One Thirty BPM's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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50. The Books - The Way Out

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

49. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
November 9, 2010
Soul
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
User Score
70
24 reviews

48. 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
82
11 reviews

47. Warpaint - The Fool

Warpaint - The Fool
October 26, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
User Score
78
51 reviews

46. Sharon Van Etten - Epic

Sharon Van Etten - Epic
September 21, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
81
29 reviews

45. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
November 22, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
68
18 reviews
User Score
68
41 reviews

44. Owen Pallett - Heartland

Owen Pallett - Heartland
January 12, 2010
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
81
47 reviews

43. Foals - Total Life Forever

Foals - Total Life Forever
May 11, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
25 reviews
User Score
80
140 reviews

42. Scuba - Triangulation

Scuba - Triangulation
March 22, 2010
Dubstep
Critic Score
83
9 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

41. Spoon - Transference

Spoon - Transference
January 19, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
User Score
77
64 reviews

40. Menomena - Mines

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

39. MGMT - Congratulations

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

38. 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
11 reviews

37. Paul Cary - Ghost of a Man

Paul Cary - Ghost of a Man
February 1, 2010
Blues
Critic Score
85
1 review
User Score
NR

36. The Walkmen - Lisbon

The Walkmen - Lisbon
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
81
57 reviews

35. Curren$y - Pilot Talk

Curren$y - Pilot Talk
July 13, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
81
15 reviews

34. Wild Nothing - Gemini

Wild Nothing - Gemini
May 25, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
81
83 reviews

33. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Rock
Critic Score
78
23 reviews
User Score
80
243 reviews

32. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
May 25, 2010
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
83
377 reviews

Nothing ever clashes; the varied elements of these songs don’t compete but rather harmonize, working together to emanate an effortless, dreamlike vibe, a “chill” record if ever there was one.

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31. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
May 4, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
27 reviews
User Score
80
54 reviews

30. The Morning Benders - Big Echo

The Morning Benders - Big Echo
March 9, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
72
18 reviews
User Score
78
23 reviews

29. Wolf Parade - Expo 86

Wolf Parade - Expo 86
June 29, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
22 reviews
User Score
76
20 reviews

28. Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise

Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise
February 9, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
81
17 reviews
User Score
82
36 reviews

27. Jónsi - Go

Jónsi - Go
April 6, 2010
Post-Rock
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
User Score
79
46 reviews

26. Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin

Les Savy Fav - Root for Ruin
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

25. The Thermals - Personal Life

The Thermals - Personal Life
September 7, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
User Score
72
6 reviews

24. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

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

23. No Age - Everything in Between

No Age - Everything in Between
September 28, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
81
47 reviews

22. Beach House - Teen Dream

Beach House - Teen Dream
January 26, 2010
Dream Pop
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
86
466 reviews

They’re refining their craft, producing some of their most bewitching material yet, but the rest of it feels like they’re merely spinning their wheels while they wait for more interesting ideas to come along.

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21. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

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

20. 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
138 reviews

19. Caribou - Swim

Caribou - Swim
April 20, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
User Score
83
211 reviews

18. The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots - How I Got Over
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
20 reviews
User Score
82
54 reviews

17. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
October 12, 2010
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
84
283 reviews

16. Eminem - Recovery

Eminem - Recovery
June 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
62
20 reviews
User Score
59
157 reviews

15. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
May 25, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
81
220 reviews

14. Four Tet - There Is Love in You

Four Tet - There Is Love in You
January 26, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
83
24 reviews
User Score
83
127 reviews

13. Robyn - Body Talk

Robyn - Body Talk
November 22, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
83
108 reviews

12. Sleigh Bells - Treats

Sleigh Bells - Treats
May 11, 2010
Noise Pop
Critic Score
83
30 reviews
User Score
82
167 reviews

11. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
86
443 reviews

While This is Happening isn’t as wall-to-wall brilliant as Sound of Silver, if it is indeed his last record with this project, he’s leaving his legacy in just as good of shape as Jay-Z left his with The Black Album before his (unfortunately temporary) retirement.

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10. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
86
406 reviews

Should I be so surprised that High Violet ... represents their most, self-serious, dour and morose release yet? 

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9. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

Yeasayer - Odd Blood
February 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
78
72 reviews

8. The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt

The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt
April 13, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
82
118 reviews

7. 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
24 reviews
User Score
81
115 reviews

6. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

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

5. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
May 4, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
86
28 reviews
User Score
85
296 reviews

4. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

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

3. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 9, 2010
Electropop
Critic Score
81
29 reviews
User Score
81
288 reviews

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
User Score
85
748 reviews

There’s no shortage of the group’s usual flag-waving stadium rock ... but this time around, they are balanced out by hushed, pensive ballads.

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1. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
91
36 reviews
User Score
90
1045 reviews

A frequently astonishing, no-holds-barred tour de force that not only eclipses his previous four albums in scope and creativity (no small feat), but also makes everything else on the radio sound positively amateurish by comparison.

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