No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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50. The Morning Benders - Big Echo

The Morning Benders - Big Echo
March 9, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
User Score
81
20 reviews

49. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
November 2, 2009
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
83
93 reviews

48. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
69
20 reviews
User Score
77
9 reviews

Bands like Black Mountain seem very rare, ably and willingly carrying on those wayward sons still in love with arena swagger and hit-making persuasion. Queens of the Stone Age aided in filling that void for a while, celebrating avant-garde manipulations of the 70s rock paradigm, but with Black Mountain the Sabbath-inspired edge gleams so brightly it’s blinding, at least this time around.

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47. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
June 15, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
19 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

46. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

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

45. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
83
25 reviews
User Score
84
165 reviews

44. The Books - The Way Out

The Books - The Way Out
July 20, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
77
18 reviews
User Score
83
14 reviews

43. Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern
October 5, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
81
7 reviews

42. Girl Talk - All Day

Girl Talk - All Day
November 15, 2010
Mashup
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
User Score
82
16 reviews

The album is incredibly smoothly constructed, and as I said before, the songs almost never disagree or sound messy.

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41. Abe Vigoda - Crush

Abe Vigoda - Crush
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
14 reviews
User Score
73
7 reviews

Even if an abundance of programming tools are on hand, all the delectable qualities that defined the band since their beginnings are still intact.

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40. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
26 reviews
User Score
80
37 reviews

The Fool flows like a dramatic mood piece – it sustains a homogeneous sound from beginning to end, casually changing course when it begins to drain itself out.

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39. Menomena - Mines

Menomena - Mines
July 27, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
82
12 reviews

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

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
February 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
81
39 reviews

37. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
September 14, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
84
25 reviews

36. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
82
119 reviews

35. Owen Pallett - Heartland

Owen Pallett - Heartland
January 12, 2010
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
80
34 reviews

34. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
83
10 reviews

33. Autechre - Oversteps

Autechre - Oversteps
March 23, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
73
9 reviews

32. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
January 26, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
77
18 reviews

31. 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
96 reviews

30. Field Music - Field Music (Measure)

Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
February 16, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
75
3 reviews

29. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
November 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
69
18 reviews

28. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

27. The Roots - How I Got Over

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

26. Suckers - Wild Smile

Suckers - Wild Smile
June 8, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
81
1 review

25. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
May 4, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
80
43 reviews

24. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
October 12, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
76
39 reviews

Write About Love may not be a great leap forward for Belle and Sebastian, but it’s such an enjoyable record it’s difficult to hold it against them.

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23. Twin Shadow - Forget

Twin Shadow - Forget
September 28, 2010
New Wave
Critic Score
81
15 reviews
User Score
80
44 reviews

22. Best Coast - Crazy for You

Best Coast - Crazy for You
July 27, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
77
76 reviews

21. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
77
45 reviews

20. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
80
101 reviews

19. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
User Score
81
170 reviews

18. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
September 21, 2010
Post-Rock
Critic Score
85
17 reviews
User Score
82
48 reviews

Part mind numbing, part infuriating, part stimulating and always worth discussion, Swans remain a significant force in underground and independent music and this new album sees the No Wave merge with the compositionally avant-garde.

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17. 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
98 reviews

16. Wavves - King of the Beach

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

15. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

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

14. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

Even if there’s that wistful, pastoral-like imagery to their sound, much of the tracks stray to their own beats, in desperate search of distinction. Instead of modest waltzes and looped drum machines, there’s an evident maturity in the way the production unveils itself as richer and far more multifaceted.

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13. 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
78 reviews

12. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
82
38 reviews

They’ve evolved in a completely logical direction in ways that are pleasantly surprising but never jarring.

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11. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

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

10. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
April 13, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
83
97 reviews

9. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
June 8, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
83
106 reviews

8. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

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

7. Liars - Sisterworld

Liars - Sisterworld
March 9, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
81
27 reviews

6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

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

5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

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

Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it’s finished there’s nothing better to do than play it again.

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4. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
29 reviews
User Score
87
299 reviews

The National’s latest is easily up there with the very best indie-rock records of the year.

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3. 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
653 reviews

Kanye West’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a sprawling, ambitious, orchestral fuck-you of an album, and he wants you to know it.

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2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

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

They’ve spent most of the decade shouting to be heard, but now they are content to let the music and the message flower and take root.  You might think they are just tired, but their nervous energy survives intact.

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1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

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

Wearing his love for Bowie on his sleeve for all to see serves him well - this album is the most lyrically focused LCD outing and the most uncompromising, with most songs breaking the six minute mark and a few breaking nine. It’s not just a great dance album; it’s a great pop album.

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Original Source: http://www.noripcord.com/features/top-50-albums-2010-part-one

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