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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

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

49. Bill Callahan - Dream River

Bill Callahan - Dream River
September 17, 2013
Critic Score
78
23 reviews

48. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
69
32 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. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

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

42. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

April 8, 2014
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

41. Big Thief - Two Hands

Big Thief - Two Hands
October 11, 2019
Critic Score
86
19 reviews

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

39. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

38. Skepta - Konnichiwa

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

36. Ane Brun - When I'm Free

Ane Brun - When I'm Free
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

35. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

34. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

33. Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 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. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

29. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
A bitterly beautiful album.

28. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

27. Fatoumata Diawara - Fatou

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

26. Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

25. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 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. Adele - 21

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

23. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

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

22. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 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. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
30 reviews

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

19. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
36 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. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

October 4, 2019
Critic Score
92
30 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. Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

15. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
37 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. Solange - When I Get Home

March 1, 2019
Critic Score
82
22 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. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
39 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. Robyn - Body Talk

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

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

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
25 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. Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
36 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. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
92
36 reviews

6. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

5. Beyoncé - Lemonade

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
91
32 reviews

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

3. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

January 31, 2012
Critic Score
62
35 reviews

2. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
25 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.

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