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Consequence of Sound's Top 100 Albums of the 2010s

Consequence of Sound's Top 100 Albums of the 2010s

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100. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
33 reviews

It’s an awe-inspiring, challenging album in all the best ways. PJ Harvey has created an album that will be at the top of everyone’s “Best of” list come December.

99. Savages - Silence Yourself

May 6, 2013
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Savages champion essential qualities of music that are too often washed away by the Internet’s slipstream: presence, performance, togetherness, transcendence.

98. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

97. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

Of course, the album is a highly polished product and not some diary page. But it feels lived in, truthful, authentic. thank u, next is a personal statement from a generational talent who is still only 25 years old.

96. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews
Justin Vernon challenges listeners to accept a new, self-aware perspective, one delivered honestly and beautifully.

95. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica

November 8, 2011
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Replica catches Lopatin at the peak of his powers, realizing his esoteric vision with a newfound brazenness

94. Tom Waits - Bad as Me

Tom Waits - Bad as Me
October 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
32 reviews

He takes his fair turns at singing, as opposed to unearthing, and delivers some of his more satisfying softer moments in recent memory.

93. BROCKHAMPTON - iridescence

BROCKHAMPTON - iridescence
September 21, 2018
Critic Score
82
15 reviews

Iridescence is full-to-bursting; it’s like almost eating too much food, almost drinking too much booze; it’s getting close to too much, and still asking for more.

92. Caribou - Our Love

October 7, 2014
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

It’s rich in slow-burning ambiguity, and it may be vibrant and clean, but it doesn’t entice dialogue quite the same way his past albums have.

91. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
83
35 reviews
Barnett clearly doesn’t always take herself or her surroundings seriously, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have serious things to say about both.

90. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

Emotion rolls out banger after banger, all while sustaining a remarkable level of complexity and compassion for everyone in Jepsen’s solar system.

88. Lady Lamb - After

Lady Lamb - After
March 3, 2015
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

Lady Lamb is a novelty in the flesh. It’s only Spaltro’s second time trying out the loftiness of a studio album, but After pushes her to refine and redesign with grace.

87. Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

It’s groovy and funky and sultry, and it takes things seriously while still being joyful. It encourages freedom of form, in the sense of both body and art.

86. Spoon - Hot Thoughts

Spoon - Hot Thoughts
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
30 reviews

Every song bursts out of its box with dizzying Technicolor touches and unexpected noises or inside-out harmonies.

85. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Musgraves hits one high note after another on Golden Hour; her talent as a songwriter and melody-maker is second to none, and each song is thoughtful, well-formed, and a delightful experience on its own.

84. Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse
August 30, 2011
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

Apocalypse is one of those rare modern jazz records that’s remarkably unpretentious without having to cheapen the daunting complexity jazz is noted for.

83. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

On Invasion of Privacy, she breezes past the challenge of a highly anticipated debut by making one of the most exciting rap albums in years.

82. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

June 5, 2012
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

Where Post-Nothing melts into a hazy dream, Celebration Rock does exactly what it claims to do—it burns on and on like the best sort of party.

81. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
30 reviews

Anti takes risks and disregards convention in a way that only a true superstar like Rihanna could pull off.

80. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

Wasting Light has cornered the kind of ideas that make up the best of the band’s catalog in an earnest attempt to go as big as possible, while staying relatively grounded.

79. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
28 reviews

It trafficks specifically in lost arts like sequencing, pacing, and mastering. It’s not concerned with moving units. It’s concerned with Beyoncé’s self-exploration, in a complicated, incredibly intriguing way.

78. Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

The pleasure of Room 25 is in hearing a master wordsmith turn words into feelings so that the feelings linger long after the words have stopped.

77. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

76. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

Sleater-Kinney are sick of the rules as they stand, but they don’t just want to break the rules; they want to make new ones. They could only do that by coming back together to reintroduce their own perspective and fight their own battle.

75. HAIM - Days Are Gone

September 30, 2013
Critic Score
75
33 reviews

What separates the coven of sisters from their UK contemporaries, however, is that their debut doesn’t define them explicitly. It balances expectations with mystery, aligning their identity with a roulette of vantage points.

74. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
29 reviews

Take Care shines bright, utilizing the same concepts and notions as its predecessor but with far more lethal and appealing results.

73. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

LP1 isn’t anything revolutionary; it’s a frankly expressed project focused on the dualism between love and lust, reality and fantasy.

72. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

m b v creates a new timeline for My Bloody Valentine, and one that recalls the past in a broader and bolder light.

71. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

An album like RTJ2 is rare. Decades from now, this album may just be revered as one of the best hip-hop records of our era, the total synchronicity of two talented artists reaching the apex of their prime.

70. Katy Perry - Teenage Dream

August 24, 2010
Critic Score
54
14 reviews

69. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
18 reviews

Williams boasts undeniable talent, but her gusto requires the sharp songwriting and clever instrumentation of her bandmates, and After Laughter testifies to what happens when a singer like Williams is met with a group of quality instrumentalists.

68. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

It seemed like the best Tribe could hope for was an album that longtime fans would embrace, but excite few younger listeners unfamiliar with the group. As it turns out, We got it… is a triumphant defying of such expectations.

67. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

The end result is a new kind of National album — still dark and neurotic, obsessed with modern-day paranoia, but also bursting with an unlikely optimism and a very 2013 zest for life.

66. Lady Gaga - Joanne

Lady Gaga - Joanne
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
67
25 reviews

Gaga isn’t naked on Joanne, but she has stripped off the flank steaks and AutoTune. The result is a work that may not close any circles, but instead start the pattern of a new shape: something weird, but compelling, and largely authentic.

65. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
January 24, 2012
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

With Attack on Memory, Baldi’s never felt more alive or more authentic.

64. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
October 4, 2019
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

All Mirrors is a successful example of how being bold and staying true to yourself pays off. Undeniably, this is Olsen’s most cohesive, self-aware, and searing album to date, and the era of Olsen is far from finished.

63. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
April 17, 2012
Critic Score
78
33 reviews

Sweet Heart, Sweet Light covers a broad aural spectrum from surrealistic haze to outward pop and as such, is some of Jason Pierce’s and Spiritualized’s best material since Ladies and Gentlemen.

62. Saba - Care for Me

April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

At 10 breezy tracks, Care for Me isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an honest-to-god album that develops ideas at its own pace.

61. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

60. Chromatics - Kill for Love

March 26, 2012
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

With Kill For Love, it almost feels like the man’s true thesis, as if he’s strung together all his ideas, feelings, and sounds into one colossal being that acts less like an album and more like a highly organized archive.

59. Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
July 28, 2015
Critic Score
82
28 reviews
This is music that wants to be read as a text, and deserves to be. The fact that it comes to us in an era of smartphones and shortening attention spans only serves to underscore its audacity.

58. Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Though nothing from the album may ever get played in a ballroom, Negro Swan is a grand work that gives credit to the pioneers of the culture while building a path forward within that framework, placing Hynes firmly in the canon as one of the most insightful musicians of his generation.

57. St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

Yes, MASSEDUCTION is worthy of being treated like an event, but whether or not it tops her previous two excellent efforts is a little tougher to support.

56. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

Blonde is R&B minimalism that only Ocean could have made, and he created it as such so that its details emerge when they feel comfortable to do so — namely when the listener is prepared to face their similarities to his autobiographical faults with the same lack of a need for exoneration.

54. Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews

Overwhelming and humbling, Elverum’s revelatory work offers a blueprint for others going through similar situations in their own lives, a true testament to the power of art and a loving tribute to Geneviève.

53. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

An artist of uncompromising power and originality, he has proven that he will not, cannot conform to the expectations of the music industry, his adoring fans, or anyone else. He is a delicate, impulsive genius of rare distinction, and this defiant streak is essential to the character of his music.

51. Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

Woods embodies the cultural makeup of Chicago, tackles the multiplicity of identity, and balances her dominance with flawlessly selected features that build her up.

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