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
17 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
81
13 reviews

44. Ty Segall - Melted

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

43. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
February 23, 2010
Indie Folk
Critic Score
84
23 reviews
User Score
85
101 reviews

42. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
November 2, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
83
97 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
355 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
84
174 reviews

38. Chromeo - Business Casual

Chromeo - Business Casual
September 14, 2010
Synthpop
Critic Score
68
14 reviews
User Score
75
13 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
8 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
76
4 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
44 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
81
4 reviews

30. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
User Score
79
42 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
81
3 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
Folk
Critic Score
80
6 reviews
User Score
86
4 reviews

26. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

25. Midlake - The Courage of Others

Midlake - The Courage of Others
February 2, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
20 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
32 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
197 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
57 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
70
1 review

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
85
2 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
74
12 reviews
User Score
75
66 reviews

11. MGMT - Congratulations

MGMT - Congratulations
April 13, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
69
26 reviews
User Score
78
135 reviews

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
86
522 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
79
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
77
4 reviews

5. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

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

4. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Country
Critic Score
90
6 reviews
User Score
84
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
67
15 reviews
User Score
67
90 reviews

1. The Black Keys - Brothers

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

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