Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ten vs. Ten

The battle has been raging since Brendan O'Brien's remix of Ten leaked to the masses, but one Pearl Jam fan, Tim, at The Mental Defective League, has taken it upon himself to quantify his results and lay down a quality review comparing Ten and Ten Redux on a track-by-track basis.  I don't want to spoil the final victory for you, so I'll just post his intro, and leave it to you and your link-clicking abilities to determine if you get to see the results.

Ah, Ten.  The anthems.  The pink teamwork of the cover.  The album name taken from a relatively obscure basketball player’s jersey number.  What’s not to like?  Well, according to some fans and the band themselves, plenty.  Which is why we have a new version for our listening pleasure.

With the release of the Brendan O’Brien translation of Pearl Jam’s Ten, we have an interesting battle of sorts.  The original vs. the “new and improved.”  Can you improve upon a classic?  Is it worth doing?  These questions and more can only be answered in a good, old-fashioned track-by-track smackdown.

So, we match the 1991 original produced by Rick Parashar with the 2009 remix produced by Brendan O’Brien.

Let TEN VS. TEN begin.

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