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Top 20 of 2012

Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?

1. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 
3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World 
4. John K. Samson – Provincial 
5. Flume – Flume
6. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE 
7. Tame Impala – Lonerism 
8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
9. Balmorhea – Stranger
10. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
11. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
12. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
13. The Men – Open Your Heart
14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
15. Bob Dylan – Tempest
16. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
18. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Honorable Mentions: People Get Ready, Grizzly Bear, Lucero, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Tallest Man on Earth

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Top 20 of 2013: 13. The Men – Open Your Heart

13. The Men – Open Your Heart

The Men - Open Your HeartSomehow, 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.