Pearl Jam are returning from a four-year recording hiatus this October with Lightning Bolt, their 10th studio album. (Bizarrely, an actual lighting bolt caused a long rain delay at their Wrigley Field gig last week.) Many critics probably thought that Pearl Jam wouldn't make it to 10 albums. Their debut album Ten sold millions upon millions of copies; it was an impossible level to reach ever again, and Eddie Vedder seemed particularly ill-suited for mega-fame. By 1996, most of their grunge peers were either dead, hobbled by drugs or parting ways with their groups.
Against all odds, Pearl Jam continue to release great work and amass a huge cult following with marathon concerts that seem to only get better as the band ages. We asked our readers to select their 10 favorite Pearl Jam albums last week. Click through to see the results.
By ANDY GREENE