Pearl Jam, formed from the 'band' Temple of the Dog' with members of Soundgarden, releases their first album. It was released at the right time, right when Grunge became a house-hold name. Eddie Veddar, lead singer and soon to be rhythm guitarist, became somewhat a messiah and a sex symbol for years after the album was released, one of those things that haunted him. But the album, great with it's core Grunge and intense sound, also had a haunting. Jeremy, the biggest hit that Pearl Jam so far has, created such a large stir and so much gossip, that Pearl Jam decided after finished filming their second video, 'Oceans' (also on the album) they decided never to make a video ever again. Which is a shame, since they made GREAT videos, different videos, one that would slap the face of modern videos and make them good.
Even though this album shows Pearl Jam at it's strongest, most intense recordings, it also shows them at their deepest. The song 'Release', 'Oceans', and 'Black', all show Pearl Jam's deep and echoic sound. The song 'Garden', would be found all over albums by Creed, even though this is about 7 years before Creed ever formed. Pearl Jam diffinetly was original, still is, but has been copied and produced many times.
This album is great and should be among the other great Grunge albums, since it was one of them that made it with Nirvana's Nevermind. This album is Pearl Jam at their best.