DIY's 50 Albums of the Year 2010

DIY's 50 Albums of the Year 2010

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1. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
87
235 reviews

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
87
29 reviews
User Score
86
390 reviews
While it could be said there’s a lack of the primal force that dominated ‘Funeral’, it’s been replaced with craft and beauty.

3. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
81
93 reviews

4. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
April 6, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
81
28 reviews

5. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
32 reviews
User Score
89
436 reviews

There is no weak link; there is not a single misstep (and this is a 68-minute-long album). This may very well be his masterpiece.

6. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
25 reviews
User Score
87
223 reviews

7. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
83
33 reviews

8. These New Puritans - Hidden

These New Puritans - Hidden
March 2, 2010
Art Rock
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
83
37 reviews

9. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
June 8, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
83
81 reviews

10. 65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway

65daysofstatic - We Were Exploding Anyway
May 11, 2010
Post-Rock
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
84
9 reviews

11. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
80
78 reviews

12. Liars - Sisterworld

Liars - Sisterworld
March 9, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
82
23 reviews

13. Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses

Pulled Apart By Horses - Pulled Apart By Horses
June 21, 2010
Post-Hardcore
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
87
2 reviews

14. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
January 26, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
76
16 reviews

15. Girls - Broken Dreams Club

Girls - Broken Dreams Club
November 22, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
14 reviews
User Score
84
42 reviews

16. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
User Score
83
129 reviews

17. Weezer - Hurley

Weezer - Hurley
September 14, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
65
20 reviews
User Score
58
25 reviews

18. Sky Larkin - Kaleide

Sky Larkin - Kaleide
August 6, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
NR

19. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
25 reviews
User Score
80
29 reviews

20. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
87
258 reviews

With ‘Teen Dream’, Scally and Legrand have created absorbing, atmospheric music that never strains for significance or seriousness, but is affecting all the same.

21. Broken Records - Let Me Come Home

Broken Records - Let Me Come Home
January 11, 2011
Folk
Critic Score
63
6 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

22. The Morning Benders - Big Echo

The Morning Benders - Big Echo
March 9, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
User Score
82
19 reviews

23. Zola Jesus - Stridulum II

Zola Jesus - Stridulum II
August 23, 2010
Psychedelic
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
83
12 reviews

24. Glasser - Ring

Glasser - Ring
September 28, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
82
15 reviews

25. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
84
16 reviews
User Score
82
51 reviews

26. Salem - King Night

Salem - King Night
September 28, 2010
Witch House
Critic Score
70
19 reviews
User Score
77
8 reviews

27. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
82
199 reviews

28. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
68
24 reviews
User Score
77
106 reviews

29. Mystery Jets - Serotonin

Mystery Jets - Serotonin
July 13, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
9 reviews
User Score
73
7 reviews

30. Wavves - King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
August 3, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
80
64 reviews

31. Women - Public Strain

Women - Public Strain
September 28, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
78
15 reviews
User Score
83
19 reviews

32. Perfume Genius - Learning

Perfume Genius - Learning
June 21, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
82
19 reviews

33. Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws

Bombay Bicycle Club - Flaws
July 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
63
9 reviews
User Score
72
13 reviews

34. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
87
200 reviews

35. Errors - Come Down With Me

Errors - Come Down With Me
March 1, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

36. Former Ghosts - New Love

Former Ghosts - New Love
October 26, 2009
Synthpop
Critic Score
67
9 reviews
User Score
NR

37. Wild Nothing - Gemini

Wild Nothing - Gemini
May 25, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
81
46 reviews

38. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
September 14, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
84
23 reviews

39. Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry

Meursault - All Creatures Will Make Merry
May 24, 2010
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
NR

40. Forest Swords - Dagger Paths

Forest Swords - Dagger Paths
March 1, 2010
Psychedelic
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
82
10 reviews

41. Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Deftones - Diamond Eyes
May 4, 2010
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
77
25 reviews

42. Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History
April 27, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
68
10 reviews
User Score
76
42 reviews

43. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
November 22, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
67
18 reviews
User Score
68
20 reviews

44. Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin

Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
10 reviews
User Score
73
5 reviews

45. Everything Everything - Man Alive

Everything Everything - Man Alive
August 30, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
User Score
74
16 reviews

46. The Xcerts - Scatterbrain

The Xcerts - Scatterbrain
October 4, 2010
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
10
1 review

47. The Futureheads - The Chaos

The Futureheads - The Chaos
June 1, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
71
2 reviews

48. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner
October 12, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
76
14 reviews

49. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
March 2, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
79
15 reviews

50. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
77
37 reviews
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