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No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
88
148 reviews

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
87
23 reviews
User Score
86
247 reviews

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
93
25 reviews
User Score
89
267 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.

4. The National - High Violet

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

5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
User Score
87
134 reviews

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

6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid
May 18, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
86
19 reviews
User Score
84
54 reviews

7. Liars - Sisterworld

Liars - Sisterworld
March 9, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
83
19 reviews

8. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
March 9, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
84
40 reviews

9. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
June 8, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
User Score
84
55 reviews

10. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
April 13, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
84
45 reviews

11. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
April 27, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews

12. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
83
25 reviews

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

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
86
18 reviews
User Score
84
37 reviews

14. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
Critic Score
85
14 reviews
User Score
87
170 reviews

15. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
May 4, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
88
22 reviews
User Score
86
84 reviews

16. Wavves - King of the Beach

Wavves - King of the Beach
August 3, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
79
11 reviews
User Score
80
42 reviews

17. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
February 23, 2010
Indie Folk
Critic Score
86
18 reviews
User Score
85
42 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
14 reviews
User Score
83
28 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.

19. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
80
68 reviews

20. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
User Score
80
55 reviews

21. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
77
28 reviews

22. Best Coast - Crazy for You

Best Coast - Crazy for You
July 27, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
76
39 reviews

23. Twin Shadow - Forget

Twin Shadow - Forget
September 28, 2010
New Wave
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
78
21 reviews

24. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love
October 12, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
16 reviews
User Score
75
18 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.

25. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
May 4, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
79
23 reviews

26. Suckers - Wild Smile

Suckers - Wild Smile
June 8, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
81
1 review

27. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
82
14 reviews
User Score
84
20 reviews

28. Vampire Weekend - Contra

Vampire Weekend - Contra
January 12, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
83
122 reviews

29. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
November 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
79
13 reviews
User Score
71
11 reviews

30. Field Music - Field Music (Measure)

Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
February 16, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

31. Four Tet - There Is Love in You

Four Tet - There Is Love in You
January 26, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
84
15 reviews
User Score
83
52 reviews

32. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
January 26, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
77
10 reviews

33. Autechre - Oversteps

Autechre - Oversteps
March 23, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
77
7 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
12 reviews
User Score
85
5 reviews

35. Owen Pallett - Heartland

Owen Pallett - Heartland
January 12, 2010
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
80
18 reviews

36. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
Critic Score
84
21 reviews
User Score
81
64 reviews

37. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

Grinderman - Grinderman 2
September 14, 2010
Garage Rock
Critic Score
80
15 reviews
User Score
86
20 reviews

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

Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
February 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
82
24 reviews

39. Menomena - Mines

Menomena - Mines
July 27, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
84
6 reviews

40. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
80
19 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.

41. Abe Vigoda - Crush

Abe Vigoda - Crush
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
73
4 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.

42. Girl Talk - All Day

Girl Talk - All Day
November 15, 2010
Mashup
Critic Score
72
9 reviews
User Score
81
9 reviews

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

43. Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern

Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern
October 5, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
81
5 reviews

44. The Books - The Way Out

The Books - The Way Out
July 20, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
81
8 reviews

45. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
83
84 reviews

46. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
79
29 reviews

47. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
June 15, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
74
15 reviews

48. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
12 reviews
User Score
85
3 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.

49. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
February 16, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
84
63 reviews

50. Pop Etc - Big Echo

Pop Etc - Big Echo
March 9, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
82
14 reviews
Original Source: http://www.noripcord.com/features/top-50-albums-2010-part-one

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