The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2010

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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50. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

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

49. High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine

High on Fire - Snakes for the Divine
February 23, 2010
Stoner Metal
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
68
11 reviews

48. Ceremony - Rohnert Park

Ceremony - Rohnert Park
June 8, 2010
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

47. 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
139 reviews

46. Matthew Dear - Black City

Matthew Dear - Black City
August 17, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
73
15 reviews
User Score
84
13 reviews

45. Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle

Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle
September 14, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
66
18 reviews
User Score
67
11 reviews

44. Ratatat - LP4

Ratatat - LP4
June 8, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
70
18 reviews
User Score
75
20 reviews

43. Girl Talk - All Day

Girl Talk - All Day
November 15, 2010
Mashup
Critic Score
72
14 reviews
User Score
78
19 reviews

42. Baths - Cerulean

Baths - Cerulean
June 22, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
78
16 reviews
User Score
80
55 reviews

41. 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
1041 reviews

Kanye's fifth studio album is easily his most ambitious effort yet. The production is extremely stunning. To be honest, this album sounds like a really huge undertaking with all of it's extra instrumentation, studio tricks, and samples.

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40. Owen Pallett - Heartland

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

39. Daughters - Daughters

Daughters - Daughters
March 9, 2010
Noise Rock
Critic Score
79
7 reviews
User Score
85
4 reviews

38. Small Black - New Chain

Small Black - New Chain
October 25, 2010
Chillwave
Critic Score
69
12 reviews
User Score
75
3 reviews

37. Caribou - Swim

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

36. Pantha Du Prince - Black Noise

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

35. Diamond Rings - Special Affections

Diamond Rings - Special Affections
October 25, 2010
Electronic
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

34. The Drums - The Drums

The Drums - The Drums
June 8, 2010
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
22 reviews
User Score
75
44 reviews

33. Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom

Bongripper - Satan Worshipping Doom
August 13, 2010
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
86
5 reviews

32. 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
53 reviews

31. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

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

30. Twin Shadow - Forget

Twin Shadow - Forget
September 28, 2010
New Wave
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
79
58 reviews

29. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

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

28. Woods - At Echo Lake

Woods - At Echo Lake
May 4, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
78
20 reviews

27. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
June 8, 2010
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
82
158 reviews

26. Das Racist - Sit Down, Man

Das Racist - Sit Down, Man
September 14, 2010
Hip Hop
Critic Score
84
11 reviews
User Score
81
30 reviews

25. Luke Abbott - Holkham Drones

Luke Abbott - Holkham Drones
August 23, 2010
IDM
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
83
3 reviews

24. Kids & Explosions - Shit Computer

Kids & Explosions - Shit Computer
October 19, 2010
Critic Score
85
2 reviews
User Score
60
1 review

23. Magic Kids - Memphis

Magic Kids - Memphis
August 24, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
User Score
68
1 review

22. 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

21. OFF! - First Four EPs

OFF! - First Four EPs
November 23, 2010
Hardcore Punk
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
82
10 reviews

20. Nails - Unsilent Death

Nails - Unsilent Death
September 27, 2010
Grindcore
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
79
22 reviews

19. The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme

The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
April 20, 2010
Indie Pop
Critic Score
78
12 reviews
User Score
84
82 reviews

18. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

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

17. Adam Green - Minor Love

Adam Green - Minor Love
February 16, 2010
Folk
Critic Score
66
14 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

16. MGMT - Congratulations

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

15. Chromeo - Business Casual

Chromeo - Business Casual
September 14, 2010
Synthpop
Critic Score
69
15 reviews
User Score
75
18 reviews

14. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

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

13. Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea

Brian Eno - Small Craft on a Milk Sea
November 2, 2010
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
73
25 reviews
User Score
76
12 reviews

12. Brandon Flowers - Flamingo

Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
September 14, 2010
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
56
20 reviews
User Score
68
20 reviews

11. Vampire Weekend - Contra

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

10. Little Women - Throat

Little Women - Throat
April 13, 2010
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
72
4 reviews

9. Glasser - Ring

Glasser - Ring
September 28, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
81
19 reviews

8. Gonjasufi - A Sufi and a Killer

Gonjasufi - A Sufi and a Killer
March 9, 2010
Experimental
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
80
28 reviews

7. Women - Public Strain

Women - Public Strain
September 28, 2010
Lo-Fi
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
User Score
84
45 reviews

6. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

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

5. Beach House - Teen Dream

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

4. Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit

Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
November 23, 2010
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
80
12 reviews

3. 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

2. The Books - The Way Out

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

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Dance Punk
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
User Score
86
441 reviews
LCD Soundsystem's third and final album is an ambitious trip into the sounds of dance and rock fusion.
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