musicOMH's Top 50 Albums Of 2010

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50. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

49. Bryan Ferry - Olympia

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
71
14 reviews

47. Hot Chip - One Life Stand

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
76
27 reviews

One Life Stand feels English in the best possible sense: it’s cosmopolitan, unassuming and ever-so-slightly eccentric.

45. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead
March 30, 2010
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

44. Wild Nothing - Gemini

May 25, 2010
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Music tends to follow the general rule of thumb that if you can get three examples of something then it can be called a trend. Only in music it's called a genre, and it usually ends up slowly ruining the thing it's supposed to be defining. You get the feeling that as 'chillwave' slowly becomes shorthand for everything vaguely summery or a little bit hazy, that in amongst the shimmering keyboards and padded drums you can make out the death knell.

42. Nedry - Condors

Nedry - Condors
April 20, 2010
Critic Score
74
8 reviews

40. Allo Darlin' - Allo Darlin'

Allo Darlin' - Allo Darlin'
June 7, 2010
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

39. The Walkmen - Lisbon

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

38. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
83
30 reviews

Weighing in at just 32 minutes, Treats can hardly be accused of outstaying its welcome. In fact, its brevity is its strength – too much aural pummelling could be too much. As it is, as soon as the album finishes, you’ll want to put it on again straight away.

35. The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror

The Irrepressibles - Mirror Mirror
January 11, 2010
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

34. Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern

October 5, 2010
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

It all adds up to Stern's most fully realised, most rounded album yet, and a huge step in her evolution as an artist.

32. Phosphorescent - Here's to Taking It Easy

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
76
18 reviews

This fourth album from Matthew Houck's Phosphorescent project originally came out in May but is being reissued so soon simply to tie in with Houck's early September UK tour. As its title might imply, it's not exactly the most radical or original of 2010 releases. However, its handling of various Americana and alt-country tropes is so assured and lush that it certainly deserves a second push.

28. Bellowhead - Hedonism

Bellowhead - Hedonism
October 4, 2010
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

26. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

23. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

For what it sets out to do, it's damn near perfect, and what higher praise is there than that?

21. Menomena - Mines

July 27, 2010
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Portland, Oregon trio Menomena take a lot of disjointed loops and tear them apart, spin them round and reconstruct them. It's a bit of musical puff-puff-pass, with each band member contributing something and feeding the data into a band-built looping computer program. Sounds alarmingly avant garde, right? And perhaps it is, in theory, but Menomena come across as surprisingly accessible and pop-oriented, even in the midst of all their computerised hyperactivity.

18. Edwyn Collins - Losing Sleep

September 13, 2010
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

17. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

Have One On Me is winding, long-winded, densely poetic, and often challenging; but never tedious or self-indulgent.

16. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

There are some mis-steps – California English employs Auto-Tune about two years too late – but overall this is a fine follow-up to their successful debut.

15. Warpaint - The Fool

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
77
27 reviews

While not perfect, The Fool is a very promising début that grows in stature on every listen. If you're willing to put the time in, this could easily live up to the hype.

14. Jónsi - Go

April 6, 2010
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

13. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

Yeasayer’s wit and inventiveness always manages to avoid any kind of descent into cliché.

12. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
36 reviews

After a goofy intro on Dark Fantasy, ‘Ye takes it all back to his fantasies in Chicago, when he was producing beats and managing artists with a dream of making it big.

7. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

Halcyon Digest is a triumph of multilayered nuance, and repeated listens reveal its genius buried just beyond the obvious.

5. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

It’s an incredibly rewarding listen, even if the self-observing anxiety that’s writ large throughout means it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights to which its creators have bravely aspired.

4. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

3. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

One can but marvel at the impressive range, ambition (realised) and detail of this deeply polished, professional yet utterly, brilliantly bonkers album. An album destined, surely, to take its place among the classics of its age.

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

Arcade Fire have never been a band shy of tackling big themes. Their momentous debut album Funeral addressed death, somehow making it seem invigorating and inspiring, as well as tragic, epic and heartrending, while 2007's Neon Bible melded religion and natural disasters (the tsunami, the New Orleans floods) in a portentous, unsettling blend of pomp and darkness.

1. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

If all of the band’s records had a loose thematic core running through to them, High Violet is the band’s most grown up record – mirroring the now late-30something group’s outlook on life.

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