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Paste's 30 Best Country Albums of the 2010s

Paste's 30 Best Country Albums of the 2010s

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30. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

Taylor Swift - Speak Now
October 26, 2010
Critic Score
74
14 reviews

29. Ruston Kelly - Dying Star

Ruston Kelly - Dying Star
September 7, 2018
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

28. Orville Peck - Pony

Orville Peck - Pony
March 22, 2019
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

27. Tyler Childers - Country Squire

Tyler Childers - Country Squire
August 2, 2019
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

25. Brandy Clark - 12 Stories

Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
October 22, 2013
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

23. Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
March 27, 2012
Critic Score
67
11 reviews

Nothing’s Gonna Change… is ultimately the kind of album you can curl up into, let the warm tones surround you and rest easy

22. Yola - Walk Through Fire

Yola - Walk Through Fire
February 22, 2019
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

21. Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.

20. Ashley Monroe - Sparrow

Ashley Monroe - Sparrow
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
Choosing instead to work with Dave Cobb, the man behind the boards for Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton’s recent triumphs was a brilliant move on her part. Their collaboration has resulted in one of the strongest and most grown up country albums to be released this decade.

19. Lori McKenna - The Tree

Lori McKenna - The Tree
July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

18. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

Elizabeth Cook - Welder
May 11, 2010
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

17. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

As a whole, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth is simultaneously eclectic and of a piece: It’s big and bold and sometimes messy, but never unfocused.

16. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

15. John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness

John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness
April 13, 2018
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

14. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

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

12. Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread

Rosanne Cash - The River & the Thread
January 14, 2014
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

11. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

Through matter-of-fact lyrical acuity, Isbell peels back layers of cultural abstraction to reveal the grit of the human experience on The Nashville Sound, and renders it much more inclusive than the title’s regional attribution might make it seem.

10. Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

Always ambitious, Americana/traditional folk artist Rhiannon Giddens uses Freedom Highway, her second solo album, for a contemporary end: tracing the roots of the #BlackLivesMatter movement from plantation property to today.

9. Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere

Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

The needle may keep moving for female country artists, but that’s of little concern to McBryde. She’s on a journey toward career longevity and Nowhere is her confident and solid first step.

8. The Highwomen - The Highwomen

The Highwomen - The Highwomen
September 6, 2019
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Of this album’s 12 graceful, all equally important tracks, several bring new content to the country table.

7. Eric Church - Desperate Man

Eric Church - Desperate Man
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

6. Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel

Pistol Annies - Interstate Gospel
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

5. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
May 5, 2015
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

4. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Critic Score
83
12 reviews
Her voice is equally as engaging as her writing, going from mournful to exclamatory, oftentimes in the same song. There have been comparisons to Loretta Lynn, which must be flattering to the up-and-coming singer. To write, sing and relate to your listeners as she does is a rare trio of traits.

2. Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
June 11, 2013
Critic Score
83
10 reviews

It’s the most potent expression to date of Isbell’s talent (including his DBT output) and, hopefully, a harbinger of great things to come.

1. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/10/best-country-albums-2010s.html
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