The Independent's 50 Best Albums of the 2010s

The Independent's 50 Best Albums of the 2010s

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50.

Nils Frahm - Spaces
November 18, 2013
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

49.

September 17, 2013
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

48.

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
72
38 reviews

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino feels more like an interlude between AM and a seventh Arctic Monkeys album – a delve into the bizarre, where even the Steinway has its own character.

43.

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

Stormzy is clearly on the verge of becoming the next grime crossover success.

42.

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

41.

Big Thief - Two Hands
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
85
22 reviews

Two Hands is Big Thief’s best to date, and undoubtedly one of the best of the year.

39.

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

38.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

With Konnichiwa, Skepta hoists grime to another level.

36.

Ane Brun - When I'm Free
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

35.

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
40 reviews

34.

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
85
35 reviews

33.

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

At a time where mainstream artists seem almost forced into making some kind of statement against the state of the world, to dwell on the doom and gloom we hear in the news; Golden Hour is a reminder that sometimes - often, if you’re looking in the right places - life is still beautiful. You get the feeling that Musgraves could find the beauty in anything.

32.

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

29.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
81
33 reviews
A bitterly beautiful album.

28.

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

27.

Fatoumata Diawara - Fatou
September 27, 2011
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

26.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

25.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
40 reviews
It's a finale that suggests a Bowie desperate to break with the past, but acknowledging it'll always be with him – however hard he tries here.

24.

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

23.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
44 reviews

It’s an exciting journey, and one that, for all its musical twists and turns, has its feet planted on the dancefloor.

22.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

The album is sultry and soporific, sitting somewhere between the minimalist trip-hop of Del Rey’s early days, and the scuzzy desert rock she has toyed with over the years.

20.

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 reviews

This is Rihanna at her most strikingly self-assured and it’s wondrous.

19.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
88
37 reviews

The prevailing tone of The Suburbs is of a more reflective, nostalgic bent – as if rumination upon the past might indeed offer a valid refuge from the uncertainties and worries of the present.

18.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

17.

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
93
34 reviews

Following the traumatised chaos of 2016’s Skeleton Tree, Ghosteen is a warm cloud of ambient solace – a sonic evocation of the communion he has experienced through his newly porous relationship with his audience.

16.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
74
18 reviews

15.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
39 reviews

Less structured and song-oriented than Channel Orange, it’s a long, meandering ramble through Ocean’s passing interests and attitudes, hopes and memories ... delivered in an undulating sprechstimme that seems to be avoiding the difficult choice of a compelling melody.

13.

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

Where 2016's A Seat At The Table commanded respect, action and validation to an extent, When I Get Home offers respite, support and hope.

11.

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of pop's gaudiest, most grandiose efforts of recent years, a no-holds-barred musical extravaganza in which any notion of good taste is abandoned at the door.

10.

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

9.

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
87
28 reviews
Despite the hiatus, this guest-laden double-album finds the group still very much engaged, rattling out tongue-twisting, articulate verbal flows dealing more with social realities than self-aggrandising brags and outlaw fantasies.

8.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews
Fuelled by a black humour that’s almost become her trademark, there’s heartbreak and ecstasy, desire, fear, uncertainty, acting on impulse, making mistakes and (maybe) learning from them. And those are tunes we can definitely dance to.

7.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
93
40 reviews

5.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
36 reviews

Lemonade is fiery, insurgent, fiercely proud, sprawling and sharply focused in its dissatisfaction.

4.

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

The dominant sound of Channel Orange is one of "quiet storm" slow jams laid over lo-fi, broken-speaker beats. But it's far from samey.

3.

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
62
36 reviews

2.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 reviews

Save for the chunky “Don’t You Wait”, there’s little punch or pop charm to the album, which boasts a surfeit of luscious textures and feisty attitudes, but a shortfall of killer melodies.

Original Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/best-albums-decade-2010s-frank-ocean-adele-taylor-swift-kanye-west-ranked-a9204121.html
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