A.V. Club's 25 Best Albums of 2010

A.V. Club's 25 Best Albums of 2010

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25. Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
77
47 reviews

24. Four Tet - There Is Love in You

Four Tet - There Is Love in You
January 26, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
83
23 reviews
User Score
83
105 reviews

23. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
84
86 reviews

22. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
May 4, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
86
27 reviews
User Score
85
223 reviews

21. Baths - Cerulean

Baths - Cerulean
June 22, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
78
15 reviews
User Score
81
44 reviews

20. Dessa - A Badly Broken Code

Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
February 9, 2010
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
81
3 reviews

19. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
77
28 reviews
User Score
78
59 reviews

18. Call Me Lightning - When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free

Call Me Lightning - When I Am Gone My Blood Will Be Free
July 20, 2010
Post-Punk
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
NR

17. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
April 27, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
12 reviews
User Score
79
16 reviews

16. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
30 reviews
User Score
86
549 reviews

Butler and company imbue The Suburbs with such a strong sense of place and mood that it builds in impact throughout.

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15. Wavves - King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
August 3, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
80
90 reviews

14. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

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

On Halcyon Digest, Cox’s two halves finally meet in the middle on a collection of grabby pop songs sung by a witty weirdo with newly discovered sex appeal.

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13. Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be

Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
March 30, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
77
25 reviews

12. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
81
197 reviews

11. Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks
March 2, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
User Score
78
16 reviews

10. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
82
80 reviews

9. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
User Score
81
284 reviews

The 10 songs here don’t collectively match the near-perfection displayed on the band’s debut, but Contra is varied and vivacious enough to make each spin as revelatory as the first time you realized what the band was getting away with and how well it pulled off the feat.

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8. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
84
11 reviews

7. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
July 6, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
83
85 reviews

6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
85
142 reviews

5. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
83
44 reviews

4. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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

Perhaps the rumor that this is his last LCD album is behind that newfound urgency. If true, it’s a shame, as the band’s Krautrock/Talking Heads-funk fusion has never sounded livelier.

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3. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
86
325 reviews

High Violet is carefully considered without being labored, richly detailed without being fussy.

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2. The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen - Lisbon
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
21 reviews
User Score
82
47 reviews

1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
92
33 reviews
User Score
90
724 reviews

Kanye’s best album since The College Dropout, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finds its creator in complete control of the chaos swirling inside his vivid imagination.

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Original Source: http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-best-music-of-2010,48635/

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