No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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48. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
69
21 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.

46. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

45. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

42. Girl Talk - All Day

November 15, 2010
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

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

41. Abe Vigoda - Crush

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
71
15 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.

40. Warpaint - The Fool

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
77
27 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.

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

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

37. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

33. Autechre - Oversteps

March 23, 2010
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

29. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

November 9, 2010
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

28. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

24. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
73
26 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.

23. Twin Shadow - Forget

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

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

September 21, 2010
Critic Score
83
19 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.

17. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

16. Wavves - King of the Beach

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

14. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 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.

12. No Age - Everything in Between

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

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

5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

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

4. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

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

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
36 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.

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
34 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.

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 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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