Why did Pearl Jam never make an album as good as this? I think the combination of them doing 50-70 takes of some songs and alcohol distracted them from evolving the psychedelic emotional intensity of the two choice cuts Even Flow, Alive, the deep cuts on the album are pretty tight but pale in comparison to the whirling masterpieces this band managed to create.
That introspective, dark, yet grooving and uplifting psychedelic sound.
Did they ever perfect it again?
Did anyone else?
Ten was very grandiose album. The band does not want to return to that. Vs. is a good example of this.
Nirvana did the same with In Utero.
They didn't want to redo the albums/songs that made them popular.
They might not be the same style as Ten but they're really great albums in their own right.
They didn't like the stadium rock production and solos. Not that it was their fault; just like with Nevermind, they didn't have the money or creative control to have the thing sound like they wanted.
He didn't like them because a bunch of Pearl Jam's members used to be in hair metal groups. Kurt thought that if you didn't start out playing indie noise rock or whatever in your local scene, you weren't really "alternative".
"We turned down Guns'N'Roses. That would have been a big waste of time. I dunno about Soundgarden. We hung out with them and they seem like good guys. But then there's groups like Alice In Chains and Pearl Jam that are obvious corporate puppets. Many of these guys were involved in the hairspray/cockrock scene for years and now suddenly they all stop washing their hair, put on flannel, move up to Seattle from LA to get a record deal, and act as if they've lived here all their life. It's extremely offensive to me."