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Pitchfork's 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

Pitchfork's 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far (2010-2014)

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100. Clams Casino - Instrumental

Clams Casino - Instrumental
March 2, 2011
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

97. Rustie - Glass Swords

Rustie - Glass Swords
October 11, 2011
Critic Score
83
13 reviews

96. Young Thug - 1017 Thug

Young Thug - 1017 Thug
February 23, 2013
Critic Score
74
1 review

95. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
January 31, 2011
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Space never feels like a showcase for Nicolas Jaar; it's just a modest and well-decorated gathering place for some things he loves, a place for them to interact.

94. How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?

How to Dress Well - What Is This Heart?
June 24, 2014
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

Krell is informed by genre but driven by expression; in his mind, pop music is anything that aspires for the most immediate and impactful connection, even if it risks embarrassment in the process. As a result, his transcendent third LP "What Is This Heart?" is a pop album of the highest caliber.

93. Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
February 15, 2011
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

The notion of music as a cheapened, battered object, touches nearly every aspect of Ravedeath, 1972, a dark and often claustrophobic record that is arguably Hecker's finest work to date.

92. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
October 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

Spacious, boldly orchestrated, and emotionally rich, Khan's latest is another step forward for the multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, and one of the year's most beguiling albums.

91. Actress - Splazsh

Actress - Splazsh
May 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

90. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
March 5, 2013
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

It’s that blazingly honest, hyper-personal quality that places Cerulean Salt in the tradition of Elliott Smith, early Cat Power, or Liz Phair's free-flowing Girlysound tapes-- the work of a songwriter skilled enough to make introspection seem not self-centered, but generous.

89. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?

Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
June 8, 2010
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Describing Emeralds' music feels a little like capping that underwater oil spill must: how do you get your hands around this stuff? The Cleveland trio may favor methodical cadences in their music, but their releases come fast and furious. According to Discogs.com, they've put out around 40 releases in just four years, most of them CDRs and cassettes. There are variations of mood and intensity, and each major release has its own particular signature, owing in part to changes in gear and technique, and in part to being a band that improvises and records non-stop. Any given album feels like a snapshot of the band in time.

88. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - Reflektor
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
78
41 reviews

They've given us something in the present tense that, these days, feels depressingly unfashionable: An Event—an album that dares to be great, and remarkably succeeds.

87. FKA Twigs - LP1

FKA Twigs - LP1
August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
35 reviews

Quiet as it may be, this is a huge album, a monumental debut. On a formal level, it takes the kinds of risks that few pop artists, and few "experimental" artists, for that matter, are willing to take these days.

86. Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - Atlas
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
75
30 reviews

They’ve made the first record of their career that feels like it might teach you something over time. It is rare, and special, for a band to be this effortlessly and completely themselves. 

85. Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be Kind
May 13, 2014
Critic Score
88
28 reviews

To Be Kind adheres to a policy of transcendence by any means necessary, even if it means repeatedly bashing you in the face with a mallet until you’re seeing stars and colors.

84. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP

A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
October 31, 2011
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

If anything LIVELOVEA$AP is a triumph of immaculate taste.

83. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
May 25, 2010
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

Innerspeaker demonstrates a subtle yet encompassing sense of control, never obstructing the grander motifs while still offering a variety of odd details that guide you back to the album's hooks.

82. Chief Keef - Finally Rich

Chief Keef - Finally Rich
December 18, 2012
Critic Score
61
11 reviews

Finally Rich benefits from some professional tweaks in the mix, but otherwise leaves Keef's sound untouched. 

81. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
August 21, 2012
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

Mature Themes is as vital as anything he's ever recorded

80. Mac DeMarco - 2

Mac DeMarco - 2
October 16, 2012
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

He's still not entirely upfront, but he has a knack for building songs where the realness of his subject matter lies just below the surface. 

78. Darkside - Psychic

Darkside - Psychic
October 8, 2013
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Though Psychic is the kind of immense and immersive experience typically described as “monolithic”, Jaar and Harrington ensure it’s more like the bubble gracing its cover—translucent and dense, electrified and organic, holding a form while constantly being prodded into new shapes.

77. Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80
July 2, 2011
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Section.80 still stands as a powerful document of a tremendously promising young guy figuring out his voice.

76. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Devotion ... marries her natural gift with throbbing instrumentation that breathes life into every single turn of phrase or sensitive vocal embellishment.

75. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
June 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

74. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

After drawing from IDM, krautrock, and sunshine pop, Dan Snaith's project sets its sights on dark and intricate dance music, with dazzling results.

73. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Attack on Memory is too visceral to feel like escapism, too vital to feel like cheap revival.

72. Danny Brown - OLD

Danny Brown - OLD
October 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

In his berserk originality, writerly flair, emotional impact, and old-fashioned craft, Danny Brown belongs in any conversation about the best rappers working, and he's at the top of his game here. 

71. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
September 13, 2011
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

Their music pilfers from the past without shame but also manages to sound like no one else.

70. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

Limiting himself to one producer, legends-only guest spots, and a real sense that he'd better make this one count, Killer Mike rises to the occasion.

69. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe

Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
November 18, 2013
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

With Cupid Deluxe, he channels those vagabond emotions into something universal and inviting—an album that tenderly details various heartaches through the language of longing. 

67. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Weeknd - House of Balloons
March 21, 2011
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

The group's penchant for druggy atmospherics is mirrored in their lyrical content, which is overtly sexual, narcotics-focused, and occasionally downright frightening.

66. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

For as much ground as he covers on It's Album Time, the music feels effortless, gliding from Henry Mancini-esque detective jazz to bouncy, Stevie Wonder funk like breeze blowing through the waffle weave of a leisure suit.

65. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
May 25, 2010
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
Crystal Castles return with a second self-titled album, embracing a more direct pop sound while retaining the sharp edges that made their debut so compelling.

64. HAIM - Days Are Gone

HAIM - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

When you hear about the influences and consider just how slick the record can be, you might imagine Haim coming over as faceless. But the band's most unusual quality on Days Are Gone is their ability to absorb inputs and continue to sound distinct.

63. Four Tet - There Is Love in You

Four Tet - There Is Love in You
January 26, 2010
Critic Score
83
24 reviews

Driven by dance-inspired beats and ghostly sampled voices, the new Four Tet album is the most focused in Kieran Hebden's catalog, and also among his best.

62. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
April 8, 2013
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

Shaking the Habitual is, inarguably, an achievement. It is the Knife's most political, ambitious, accomplished album, but in a strange way it also feels like its most personal

61. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
July 10, 2012
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Swing Lo Magellan is a confident step into the spotlight that neither depends upon public expectations nor shies away from them.

60. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

Even considering all of the horror on display, this is her most straightforward and easy to embrace album in a decade.

59. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
October 2, 2012
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

Emerging unscathed from middling mainstream performance, Kaleidoscope Dream sounds, at its utmost, natural and easy, an artist set free to do what he wants and proving himself every bit the unique voice his debut seemed to deny.

58. The-Dream - Love King

The-Dream - Love King
June 29, 2010
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

The-Dream earned his respect as a songwriter who co-wrote larger-than-life pop anthems, penning "Umbrella" for Rihanna and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" for Beyoncé, as well as less-known but evocative tracks for everyone from Usher ("Trading Places") to Rick Ross ("All I Really Want"). His solo debut, 2007's Love/Hate, broke through with minor hits "Shawty Is Da Shit" and "Falsetto", whose wildly addictive hooks papered over his slight persona. The rest of that record created a constellation of characteristics that laid out his aesthetic-- the lush production courtesy of beatmakers L.O.S. and Tricky Stewart, songs that wash into each other in the mode of a DJ mix to create a miniature suite with precision sequencing.

57. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

The music benefits from the increased professionalism, but Garbus has not abandoned her lo-fi aesthetic.

56. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap
April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Chance’s Acid Rap is a triumph of meditative moments, open-ended quests, and brass flares. The hooks are more jabs than uppercuts. None will probably bang in a club, but most will make sense live, as chanted back by a thousand fans. 

55. Andy Stott - Luxury Problems

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

Luxury Problems is more internally focused, an evocative and immersive soundtrack for a sustained look within. It's the headphones album of the year from a producer with a long history who has come into his own.

54. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra.
February 18, 2011
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

53. Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - Bloom
May 15, 2012
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

"Bloom" is also what these 10 songs do, each one starting with the sizzle of a lit fuse and at some fine moment exploding like a firework in slow motion.

52. James Blake - James Blake

James Blake - James Blake
February 8, 2011
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Horgeous, indelible tunes that are as generous in content as they are restrained in delivery.

51. Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

It’s both a relief and a bit of a shock that Night Time, My Time is not only here, but that it’s one of the most pleasing pieces of pop-rock to come along this year.

Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9465-the-top-100-albums-of-2010-2014/
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