Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt' (10/15)
Pearl Jam were in no rush when they began recording their 10th LP, Lightning Bolt, nearly two years ago. "We cut six or seven songs," says the band's longtime producer Brendan O'Brien. "But they weren't quite ready to finish a record." This year, they finally got down to business, completing a set of supercharged rockers like lead single "Mind Your Manners." "They've really learned over the years," adds O'Brien, who first worked with Pearl Jam on 1993's Vs. "I take each record very personally. I feel like it's my job to help them put out a record where people say, 'Oh, them. I love Pearl Jam! I'd forgotten how much I liked them.' "