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

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

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50. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Dance Pop
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
78
51 reviews

49. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
November 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
70
22 reviews
User Score
73
45 reviews

48. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
User Score
78
51 reviews

47. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
59
30 reviews
User Score
72
435 reviews

Although it’s not quite the perfect pop record ‘Video Games’ might have led us to wish for, ‘Born To Die’ still marks the arrival of a fresh – and refreshingly self-aware – sensibility in pop.

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46. David Bowie - The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day
March 12, 2013
Art Rock
Critic Score
81
35 reviews
User Score
78
257 reviews

This album is, foremost, about songcraft. Rather than reinventing Bowie, it absorbs his past and moves it on, hungry for more.

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45. Jack White - Blunderbuss

Jack White - Blunderbuss
April 24, 2012
Rock
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
User Score
78
152 reviews

While ‘Blunderbuss’ isn’t that definitive, unarguable document we’ve been seeking, it still feels like his most candid and personal record yet. 

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44. Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge

Jamie T - Carry On The Grudge
September 29, 2014
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
77
70 reviews

‘Carry On The Grudge’ is an inspired modern breakdown album in the vein of such cathartic classics as the Manic Street Preachers' ‘The Holy Bible’. It’s London low-life viewed from the other end of the telescope, and the view is dejected but divine.

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43. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
81
102 reviews

If all you can see is a tangle of influences then you’re standing too close to the picture, and when ‘Skying’’s visions come into focus, it not only reaffirms that ‘Primary Colours’ was far from a fluke, but that they could go so much further.

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42. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
October 15, 2012
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
74
105 reviews

41. Palma Violets - 180

Palma Violets - 180
February 25, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
67
19 reviews
User Score
68
46 reviews

You’re struck by the strength of the songs, and the roguish, self-assured charm with which they’re delivered.

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40. Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle

Laura Marling - Once I Was an Eagle
May 27, 2013
Folk
Critic Score
85
32 reviews
User Score
82
187 reviews

'Once I Was An Eagle' is an intense, internal record with a clear emotional arc. The portrait it paints of the author is not always flattering, but the truth rarely is.

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39. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
86
466 reviews

They’ve made an absolutely magical record – the jagged edges of their past have been smoothed by the sea, making ‘Teen Dream’ a soft shore gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth.

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38. Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim

Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim
March 6, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
75
33 reviews

It is also miles better than ‘Innerspeaker’, and quite possibly the best album released so far this year.

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37. Foals - Total Life Forever

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

36. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
User Score
82
89 reviews

35. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
June 21, 2011
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
User Score
82
82 reviews

34. Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Royal Blood - Royal Blood
August 25, 2014
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
70
14 reviews
User Score
75
153 reviews

33. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
July 17, 2012
R&B
Critic Score
92
32 reviews
User Score
87
895 reviews

32. Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne

Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
August 8, 2011
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
79
243 reviews

31. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
86
406 reviews

Darker and more introspectively brooding than ever, in places it’s the most immediate National effort since their overlooked eponymous debut.

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30. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
June 8, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
82
158 reviews

29. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
26 reviews
User Score
85
671 reviews

Cranking the urgency and confrontation of last year's self-titled debut to neck-breaking levels of intensity, 'RTJ2' is an urgent, paranoid album for a violent, panicked time.

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28. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
February 18, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
User Score
80
194 reviews

What Cave and co have managed here is no mean feat: a masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft.

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27. The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

The Maccabees - Given to the Wild
January 6, 2012
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
User Score
73
45 reviews

26. Savages - Silence Yourself

Savages - Silence Yourself
May 6, 2013
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
298 reviews

As with some modern art, you may find ‘Silence Yourself’ leaves you whispering, “I appreciated it, but I didn’t love it.” 

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25. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
June 4, 2013
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
User Score
83
370 reviews

The crap filter has been whacked up to 11 and the groove-o-tron set to interstellar for the band’s slickest offering to date.

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24. Merchandise - After the End

Merchandise - After the End
August 26, 2014
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
19 reviews
User Score
73
48 reviews

23. Foals - Holy Fire

Foals - Holy Fire
February 11, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
User Score
76
252 reviews

At times it feels as if there is no arena, stadium or field big enough to contain the songs on ‘Holy Fire’ - although you get the feeling plenty of them will be filled with these songs over the next 12 months.

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22. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
86
443 reviews

21. Caribou - Our Love

Caribou - Our Love
October 7, 2014
Electronic
Critic Score
81
30 reviews
User Score
80
360 reviews

This fourth Caribou record encapsulates his whole career. Unwrap its rainbow artwork and you’ll find the plush harmonics of 2007’s ‘Andorra’ (‘Second Chance’), ‘Swim’’s cold, oscillating synths (‘Dive’) and Daphni’s strict beats (‘Mars’).

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20. Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro
September 23, 2014
IDM
Critic Score
87
31 reviews
User Score
80
357 reviews

‘Syro’ is amazing: bug-eyed, banging rave that sounds quintessentially Aphex while not quite sounding like anything he’s done before. It makes zero concessions to the modern day.

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19. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
36 reviews
User Score
85
873 reviews

This is a gorgeous album, but sacrifices had to be made. They’ve undeniably lost something that made them special in the first place.

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18. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

alt-J - An Awesome Wave
May 28, 2012
Experimental
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
79
359 reviews

17. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Indie Pop
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
User Score
85
383 reviews

It’s this combination of unforced sonic gorgeousness and a refusal to settle for the obvious that puts Clark in a field of her own, and makes for a strange and wonderful record that shows no mercy in blowing your mind.

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16. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Folk Rock
Critic Score
86
32 reviews
User Score
84
730 reviews

2011’s ‘Slave Ambient’ may have been a cult success, but this follow-up is a fast-flowing gully to mainstream domination. 

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15. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
23 reviews
User Score
81
593 reviews

Sweet, soulful little man that he is, Mac knows better than to let his bellyaching get in the way of everyone else's good time — instead, he’s simply dialled down the quirk and written his best record yet.

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14. These New Puritans - Hidden

These New Puritans - Hidden
March 2, 2010
Art Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
82
54 reviews

13. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See

Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
June 7, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
72
226 reviews

12. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
May 21, 2013
Nu-Disco
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
User Score
80
726 reviews

By assembling a cast of their favourite musicians and delving into their adolescent memories, Daft Punk have created something as emotionally honest as any singer-songwriter confessional – and a lot more fun to dance to. 

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11. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
March 8, 2011
Rock
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
82
133 reviews

10. Metronomy - The English Riviera

Metronomy - The English Riviera
April 12, 2011
Electronic
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
80
130 reviews

‘The English Riviera’ is a deep sea of ideas and imagination: a far-flung, limitless dreamworld full of romance, nostalgia, lovers’ tiffs and good old-fashioned shagging.

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9. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
User Score
85
748 reviews
They’ve judged their moment perfectly, and this deserves to be their ‘Automatic For The People’; an album that combines mass accessibility with much greater ambition.
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8. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
October 22, 2012
Hip Hop
Critic Score
89
24 reviews
User Score
90
1053 reviews

It might lack the raw appeal of Kendrick’s 2011 mixtape ‘Section.80’, but it’s also a big-budget reminder that the 25-year-old hasn’t forgotten his roots. 

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7. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

St. Vincent - St. Vincent
February 25, 2014
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
82
792 reviews

Clark’s readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever, and out to connect.

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6. Kanye West - Yeezus

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
38 reviews
User Score
81
1067 reviews

‘Yeezus’ is so tight, so bold, that with a few tweaks Kanye could’ve made his rock for the ages. As it is, he’ll have to settle for one of the best records of the year.

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5. Grimes - Visions

Grimes - Visions
February 21, 2012
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
31 reviews
User Score
81
546 reviews

It’s like skipping through a thousand excellent tracks on your iPod shuffle and isolating 13 perfect moments.

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4. Tame Impala - Lonerism

Tame Impala - Lonerism
October 9, 2012
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
87
28 reviews
User Score
87
847 reviews

Sounds phase in and out, drums thunder, guitars chime with warm, valve amp bite, voices are multi-tracked into luscious harmonies, snatched sentences of speech burble in the background, loops repeat and vocals echo distantly, like they’re drifting in from a radio in another room.

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3. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
February 15, 2011
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
86
296 reviews

‘Let England Shake’ is a record that ventures deep into the heart of darkness of war itself and its resonance throughout England’s past, present and future.

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2. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
36 reviews
User Score
90
1045 reviews

It’s the best thing he’s done since his game-changing debut, and heartening evidence to suggest the self-professed Louis Vuitton don is in a good place right now.

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1. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
33 reviews
User Score
78
621 reviews

Arctic Monkeys’ fifth record is absolutely and unarguably the most incredible album of their career. It might also be the greatest record of the last decade.

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