3/92, p.794 Stars
- Excellent - "...a raucous modern rock, spiked with infectious guitar motifs and powered with driving bass and drums...may well be the face of the 90's metal..."
Village Voice (3/2/93, p.5) - Ranked #34
in the Village Voice's list of the 40 Best Albums Of 1992.
Stereo Review (1/92, p.80) - Performance "Challenging" / Recording "Good" - "...the band sounds larger than life, producing a towering inferno of roaring guitars, monumental bass and drums, and from-the-gut vocals...the tunes here surge, ebb, and surge again..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.51
"[T]hese songs are as touching today as the day they came out..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.52
"With its nod to classic '70s rock in the shotgun guitars and engaging Vedder's ragged, back-to-the-wall fury dissecting a fractured family life anthem like 'Alive' and 'Jeremy' sound as relevant and impassioned today as they did on the original release."
Q (Magazine) - p.123
"The hit singles 'Jeremy' and 'Alive' wove serious lyrical subject matter to flurrying guitar solos and singer Eddie Vedder's hectoring vocals..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1144 stars out of 5
-- "[With] classic songwriting that wasn't afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve....The freewheeling guitars of 'Even Flow' and 'Jeremy' sounded vintage even then, so it's no surprise that they've held up so well after all these years."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1164 stars out of 5
-- "TEN is a classic of the grunge era, its super-sized anthems and introspective mood pieces powerfully voiced by Eddie Vedder..."
Blender (Magazine) - p.645 stars out of 5
-- "It's an exhilarating punk howl....It's a batch of outsider's tales coursing with beefy swagger..."
Uncut (magazine)5 stars out of 5
-- "It sounds great...from the inflammatory guitar intro to the momentous 'Once' to the final handsome drift of 'Release,' it's a resplendent thing."
Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder (vocals); Mike McCreedy, Stone Gossard (guitar); Jeff Ament (bass); Dave Krusen (drums).
Additional personnel: Walter Gray (cello); Rick Parashar (piano, organ, percussion).
Engineers: Dave Hills, Don Gilmore, Adrian Moore.
Recorded at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington from March to April, 1991.