13. The Men – Open Your Heart
Somehow, The Men have managed to put out three albums in three years. More importantly, it’s not slapped-together LPs of hurried work. The Men actually get better with each record.
Open Your Heart is definitely less rough, but every bit as blistering as their previous efforts. It’s got the pummeling “Turn It Around” and two distorted seven-minute-plus jams, but it also veers off a few times. “Country Song” is exactly what it sounds like: a slow country song. “Candy” falls in the same category, too, but somehow, it totally works.
Right now, the Men have the recording pace of Neil Young. Let’s hope they never fall into his hit-or-miss pattern and just keep pumping out classics like this one.