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AllMusic's 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

AllMusic's 200 Best Albums of the 2010s

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

November 11, 2016
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

This is no nostalgia trip or callous comeback. It's a giant exclamation point on the end of a brilliant career. It's also a tribute to the everyman genius of Phife, a widescreen look at the record-making skills of Q-Tip, and most importantly, it's a pure, undiluted, joyous thrill to have the Tribe back and still sounding this vital.

Actress - Splazsh

Actress - Splazsh
May 28, 2010
Critic Score
86
9 reviews

Adele - 21

February 22, 2011
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Alejandro Sanz - Sirope

Alejandro Sanz - Sirope
May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

Alvvays - Alvvays

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Alvvays find a way to articulate their heart-struck, dream-like songs with deft intention and control.

Ana Tijoux - Vengo

Ana Tijoux - Vengo
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Anderson .Paak - Malibu

January 15, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
Throughout, he's a (stoned) common man making the best of his consequences, yet he has an otherworldly quality, like he has been beamed down to mine the L.A. County sewer system and Pacific Ocean floor for cosmic slop.

Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Low on frenetics, Syro is anchored by rotund and agile basslines that zip and glide, and it's decked in accents and melodies that are lively even at their most distressed.

Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

As always, Ghersi pushes his boundaries on Arca, and the vulnerability he displays makes it some of his most exciting and moving music yet.

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
36 reviews

If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, then The Suburbs is its sales manual.

Arctic Monkeys - AM

September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
36 reviews

This is vibrant, moody music that showcases a band growing ever stronger with each risk and dare they take.

Ariana Grande - Sweetener

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

An album that coheres in a way other Ariana Grande albums don't, which means Sweetener is something of a double triumph: she's come through a tough time stronger and better than before.

Ashley Monroe - Sparrow

Ashley Monroe - Sparrow
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

More than anything, Sparrow is sharply constructed as an album, setting a mood with its first song and then finding variations on this lush, enveloping sound. It's a record designed for late nights, whether those nights are lonely or romantic.

Baroness - Gold & Grey

Baroness - Gold & Grey
June 14, 2019
Critic Score
85
14 reviews

Thanks to maturity, Fridmann's mix, and uncanny sequencing, every song fits seamlessly inside each proceeding one, delivering a mercurial yet satisfying whole that makes Gold & Grey the band's finest outing to date, if not their masterpiece.

Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Though it's not as eclectic and whimsical as their earlier work, Teen Dream is some of their most beautiful music, and reaffirms that they're the among the best purveyors of languidly lovelorn songs since Mazzy Star.

Ben Frost - A U R O R A

Ben Frost - A U R O R A
May 26, 2014
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

His disciplined approach and bleak yet massively creative imagination delivers a particularly 21st century industrial music of his own design. A U R O R A is dark, dreadful, and dramatic; it is also a masterpiece.

Beyoncé - Beyoncé

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
28 reviews
In time, it should be seen as a career highlight from a superstar -- one of the hardest-working people in the business, a new mother, in total control, at her creative and commercial peak.

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

A foray into artful album rock for the band, U.F.O.F.'s shifts in presentation are subtle and seem wholly organic throughout. It's a record deserving of such an evocative title, which captures its dreamily impressionistic yet unsettling nature.

Bilal - Airtight's Revenge

Bilal - Airtight's Revenge
September 6, 2010
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

Vulnicura honors her pain and the necessary path through and away from loss with some of her bravest, most challenging, and most engaging music.

Blood Orange - Negro Swan

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
85
26 reviews

Negro Swan sonically is as fluid as it is fragmented, synthesizing and bounding between bedsit post-punk, desolate dream pop, chillwave-coated quiet storm, and low-profile hip-hop soul.

Brandy Clark - 12 Stories

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

BTS - Love Yourself 結 Answer

BTS - Love Yourself 結 Answer
August 24, 2018
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

For a pop band to display such thematic consistency, depth, and maturity is a wonder, making Love Yourself: Answer BTS' most definitive statement to date and a snapshot of the group at the top of its game.

Bunbury - Expectativas

Bunbury - Expectativas
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
100
1 review

Café Tacvba - Jei Beibi

Café Tacvba - Jei Beibi
May 5, 2017
Critic Score
90
1 review

For all its adventure, Jei Beibi is solidly consistent. There isn't a weak or even unexciting moment here. But then, what else would you expect from one of the world's greatest rock bands?

Calle 13 - MultiViral

Calle 13 - MultiViral
March 1, 2014
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

An even more consistent album than Kiss, E-MO-TION further defines Jepsen as an equally stylish and earnest pop artist.

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
85
23 reviews
It's a joy to hear all this zeal from a rapper operating at the top of his game.

Christine and the Queens - Chris

September 21, 2018
Critic Score
86
29 reviews

As she examines what masculinity, femininity, strength, and vulnerability mean to her, Christine has never sounded more exposed -- or in control. A triumph, Chris reaffirms just how masterfully she engages minds, hearts, and bodies.

CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

Even on the darkest moments, such as "Lies" or "Science/Visions," there's a disarming emotional directness to The Bones of What You Believe that makes it a unique, fully realized take on a style that seemed close to being played out.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
83
35 reviews

A convincing argument that rock & roll doesn't need reinvention in order to revive itself, Courtney Barnett's full-length debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. falls into a long, storied rock tradition but never feels beholden to it.

D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

The mere existence of his third album evinces that, creatively, he's doing all right. That the album reaffirms the weakest-link status of his singular debut is something else.

Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

At first, it's hard to know what to make of all the fromage, but Random Access Memories reveals itself as the kind of grand, album rock statement that listeners of the '70s and '80s would have spent weeks or months dissecting and absorbing

Danny Brown - OLD

October 8, 2013
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

While Old often seems like a hip-hop kaleidoscope exploding across the speakers, it's also crafted and paced, split down the middle like a great LP with a sure start and a freeing finish.

Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

Aptly named, You Won't Get What You Want is awash with hopelessness, but each battery acid-stained note and room-clearing clang is delivered with the resigned ferocity of a cornered beast. In looking to capture the ugliness of humanity and parse through the despair that slithers malevolently in its wake, Daughters have crafted their most vital outing to date.

David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 reviews

This comfort with the now is the most striking thing about Blackstar: it is the sound of a restless artist feeling utterly at ease not only within his own skin but within his own time.

Deafheaven - Sunbather

June 11, 2013
Critic Score
90
20 reviews

Many bands go through their entire career without making an album as well crafted, fully realized, and downright gorgeous as Sunbather, and somehow, Deafheaven have managed to nail it on their second outing, with an album that seems to get bigger and more affective with each listen.

Death Grips - The Money Store

April 21, 2012
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

The Money Store is an important record that's also compelling, loaded with kinetic blows against the empire and fully stuffed with that attractive maverick spirit.

Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

It’s not as immediate as previous Deerhunter albums, but Halcyon Digest has an appeal all its own: It’s as difficult to grasp -- and as hard to shake -- as a memory lingering at the back of your brain.

Demdike Stare - Tryptych

Demdike Stare - Tryptych
January 24, 2011
Critic Score
84
8 reviews

Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013's acceptable dance album. That said, any purist who denies its pleasures is a crank.

DJ Rashad - Double Cup

October 22, 2013
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Draco Rosa - Monte Sagrado

Draco Rosa - Monte Sagrado
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
September 18, 2012
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

Earl Sweatshirt - Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Simultaneously sad, strange, and warmly nostalgic, Some Rap Songs is excitingly listenable and emotionally connected despite its abstruse approach.

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

Where The Outsiders was designed to dazzle, Mr. Misunderstood is built for the long haul: it settles into the soul, its pleasures immediate but also sustained.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

I Love You, Honeybear, despite the occasional double entendre, is as powerful a statement about love in the vacuous, social media-obsessed early 21st century as it is a denouement of the detached hipster charlatan.

FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

FKA Twigs' music was already so fully realized that LP 1 can't really be called Barnett coming into her own; rather, her music has been tended to since the "Water Me" days, and now it's flourishing.

Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

Elaenia is fated to become one of those albums that inspires ritualistic listening parties held by small groups of audiophiles. That shouldn't be held against it.

Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials

November 1, 2011
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

That rare sophomore outing that not only manages to avoid the slump, but bests its predecessor in the process.

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
84
35 reviews

Its flow is even more liquid than that of Until the Quiet Comes, though the sounds are more jagged and free, with roots deeper in jazz.

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
90
35 reviews

One listen to Channel Orange makes it obvious that he is as free as an artist as he is as a man. The album doesn't have as many slyly powerful hooks as Nostalgia, Ultra, but Ocean's descriptive and subtle storytelling is taken to a higher level. 

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana

June 28, 2019
Critic Score
84
24 reviews

An LP more rounded and more stirring than the excellent first one.

Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

With the release of the album DS2 -- Dirty Sprite 2, named after his hit mixtape -- he becomes a hip-hop version of Lee "Scratch" Perry, a strange and yet in command figure standing at the center of a slick, inventive swirl of music.

Future Islands - Singles

March 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

The vocals, the songs, the music, and the production work together to make Singles a one-of-a-kind experience that's nearly perfect.

Gerardo Ortiz - Hoy Más Fuerte

Gerardo Ortiz - Hoy Más Fuerte
May 18, 2015
Critic Score
90
1 review

Ghost - Meliora

Ghost - Meliora
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
82
11 reviews

What holds it all together is solid writing that sticks close to stock pop/rock methodology.

Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

Fresh and surprisingly accessible despite its quirks, Visions is bewitching.

J Balvin - Vibras

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Vibras is more consistent and varied than Energia. Its songwriting, performances, and production are truly inspired, making for an utterly compelling listen and one of the essential soundtracks of summer.

James Blake - Overgrown

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

Though the stormy textures and somber reflections are pretty specific to a particular mood, Overgrown finds and fits that mood perfectly. While it might take listeners a few spins to find the right head space for the album, once they get there, it's an easy place to get lost in.

Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

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

Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
83
36 reviews

As it moves from reflective to engaging and back again, In Colour covers the entire spectrum of Jamie xx's music, delivering flashes of brilliance along the way.

Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019
Critic Score
85
18 reviews

This galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent will no doubt inspire covers itself. Every public library should have at least one copy.

Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back

November 29, 2010
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orphée

Jóhann Jóhannsson - Orphée
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth

Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
July 17, 2012
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

Jlin - Black Origami

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

Black Origami is a monumental achievement, yet it still seems like Jlin is just getting started.

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

While it's tempting to say Have You in My Wilderness is her most personal music yet, it might be more accurate to say that it's her most approachable: this time, her brilliance demands a lot from her listeners, but also meets them more than halfway.

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
80
13 reviews

Previously, her cleverness was her strong suit, but on Golden Hour, she benefits from being direct, especially since this frankness anchors an album that sounds sweetly blissful, turning this record the best kind of comfort: it soothes but is also a source of sustenance.

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

Holistic in breadth and deep in vision, it provides a way into this music for many, and challenges the cultural conversation about jazz without compromising or pandering.

Kanye West - Yeezus

June 18, 2013
Critic Score
84
40 reviews

Yeezus is an extravagant stunt with the high-art packed in, offering an eccentric, audacious, and gripping experience that's vital and truly unlike anything else.

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
October 7, 2016
Critic Score
85
13 reviews

On the masterful follow-up to her Mercury Prize-nominated debut, Everybody Down, British poet/rapper Kate Tempest offers a vivid portrait of human failings and worldly tumult as seen through the microcosm of an unnamed South London street at 4:18 A.M.

Kelela - Take Me Apart

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
Nothing is as volcanic as "Bank Head" or as rush-inducing as "Rewind" -- two past gems -- but these hyperballads and zero-gravity jams always stimulate, covering a broader spectrum of emotional states with deeper resonance.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
38 reviews

To Pimp a Butterfly is as dark, intense, complicated, and violent as Picasso's Guernica, and should hold the same importance for its genre and the same beauty for its intended audience.

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS

Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
June 8, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

Kids See Ghosts is everything Ye wasn't, delivering a worthwhile listen in spite of the extended PR disaster that preceded its release. With Cudi as the yang to West's yin, the pair inch closer to finding peace and a light in the darkness.

King - We Are King

King - We Are King
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

We Are King is all about plush, impeccable grooves and spine-tingling harmonies. It's without fault.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
April 29, 2016
Critic Score
81
12 reviews

King Gizzard's inventive sound, giant hooks, and hard-as-titanium playing make Nonagon Infinity not only their best album yet, but maybe the best psych-metal-jazz-prog album ever.

Kip Moore - Slowheart

Kip Moore - Slowheart
September 8, 2017
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

Kode9 - DJ-Kicks

Kode9 - DJ-Kicks
June 21, 2010
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

Krallice - Diotima

Krallice - Diotima
April 26, 2011
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

Easily his most focused and accessible work, Pretty Daze is the strongest so far in a chain of releases that seem to suggest there are even greater heights to be reached.

Kvelertak - Meir

Kvelertak - Meir
March 25, 2013
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things, Vol 1

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things, Vol 1
August 12, 2016
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

While the show itself is clear about its influences, its soundtrack manages to do this too, while ultimately culminating as an in-depth and invigorating piece of atmospheric electronic music.

Kylesa - Spiral Shadow

Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
October 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

While much of her older material revelled in its own inconsolable sadness and detached numbness, the lush sonics and intimate narratives of NFR! draw out hope from beneath desolate scenes.

Liturgy - Aesthethica

Liturgy - Aesthethica
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Lorde - Melodrama

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
36 reviews

This balance between discovery and reflection gives Melodrama a tension, but the addition of genuine, giddy pleasure ... isn't merely a progression for Lorde, it's what gives the album multiple dimensions.

M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

More than any of M83's other albums, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming feels like a destination to explore; while it may not be quite as striking as Saturdays = Youth, it delivers a welcome mix of classic sounds and promising changes.

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days
April 1, 2014
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

With songs touching on themes of maturation, life in the public eye, and good old-fashioned romance, DeMarco has trimmed the fat both musically and conceptually on Salad Days, turning in a streamlined picture of his musical development.

Mahan Esfahani - Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin

Mahan Esfahani - Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin
November 11, 2014
Critic Score
100
1 review

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings

Makaya McCraven - Universal Beings
October 26, 2018
Critic Score
84
3 reviews

Marc Anthony - 3.0

Marc Anthony - 3.0
July 23, 2013
Critic Score
70
1 review

Maren Morris - Hero

June 3, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

By drawing upon so many cross-currents, Hero belongs to the digital era but it's the songs -- smart, sharp, and hooky -- that make this a great modern pop album, regardless of genre.

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

This tension between the head and heart, between the country and the city, is what fuels Midwest Farmer's Daughter, placing it on a warm, hazy plane that feels simultaneously sophisticated and down-home.

Matthew Shipp - Zero

Matthew Shipp - Zero
March 23, 2018
Critic Score
85
1 review

Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works

Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
January 27, 2017
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Although the work as a whole is not a film score, it has the flavor of one, and it opens up intriguing possibilities for the expansion of that language to other settings. Certainly recommended for anyone who has noticed and liked the music for Arrival.

Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage

Melody's Echo Chamber - Bon Voyage
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

She's made giant leaps as a singer, songwriter, and musical director, and Bon Voyage shows that Melody's Echo Chamber is far from being just a Kevin Parker creation. Prochet's vision is her own, and it's strong enough here to fly free of any and all constraints.

Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather

Meshell Ndegeocello - Weather
November 8, 2011
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

Mica Levi - Under the Skin

March 17, 2014
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012
Critic Score
81
13 reviews

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

November 18, 2016
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

By radically shifting her sound, she winds up focusing attention on her songwriting and musicality: it may have mainstream songs, but The Weight of These Wings isn't produced like a country-pop album, so it demands attention and rewards close listening.

Mitski - Puberty 2

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
85
26 reviews
A visceral work that shares the immediacy of classic punk and confessional singer/songwriter fare at once, Puberty 2 takes listeners behind closed doors with the kind of no-holds-barred lyrics that are likely to leave a lasting impression.

Moreno Veloso - Coisa Boa

Moreno Veloso - Coisa Boa
September 9, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017
Critic Score
90
17 reviews

Sharing his loss on A Crow Looked at Me doesn't diminish its impact at all -- even within Mount Eerie's body of work, this is a remarkably powerful and pure album.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Even by Cave's dour standards, Skeleton Tree is a tough listen, but it's also a powerful and revealing one, and a singular work from a one-of-a-kind artist.

Noname - Room 25

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

The immaculately crafted Room 25 is highly mature and immensely enjoyable. Simply remarkable.

Ozuna - Aura

August 24, 2018
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Paramore - Paramore

April 9, 2013
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

Paramore is a veritable pop opera about a band reborn, phoenix-like from the ashes of a broken lineup, better and stronger than any previous incarnation.

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

February 15, 2011
Critic Score
89
33 reviews

In its own way, Let England Shake may be even more singular and unsettling than White Chalk was, and its complexities make it one of Harvey’s most cleverly crafted works.

Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

Filled with lonely songs that are as warm as a hug from a long-lost friend, Purple Mountains is more of a rebirth than a debut, as well as a potent, poignant reminder of how much Berman has been missed.

Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

Homme has marshaled all of his strengths on ...Like Clockwork and has found a way forward, a way to deepen his music without compromising his identity.

Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee

Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee
August 23, 2019
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - Atlas
March 4, 2014
Critic Score
76
31 reviews

Their songs have always resided somewhere between head-in-the-clouds lightheartedness and day-dreamy nostalgia, but the ten songs that make up Atlas seem more mature, more deliberate, and lacking some of the carefree naiveté of earlier work.

Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway

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

Freedom Highway draws upon deep American traditions, and while its form may be a throwback, it speaks to a time when the phrase "Black Lives Matter" can be seen as controversial and, in doing so, it illustrates how these issues are deeply ingrained in American life and cannot be forgotten.

Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
30 reviews

By the end of Anti, Rihanna may not arrive at any definitive conclusions about her art but she's allowed herself to be unguarded and anti-commercial, resulting in her most compelling record to date.

ROSALÍA - EL MAL QUERER

November 2, 2018
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

There is as much subtlety in both the compositions and production as there is drama, all of it imbued with restless soul via Rosalía's singular voice that marries the folk lineage of flamenco to 21st century styles and sounds, making El Mal Querer not only a provocative and original offering, but a magnificent one as well.

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

If the first album was the supernova, RTJ2 is the RTJ universe forming, proving that Mike and El-P's one-off can be a going, and ever growing, concern.

Saba - Care for Me

April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

As musically vibrant as it is emotionally vulnerable, Care for Me is a triumph of expression, as personally and creatively fearless as Frank Ocean's Blond or Björk's Vulnicura. Over the course of these ten soul-baring songs, diving deep into grief becomes a form of necessary catharsis and part of a healing process.

Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar

Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar
October 14, 2011
Critic Score
80
1 review

Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty
July 29, 2014
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

It's a shame that such a vanguard effort is weakened by a few clever and jokey interludes that don't warrant a return, but that just leaves Shabazz Palaces room for a proper masterpiece as the brilliant Lese Majesty is so very close.

Shakira - Sale El Sol

Shakira - Sale El Sol
October 19, 2010
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time

October 29, 2013
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

Ferreira manages to balance her teen pop past with her current interest in indie rock in surprising, creative, and always catchy ways.

Sleep - The Sciences

Sleep - The Sciences
April 20, 2018
Critic Score
85
10 reviews

The Sciences may not be as daring and ambitious as Dopesmoker, but it finds Sleep working at the top of their game in the studio, and their resinous howl is still a weird marvel to behold.

Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
Their restrained ornamentation and moderate tempos are perfectly suited for Knowles, an undervalued vocalist who never aims to bring the house down yet fills each note with purposeful emotion.

Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile

March 30, 2018
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

Your Queen Is a Reptile is easily Sons of Kemet's most compelling outing. It offers inspired stylistic contrasts, canny improvisation, and killer charts. It's tight, furious, joyous, and inspirational.

SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES

June 15, 2018
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

While SOPHIE's music has never been simple, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides' complexities and transformations make it a remarkable debut album that reveals more with each listen.

Special Request - Soul Music

Special Request - Soul Music
October 7, 2013
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

Masseduction delivers sketches of chaos with stunning clarity. It's the work of an always savvy artist at her wittiest and saddest.

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
37 reviews

Carrie & Lowell is the most harrowingly personal work Stevens has offered us to date; it also ranks with his most skillfully crafted albums despite its spartan approach.

SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
This is a marked improvement and an indication of more great work to come.

Tame Impala - Lonerism

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
28 reviews

This combination gives Lonerism the best of both worlds, allowing it the creative freedom to emerge as one of the most impressive albums of the home-recording era while still feeling superbly refined.

Taylor Swift - Red

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

The Bug - Angels and Devils

August 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

Angels & Devils contains none of the Acid Ragga material, and neither KMS partner is involved. Even so, there's continuity and gradual evolution that can be traced back several years through Martin's output.

The Internet - Ego Death

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

One of the best noncommercial R&B albums of 2015, Ego Death is perfectly timed, in sync with -- and distinct from -- other standout releases connected to the thriving L.A. community.

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

It's a near flawless collection of dreamy vibes, shifting moods, and movement, and stands easily as Granduciel's finest hour so far.

Theo Croker - Star People Nation

Theo Croker - Star People Nation
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

Torche - Harmonicraft

Torche - Harmonicraft
April 24, 2012
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
While most of these songs are rife with anxiety and isolation, the open-hearted lyricism and wide-scoped productions, put together by an artist in peak form, make them immensely engrossing.

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
38 reviews

Ultimately, Modern Vampires of the City is more thoughtful than it is dark, balancing its more serious moments with a lighter touch and more confidence than they've shown before.

Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
September 20, 2011
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
83
21 reviews

Blowing the promise of his Hell Can Wait EP into an extraordinary double LP, Summertime '06 finds rapper Vince Staples with all the pieces in place.

Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers
May 22, 2012
Critic Score
92
6 reviews

Ten Freedom Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz's canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington's Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite.

Wayne Shorter - Emanon

Wayne Shorter - Emanon
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

Fantastic songs, meticulously detailed production and a certain, hard to name spark of connection all gel into the near-perfect statement that every part of Mering's strange journey before this led up to.

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