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American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2010

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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50. Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
July 13, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
76
16 reviews

49. Patty Griffin - Downtown Church

Patty Griffin - Downtown Church
January 26, 2010
Americana
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
NR

48. Lissie - Catching a Tiger

Lissie - Catching a Tiger
August 17, 2010
Indie Folk
Critic Score
66
10 reviews
User Score
70
6 reviews

47. Javelin - No Mas

Javelin - No Mas
April 6, 2010
Electro
Critic Score
67
12 reviews
User Score
NR

46. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame

Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
April 6, 2010
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

45. The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
September 14, 2010
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
68
12 reviews
User Score
79
15 reviews

44. Ty Segall - Melted

Ty Segall - Melted
May 25, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
80
37 reviews

43. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
February 23, 2010
Indie Folk
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
User Score
85
115 reviews

42. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
November 2, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
82
104 reviews

41. Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River

Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River
May 11, 2010
Country
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
NR

40. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

With their third full-length effort, Beach House forces the listener to re-examine pop music status quo while taking another giant stride as a band.

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39. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
83
26 reviews
User Score
83
187 reviews

38. Chromeo - Business Casual

Chromeo - Business Casual
September 14, 2010
Synthpop
Critic Score
68
14 reviews
User Score
72
15 reviews

37. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime

Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
May 11, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
71
5 reviews
User Score
72
11 reviews

36. Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
August 31, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
68
13 reviews
User Score
77
5 reviews

35. The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
May 11, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
77
46 reviews

34. Various Artists - Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall

Various Artists - Preservation: An Album to Benefit Preservation Hall
February 16, 2010
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
81
1 review

33. Mount Eerie - Song Islands Vol. 2

Mount Eerie - Song Islands Vol. 2
October 4, 2010
Indie Folk
Critic Score
60
3 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

32. Johnny Flynn - Been Listening

Johnny Flynn - Been Listening
June 7, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

31. William Tyler - Behold The Spirit

William Tyler - Behold The Spirit
November 22, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
82
4 reviews

30. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
User Score
79
49 reviews

29. Lightspeed Champion - Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You

Lightspeed Champion - Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You
February 16, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
71
15 reviews
User Score
78
5 reviews

28. Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett

Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett
May 25, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
77
10 reviews

27. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues

Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
September 14, 2010
Americana
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
87
4 reviews

26. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

25. Midlake - The Courage of Others

Midlake - The Courage of Others
February 2, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
70
23 reviews
User Score
80
11 reviews

24. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can
April 6, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
82
35 reviews

23. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

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

22. Junip - Fields

Junip - Fields
September 14, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
69
11 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

21. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
October 12, 2010
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
85
218 reviews

20. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - The Wonder Show of the World
March 23, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
78
6 reviews

19. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown
October 19, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
59
21 reviews
User Score
64
66 reviews

18. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1

Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1
October 12, 2010
Alt-Country
Critic Score
71
8 reviews
User Score
75
2 reviews

17. Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give

Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give
September 21, 2010
Country
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

16. John Mellencamp - No Better Than This

John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
August 17, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
84
8 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

15. Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic

Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
June 15, 2010
Bluegrass
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
91
1 review

14. Elvis Costello - National Ransom

Elvis Costello - National Ransom
November 2, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
66
2 reviews

13. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

Elizabeth Cook - Welder
May 11, 2010
Country
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
NR

12. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now
October 26, 2010
Country
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
75
79 reviews

11. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
69
25 reviews
User Score
78
145 reviews

MGMT plots a strange course for their listeners with Congratulations, but the material here often exceeds that of the band’s initial full-length.

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10. Laura Veirs - July Flame

Laura Veirs - July Flame
January 12, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
74
7 reviews

9. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
88
30 reviews
User Score
85
575 reviews

The Suburbs offers plenty of the dense and stately keyboard-heavy pop that fans of the band have come to expect, with some much-appreciated frothier moments, but a melancholy theme of reluctant adulthood, or resistance to change, runs through even the more lightweight numbers.

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8. Neil Young - Le Noise

Neil Young - Le Noise
September 28, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
72
15 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

7. Phosphorescent - Here's to Taking It Easy

Phosphorescent - Here's to Taking It Easy
May 11, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
81
10 reviews

6. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

Robert Plant - Band of Joy
September 14, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
81
12 reviews
User Score
76
5 reviews

5. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

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

The fact that these guys can expand their sound and still feel entirely comfortable in their own specific framework, much less top themselves a second time around, is proof enough that Yeasayer are one of the best at what they do.

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4. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Country
Critic Score
90
6 reviews
User Score
83
9 reviews

3. Dylan Leblanc - Pauper's Field

Dylan Leblanc - Pauper's Field
August 23, 2010
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
62
5 reviews
User Score
84
1 review

2. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
February 16, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
66
16 reviews
User Score
66
94 reviews

1. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
81
207 reviews
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2010/12/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2010/

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