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Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Rock Albums of the 2010s

Consequence of Sound's Top 25 Rock Albums of the 2010s

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25. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

 …Like Clockwork is one of the year’s finer rock albums — an exercise in songwriting, production, and musicianship.

24. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

Its ambrosial melodies and austere instrumentation edify his canon of work, which has long been rewarding for its risky sensibilities and perseverance.

23. Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
69
29 reviews

In revisiting those times, in trying to get back in touch with that man, he and the rest of Weezer have created something that’s completely unique to their catalog, a record that tries its damnedest to feel alienated by the conflicts of the past, but discovers that it’s actually at peace with them.

22. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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.

21. 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.

20. 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.

19. 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.

18. Lucy Dacus - Historian

Lucy Dacus - Historian
March 2, 2018
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

17. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

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.

16. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
84
35 reviews
Lyrically and emotionally, it’s a scrapbook of those “lost” years, funneled through 10 essential tracks that all find her on steadier footing. Those feet are now on new terrain, but Van Etten ably strolls by the worn-out footprints of so many crooners who have previously stumbled or worn out their soles with such a departure.

15. 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.

14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Throughout the record, Cave moves in and out of focus, though always clearly to his own ends ... As an artist, he needed to release the record in just this way in order to process his pain. Skeleton Tree was released for us, but it’s for him.

13. Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

Their music is suddenly sexier, no doubt a credit to Turner’s vision for AM, and continues to mature. 

12. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Sure LCD Soundsystem songs are fun, but they also make you question why they are fun, whether they are actually fun, what fun means, whether we can ever answer these questions, and whether when all is done, are you happy with what you’re doing. It’s meta-party music.

11. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

My Woman oozes unhurried glamour and moments of sweeping grandeur. Olsen shifts between genres with graceful precision, breaking down the limiting (and, sometimes, sexist) critiques that have dogged her career.

10. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be remembered as a milestone not because it’s the first widely known punk record performed by a trans woman, but because it brandishes a genre saturated by empty, male-centered politics to broadcast the most punk statements possible: Fuck the haters, be who you are, hold fast to those who love you.

9. The National - High Violet

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

They’ve taken some minor risks, tailored their sound, and emerged with a record that can stand confidently beside Boxer and Alligator, all without overdoing or losing any of its predecessors’ merits.

8. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
October 18, 2011
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

Although Dreaming sports slower, more introspective ballads, there’s also a pantry’s worth of interstellar jams, chock full of sounds you’ve probably never heard before.

7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
36 reviews

The idea behind The Suburbs is simple, if not universal. It’s about aging. Of course it’s deeper than that, but if you were to summarize all the underlying emotions and just cut right to the chase, it’s really about coming to grips with the full package that is growing up.

6. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

Blackstar is a battle cry against boredom, a wide-eyed drama set in a world just beyond our scopes. It doesn’t get more Bowie than that.

5. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

The more you spin it, the more you wear out that thin needle of your record player, you realize that Granduciel is discovering the problems of his life, not figuring them out or even reflecting on them. This all makes for an album that truly sounds like it’s coming to life.

4. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

Currents is all about the wide lens. It’s not the landscape worth falling in love with, but the way Parker gives us a tour. Let it happen, and it will carry you off somewhere much further away than you realized was worth visiting.

3. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

Mitski - Be the Cowboy
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

On a songwriting level, Mitski — already established as a top-tier songwriter — has outdone herself on Be the Cowboy. The album is full of constructions that are simple, bold, sharp, and generous. She wastes not a single second, every moment is intentional, every instrument employed for a purpose.

2. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

Strange Mercy achieves that sweeping goal, delivering on its promises, challenging thematically and intellectually, while also entertaining.

1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
38 reviews

It’s content to expound upon the Vampire Weekend aesthetic in inventive, imaginative, and undeniably successful ways.

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