Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

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200. Ratking - So It Goes

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

199. WU LYF - Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
72
20 reviews

This is life-affirming music, repulsed by hype and cynicism.

198. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine

Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

Part biting satire, part cognitive behavioral therapy, their new collaborative album, Everything’s Fine, is a gorgeous consideration of how simply existing can beat the “fine” out of us.

197. Fatima Al Qadiri - Genre-Specific Xperience

Fatima Al Qadiri - Genre-Specific Xperience
November 18, 2011
Critic Score
72
3 reviews

196. Portal - Vexovoid

Portal - Vexovoid
February 19, 2013
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

Initially forceful and ultimately complex, Vexovoid redirects the image of death metal through a dervish funhouse, where the expected shapes have been mutated and multiplied into orders so strange they seem surreal.

195. Downtown Boys - Full Communism

Downtown Boys - Full Communism
May 4, 2015
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
Downtown Boys insist that nothing's going to change unless people actually get up and do something, and they've offered a soundtrack that makes positive action feel both attainable and liberating.

194. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor

March 9, 2010
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

It all turns out so ridiculously fun-- with Ken Burns-style readings of speeches from Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, daguerreotype cover art, and song titles all participating in the reenactment-- that it never even begins to approach the pretentiousness these elements might suggest.

193. Lil Peep - HellBoy

Lil Peep - HellBoy
September 25, 2016
Critic Score
85
1 review

192. Kelela - Cut 4 Me

October 1, 2013
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

191. Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow

Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
November 21, 2011
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

Her best music, this album included, has the effect of putting one in the kind of treasured, child-like space-- not so much innocent as open to imagination-- that never gets old.

190. Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

Part of the album's magic is the way that Huerco S., after the fashion of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops, has captured a feeling of fragility, of things flaking to dust before our very eyes and ears.

189. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
November 18, 2016
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

188. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

Daytona is Pusha’s best work as a solo artist, a tightly wound record that doesn’t recapture the highs of peak Clipse, but finally makes ideal use of the now middle-aged rapper’s considerable skills.

187. Iceage - Beyondless

Iceage - Beyondless
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Beyondless sparkles like a champagne bottle smashed in slow motion.

186. Various Artists - Mono No Aware

Various Artists - Mono No Aware
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

Mono No Aware collects new ambient music that reflects our present moment. Each piece of the 80-minute compilation has its own unique identity, yet together it feels like the work of one mind.

185. Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu

Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu
February 16, 2018
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

184. Soccer Mommy - Clean

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

Still trading in piercing vulnerability, Clean is Allison’s excellent studio debut: a compact album of clear melodies, plainspoken lyrics, and the impossibly tangled logic of infatuation.

182. G.L.O.S.S. - Trans Day of Revenge

G.L.O.S.S. - Trans Day of Revenge
June 13, 2016
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

Trans Day of Revenge takes the anger and confusion one feels in the depths of the margins, and translates them, literalizes them, from a burning abstraction into something almost tangible.

181. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
17 reviews

The Chicago artist marries political commentary with deep introspection, resulting in a richly composed R&B album about the echoes of the past and the promise of the future.

180. CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

The Scottish trio's debut LP, The Bones of What You Believe, is a seamless fusion of emotive theatrics, hook-loaded songwriting, and some of the more forward-thinking sonics in electronic music right now.

179. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
24 reviews

Black Up lets some sunlight in, breathes fresh air, and finds Butler returning to an occasionally lighter flow, the most unburdened he's sounded since the world first heard him.

178. Savages - Silence Yourself

May 6, 2013
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

It's one of rock’s most commanding and ferociously poised debuts in recent years, the work of a band whose outsized confidence and sharp clarity of vision doesn’t correlate with the short amount of time it’s been together.

177. Margo Price - All American Made

Margo Price - All American Made
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Her streak of country domination continues on the loose, wandering All American Made.

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

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

175. Jessie Ware - Devotion

Jessie Ware - Devotion
August 20, 2012
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Devotion ... marries her natural gift with throbbing instrumentation that breathes life into every single turn of phrase or sensitive vocal embellishment.

174. Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

May 27, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Are We There may be her most present-tense album to date, her most immediate and urgent—the peak of a steady upward trajectory.

171. JPEGMAFIA - Veteran

JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
January 19, 2018
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
It makes for a breathless album, one that takes white-hot riffs and the most distasteful parts of our national politics, chops them up, and somehow scatters them perfectly into place.

170. Skee Mask - Compro

Skee Mask - Compro
May 15, 2018
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

This record’s emotional valence—between collapse and grace, unity and emptiness—will resonate with anyone who's ever caught an unexpected sunrise in a concrete room. Yet his depth and clarity of vision resists formula. Making music “to get lost in” is overrated—Compro takes you somewhere new.

169. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Just as this album highlights Williams’ most existentially despondent musings to date, it is also the most fizzy record Paramore have ever recorded.

168. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

So while there are few identifiable words here and the titles don't really register, there's a hell of a lot being expressed.

167. (Sandy) Alex G - DSU

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

DSU is worthy of its moment, a 13-song set of warped, idiosyncratic sketches each capable of wending its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone who ever warmed to the idea of "indie rock".

166. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
68
21 reviews

It’s not a return to Mixtape Nicki, or a third round of Nicki The Brand’s world-conquering dance-pop. It’s an album by Onika Maraj. And it’s a serious album, in the sense that it asks to be taken seriously.

165. Jay Som - Everybody Works

March 10, 2017
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
Just a few years into her adult life, and only one album into her recording career, Melina Duterte has swept past a milestone many musicians never even get in their sights.

164. Hop Along - Painted Shut

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
84
13 reviews
For as bullish and dramatic as the music seems, the songs here often escalate for several minutes before making a point you think they’ve already made, like a series of false floors that open to bigger and bigger rooms.

163. Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2

Meek Mill - Dreamchasers 2
May 7, 2012
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

161. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

February 26, 2016
Critic Score
68
25 reviews

For Britain's biggest young guitar band to ditch laddy machismo, embrace the boy band ideal, and run on feeling rather than posturing—that feels kind of radical. When you sleep can be far too much, but it's not cynical.

160. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews
The Chicago rapper’s second album is a transcendent coming-of-age tale built around cosmic jazz and neo-soul, delivered by a woman deeply invested in her interiority and that of the world around her.

159. Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden
August 19, 2014
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

This is an ambitious record that doesn't feel at all over-worked or stale, and while Sorrow and Extinction holds up beautifully two years later, Foundations is the stronger collection to the point that Sorrow almost comes across as demos for this new material.

158. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

The New York duo's debut full-length is a wildly fun noise-pop thrill-ride, delivering on the promise of last year's widely circulated demos.

157. The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
82
32 reviews
The British band’s outrageous and eclectic third album attests to the worth of putting in an honest effort in the face of near-constant gloom.

156. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

July 29, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

It’s not anchored in one particular scene, but plays as broadly California, with sly nods to the Byrds in the guitars, the Go-Go’s in the vocals, and Randy Newman in the wry humor.

155. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode

21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode
July 14, 2016
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

On Savage Mode, the dry-voiced and deadpan trap rapper 21 Savage recounts a life that has known nothing but violence. It's his strongest release, thanks to sleek production by Metro Boomin. 

154. Mica Levi - Under the Skin

March 17, 2014
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
The music unfolds as deliberately and as unconsciously as the dreamlike film itself.

153. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

David Berman’s first new music in over a decade is a marvelous collection of heartbreak, grief, and bitterness. His careful writing has never sounded so exacting or direct.

152. Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
80
36 reviews

As they've gone from spastic punk, to doomed stoner rock, to sparkling guitar pop, to this new album's skinny-jeaned funk, Arctic Monkeys have stayed close to the spirit of their debut's title while minimizing its excess at the same time.

151. Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster
November 23, 2009
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

Despite her flitting between personalities and personas, her music feels more like her own here than it did on her debut LP. The songs feel like they were written for Lady Gaga rather than simply for any modern pop star.

Original Source: https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/the-200-best-albums-of-the-2010s/
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1mo
I'm fine with Blonde winning but where's the consistency Pitchfork, Blonde wasn't awarded a perfect score like MBDTF was not to mention Blonde didn't even win Pitchfork's album of the year for 2016.
1mo
Swans?
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