Paste's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

Paste's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

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100. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
He is not the best singer in the world, and certainly not the best rapper—but his desire to be upfront in his lyrics and distinguished in his music has made him an iconoclastic star.

99. Japanese Breakfast - Soft Sounds From Another Planet

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
It’s a somber, starry lullaby that results in periods of fitful sleep marked by struggles with fading love and death’s vague mystery.

98. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

Skeleton Tree ... isn’t something listeners can likely dislodge from their minds anytime soon ... There’s something to be said about Skeleton Tree and its starkness, which is as familiar as life and death, an elegy, and a hell of a thing to forget.

97. Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
20 reviews

96. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Flower Boy introduces us to a new Tyler that seems interested in cultivating lyrical and sonic beauty instead of testing his listeners’ tolerance for profanity.

95. The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Keys - Brothers
May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

93. Charles Bradley - Victim of Love

Charles Bradley - Victim of Love
April 2, 2013
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

If you were a fan of No Time For Dreaming you’re going to be a fan of Victim of Love, and you shouldn’t really need to know anything about it other than it’s an album full of Charles Bradley songs. The Screamin’ Eagle of Soul is never going to let you down.

92. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

91. Lucius - Wildewoman

Lucius - Wildewoman
October 15, 2013
Critic Score
67
11 reviews

90. Julien Baker - Turn Out the Lights

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
27 reviews
Around every corner, Baker practices restraint where she could’ve gone for a bigger moment. The effect is an album that’s powerful but not overwrought.

89. Savages - Silence Yourself

May 6, 2013
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Silence Yourself evokes very real sensory and emotional connections, leaving it up to you to get something out of it.

88. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
33 reviews

87. Hop Along - Painted Shut

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

Although Hop Along’s lyrical content can be heavy at times, Painted Shut’s tracks are well-balanced between catchy indie pop with an edge and more discordant fare.

86. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

85. Big Thief - Capacity

Big Thief - Capacity
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

84. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

83. Soccer Mommy - Clean

March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

With Clean, she may have again left her bedroom for the studio, but her introspective and comfortably confessional lyrics maintain their intimacy and diary-scrawl relatability.

81. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

80. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews
With a stripped-down, uncluttered sound, Blake’s creations are hauntingly beautiful. His voice echoes soulfully throughout his self-titled album, with lyrics as deliberate as the heavy beats that accentuate each track.

79. St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half the City

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Half the City
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

78. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

You can feel the effort with every syllable, that this music is coming from their very core.

77. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

75. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

June 19, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

Few vocalists can erase the distance between performer and listener as shrewdly as Apple can, and that toggle gives The Idler Wheel its strange power.

73. Kevin Morby - City Music

Kevin Morby - City Music
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

Morby has said Singing Saw is Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, while City Music is Lou Reed and Patti Smith, and you can’t draw a much brighter line between two things than that.

71. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

Snaith’s latest disc further just distills the guy’s most synthetic interests and occasionally winds up sounding like something playing at a club while Tom Cruise, circa 1988, enters the room. 

70. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

69. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home
June 23, 2015
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

Coming Home, however unintentionally, represents the spiritual cleansing and soulful healing we need right now. It’s the sound of an era where civil rights seemed so desperate, but progress also felt in reach.

68. The Decemberists - The King is Dead

The Decemberists - The King is Dead
January 18, 2011
Critic Score
73
30 reviews

66. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

65. Future Islands - Singles

Future Islands - Singles
March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

As easy as it is to enjoy, there is something fleeting in its pleasures, as if it isn’t quite complete without occupying the same spaces as the band. 

64. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews
Messiah churns the “old school” in ways that bristle with vitality, yet are as fresh and urgent as anything on radio.

63. HAIM - Days Are Gone

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
75
33 reviews

For a first foray into the pop universe, Days Are Gone is a hell of an opening salvo.

62. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

With both immediate appeal and density that demands long-term digestion, it’s one of those rare debuts that manifests a fully-grown, deeply engaging sound.

61. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

60. Lorde - Pure Heroine

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

To know so much, to feel so little and to embrace what is, she illuminates being young, gifted and bored with a luminescence that suggests life beyond Louis Vuitton.

59. Iceage - You're Nothing

Iceage - You're Nothing
February 19, 2013
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

Rønnenfelt’s vocals— still in the throes of puberty, mostly screamed in English, on the verge of going hoarse—carry the most weight. Broken down, his lyrics fall into standard-issue Anger 101, us-against-them territory. But it feels empty at times. 

58. (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
He’s as interested in misshaping a great song as he is perfecting it. Most of the truly great ones have that quality. (Sandy) Alex G seems headed that way.

57. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

56. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

55. Adele - 21

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

54. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
The weird thing about labeling this record as a breakup album is that it’s both accurate and—paradoxically—widely off-base.It’s not angsty, or hastily prepared in a few drunken nights off of some fit of red-eyed nostalgia.

52. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

51. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
33 reviews
In just 10 songs and a little over 30 minutes, Sleater-Kinney does so much more than revive an old band. They craft an argument for having improved in its absence.
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