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

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

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100.

January 28, 2013
Critic Score
68
19 reviews

99.

January 25, 2019
Critic Score
75
18 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
March 22, 2011
Critic Score
69
36 reviews

97.

June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 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.

June 8, 2015
Critic Score
58
29 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
April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
41 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
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
November 5, 2013
Critic Score
76
38 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.

May 12, 2017
Critic Score
80
9 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.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 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.

May 28, 2012
Critic Score
80
19 reviews

85.

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
32 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.

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
32 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.

January 27, 2016
Critic Score
71
34 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.

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

80.

January 15, 2013
Critic Score
73
31 reviews

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

78.

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.

March 3, 2010
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

75.

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

73.

June 4, 2013
Critic Score
82
39 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.

April 30, 2013
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

71.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
42 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.

June 17, 2014
Critic Score
72
33 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.

May 17, 2019
Critic Score
82
20 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.

May 30, 2018
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

67.

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.

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

64.

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.

January 13, 2017
Critic Score
81
41 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.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 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.

60.

Kasabian - 48:13
June 9, 2014
Critic Score
55
14 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.

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
44 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?
June 1, 2015
Critic Score
60
10 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
August 5, 2016
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

56.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

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

55.

December 13, 2013
Critic Score
84
30 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.

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
21 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.

May 11, 2018
Critic Score
72
38 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.

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

51.

May 18, 2018
Critic Score
85
31 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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9mo
It's weird cause this isn't that bad of a list until it gets to AM then it's just like... why? Like it's fine if you don't hate it but best album of the past 10 years?
9mo
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."
9mo
It is actually not that bad: apart from Kasabian and Vaccines the choices are acceptable I guess...
9mo
lol
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