TEN 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Ten, arguably the greatest rock debut of all time, turned 30 today.
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Ten, the debut studio album by Pearl Jam, turned 30 today.

“Arguably the greatest rock debut of all time.”
—George Garner for Kerrang!

“Flawlessly crafted hard rock masterpiece.”
—Steve Huey for AllMusic

“Raucous modern rock, spiked with infectious guitar motifs and powered with driving bass and drums”
—Q

“The band sounds larger than life, producing a towering inferno of roaring guitars, monumental bass and drums, and from-the-gut vocals.”
—Stereo Review

“Occasionally overwrought and unrelentingly humorless, the music nonetheless exerts a hypnotic power at its best.”
—Greg Kot for Chicago Tribune

Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Dave Krusen (from left), 1991. Photo: Sony Music.

In 2003, VH1 placed Ten at number 83 on their list of the 100 greatest albums of rock and roll. In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums and NME organised a poll of which, 40,000 people worldwide voted for the 100 best albums ever and Ten was placed at number 66 on the list. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2020, Ten was ranked number 160 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Last December, Ten was announced as one of many inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class.

Happy 30th anniversary, Ten!

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Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
Rudolf Dethu

Rudolf Dethu

Music journalist, writer, radio DJ, socio-political activist, creative industry leader, and a qualified librarian, Rudolf Dethu is heavily under the influence of the punk rock philosophy. Often tagged as this country’s version of Malcolm McLaren—or as Rolling Stone Indonesia put it ‘the grand master of music propaganda’—a name based on his successes when managing Bali’s two favourite bands, Superman Is Dead and Navicula, both who have become two of the nation’s biggest rock bands.
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