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NME’s Greatest Albums of The Decade: The 2010s

NME’s Greatest Albums of The Decade: The 2010s

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100. Biffy Clyro - Opposites

Biffy Clyro - Opposites
January 28, 2013
Critic Score
68
13 reviews

99. Bring Me The Horizon - amo

Bring Me The Horizon - amo
January 25, 2019
Critic Score
74
17 reviews
It’s proof alone that this band can do what they want and get away with it. There’s nothing as exciting as a surprise that pays off. It ain’t rocket science, it ain’t heavy metal, it’s just class songwriting.

98. The Strokes - Angles

The Strokes - Angles
March 22, 2011
Critic Score
69
34 reviews

97. SZA - Ctrl

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
83
19 reviews
Across 45 minutes, she breathlessly leaps between genres, and laments on tired and broken relationships in a stream-of-consciousness style that fans of Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ will adore.

96. Muse - Drones

Muse - Drones
June 8, 2015
Critic Score
55
22 reviews

It’s Bellamy’s job to prise open deeper socio-political dimensions as much as it is to comment on the times, and Muse’s music once more matches his adventurous intrigue.

95. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
35 reviews
This is a reunited band making music to rival their very best. There’s airmiles aplenty in these Essex Dogs yet.

94. The Horrors - Skying

The Horrors - Skying
July 26, 2011
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

If all you can see is a tangle of influences then you’re standing too close to the picture, and when ‘Skying’’s visions come into focus, it not only reaffirms that ‘Primary Colours’ was far from a fluke, but that they could go so much further.

92. M.I.A. - Matangi

M.I.A. - Matangi
November 5, 2013
Critic Score
75
36 reviews

She’s reminded us exactly why she’s important: she’s a hyper-intuitive artist with a mongrel sensibility who bows to no one. 

90. J Hus - Common Sense

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
For all its globe-trotting genre-hopping, however, ‘Common Sense’ is an album that could only have been released in the UK in 2017 – not only because of its very London-specific blend of influences, but because of its big-budget glossiness and world-beating confidence.

89. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

Lana Del Rey is large – she contains multitudes, and the way she balances and embodies them on her fifth album is nothing short of stunning.

87. alt-J - An Awesome Wave

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

85. DIIV - Is the Is Are

DIIV - Is the Is Are
February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
27 reviews

‘Is The Is Are’ could be DIIV’s definitive statement. Forget all the baggage, this is just a band in a room, and the noise they make is thrilling.

84. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

Elsewhere Blake’s silences don’t weigh as heavy as he thinks they do, and 'James Blake' is too calculated an act of daring to really shine.

83. Rihanna - ANTI

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
30 reviews
It’s not quite the revelatory departure we might have hoped for, and has the rich but unfocused feel of something worked on perhaps too long with obsessive fervour, but it’s also subtle and interesting; an intriguing soundtrack to an era of change.

82. Pusha T - Daytona

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
84
21 reviews

80. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
January 15, 2013
Critic Score
72
28 reviews

Rocky’s debut is full of superb moments and offers a rich tasting menu of unique sounds. 

78. Lady Gaga - Born This Way

May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
Rather than an exercise in hype, what ‘Born This Way’ really is an exercise in the pushing of everything to its ultimate degree. And for all the black, white and silver, it passes that test with flying colours.

77. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

March 9, 2010
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

75. The Black Keys - Brothers

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

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

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

The crap filter has been whacked up to 11 and the groove-o-tron set to interstellar for the band’s slickest offering to date.

72. Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

71. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
37 reviews
From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivd synths, ‘Currents’ is an audiophile’s wet dream.

70. Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

The line between self-aware irony and tragically conforming to type is thin, though, her knowing winks getting stuck in a tangle of false eyelashes, and ultimately undermining what had the potential to be a powerful artistic statement. 

69. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
The Northampton rapper's unique debut album is authentic and honest in all its garish glory, an indication of the sprawling possible paths for his career to grow into.

68. Tierra Whack - Whack World

May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

67. Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

The south London grime don delivers a knockout debut that’s brash and pensive in equal measure.

66. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

65. Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
June 22, 2015
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

64. Travis Scott - ASTROWORLD

August 3, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

The rapper has produced a lush, complex, extraordinarily accomplished album that invites us mere mortals to peer in at his life behind the velvet rope.

63. The xx - I See You

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

On ‘I See You’ we meet a new tactile version of The xx. They’re relaxed, warm, joyful even ... They find a balance with the old xx though. Fragility and self-doubt are still themes.

62. Solange - A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
These are complicated topics to address on record, but ‘A Seat At The Table’ succeeds because it’s musically soothing even when her lyrics are challenging.

61. Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Royal Blood - Royal Blood
August 25, 2014
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

60. Kasabian - 48:13

Kasabian - 48:13
June 9, 2014
Critic Score
54
12 reviews

The cocky confidence that barrelled them into the big time might just be losing momentum - a band made of bold leaps have started dipping toes.

59. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
37 reviews

Thom Yorke and co remain reluctant saviours of rock, and 'A Moon Shaped Pool' doesn’t so much grab you by the throat as creep into your house in the night and paint your walls an enigmatic shade of blue.

58. Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

Slaves - Are You Satisfied?
June 1, 2015
Critic Score
54
8 reviews
They’ve used their major-label debut to rally the troops rather than just jeer at them from the sidelines. Every song here is a call to arms or an affirmative flip of the table.

57. Giggs - Landlord

Giggs - Landlord
August 5, 2016
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

56. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 reviews

Clark’s readiness to be freakish and alone has translated into her songwriting, which is bolder than ever, and out to connect.

55. Beyoncé - Beyoncé

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
83
28 reviews
There are no real bangers here, but for once that’s not a disappointment cushioned by wafty ballads. Instead the low-key, moody production throws the spotlight on the words and the images brought to play by Beyonce as serious album artist, encompassing bulimia, post-natal depression, the fears and insecurities of marriage and motherhood, and lots and lots of sex.

54. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Backed by a supporting cast of R&B superstars and bright newcomers, it’s a record of long, lazy summers; sitting back and staring at the clouds.

53. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
69
32 reviews

This record feels a lot like gazing into the night sky. At first it’s completely overwhelming ... But when the constellations show through, you’ll realise that it’s a product of searingly intelligent design.

52. Paramore - After Laughter

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
18 reviews
Catharsis is never usually this joyous, but sometimes smiling through the pain works better than crying.

51. Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
29 reviews
If 2012’s ‘Light Up Gold’ woke the world up to a group that many touted as the latest answer to The Strokes, ‘Wide Awake!’ is an indelible underlining of their status as one of the most important bands in the world right now.
Original Source: https://www.nme.com/features/nme-best-albums-of-the-decade-2010-2019-2580278
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2w
There's something about the write up for AM in the article that suggests that even NME is like 'yeah, we know this isn't the most profound or important or innovative album of the decade... but we hung our hat on calling Monkeys and Alex Turner the best band/songwriter since The Beatles back in 06 so we need to keep justifying that, so we're just gonna say this album is awesome and call it a day."
2w
It is actually not that bad: apart from Kasabian and Vaccines the choices are acceptable I guess...
2w
lol
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