Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

Slant Magazine's 100 Best Albums of the 2010s

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100. Bright Light Bright Light - Life Is Easy

Bright Light Bright Light - Life Is Easy
July 7, 2014
Critic Score
53
3 reviews

99. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 reviews

98. Pet Shop Boys - Electric

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
80
23 reviews

96. James Blake - James Blake

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

95. Aphex Twin - Syro

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Imagine a mirror which distorts not just the reflection, but reality itself, and you have a fair idea of the stunning legacy to which Syro triumphantly belongs.

94. Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

July 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
This is easily Tyler's most emotionally risky, and rewarding, work to date—and, in its own way, more transgressive than anything from Odd Future's punk-rap peak.

92. Katy B - On a Mission

Katy B - On a Mission
April 5, 2011
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

91. Mariah Carey - Caution

Mariah Carey - Caution
November 16, 2018
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Caution feels like the album Mariah has wanted to make all along: one that literally throws caution to the wind and sees her embracing her inner weirdo.

90. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

89. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

88. Taylor Swift - reputation

Taylor Swift - reputation
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
67
28 reviews

It's Swift's willingness to portray herself not as a victim, but the villain of her own story that makes Reputation such a fascinatingly thorny glimpse inside the mind of pop's reigning princess.

87. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

RTJ2 is a steamroller of an album, packed with enough assonance and alliteration to school an AP English literature class.

86. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

85. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
September 13, 2019
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

84. The Weeknd - House of Balloons

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

83. Wild Beasts - Smother

Wild Beasts - Smother
May 10, 2011
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

82. The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir

The Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
84
17 reviews

80. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

One listen to Vulnicura confirms what's been evident for a long time, but will still continue to come as a disappointment for many: Björk firmly belongs to the world of the avant-garde.

79. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
88
24 reviews

The culmination of 50 years of moody, often melancholic music, You Want It Darker stands out as the musical equivalent thereof, a wry reckoning of a lifetime's worth of damaged relationships, upheld vows, and broken promises from pop's preeminent emotional accountant.

78. The National - Trouble Will Find Me

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
39 reviews

While Trouble Will Find Me remains well crafted and satisfying, there's something inherently stultifying about it as well.

77. Pistol Annies - Hell on Heels

September 6, 2011
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

74. Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

For much of Bon Iver, Vernon takes his cues from Volcano Choir, using an array of disparate instrumentation and looping effects to beautifully eerie effect.

72. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

Shaking the Habitual isn't so much "Shake Your Love" as it is Shakespeare...translated into alien biometric rhythms tapping out iambic pentameter.

71. Mitski - Be the Cowboy

August 17, 2018
Critic Score
85
34 reviews
Even as she continues to explore the dark parts of her soul lyrically, Mitski sounds more confident than ever.

69. Crystal Castles - (II)

Crystal Castles - (II)
May 25, 2010
Critic Score
73
23 reviews

68. Miguel - Wildheart

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

As with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, another work whose laser-focused assuredness counterpoises the ambivalence on display here, Wildheart stands out as a collection of songs about the significance of roots, using an assortment of West Coast imagery to communicate the splintered state of the artistic psyche Miguel presents.

67. tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

66. Sheer Mag - Need to Feel Your Love

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

On Need to Feel Your Love, the Philly quintet fully embraces these dissonances, creating an album on which even their breeziest, most likeable hooks drip with tension and rage.

65. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

64. Jay-Z - 4:44

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

Jay-Z made 4:44 with producer No I.D., whose beats luxuriate in burnished soul and jazz samples; combined with the relatively light feature roster and the short running time, this makes for the most focused Jay-Z album since The Blueprint.

63. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
30 reviews

Cave and the Bad Seeds have been responsible for a lot of great albums, but nothing they've ever released matches Skeleton Tree's sonic cohesion, consistent front-to-back quality, or gut-level resonance.

62. The Black Keys - Brothers

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

61. Jessie Ware - Tough Love

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
73
28 reviews

60. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Even beyond the chances Simpson takes, A Sailor's Guide to Earth remains a sonically stunning album.

59. Björk - Utopia

Björk - Utopia
November 24, 2017
Critic Score
79
36 reviews

Björk seems to have reconjured the elements that made her music so exceptional, and consistently enough that one can imagine a shorter, more curated iteration of Utopia that could stand with her very best albums.

58. Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
Taken together, these songs present Cardi as an artist confident enough to expand her sound but smart—and some might say calculated—enough not to drift too far from her wheelhouse.

57. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

55. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
Tillman's narrator is a self-destructive train wreck, but he's so masterfully sketched that he feels more than deserving of sympathy.

54. Drake - Take Care

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
Drake has grown tremendously in the year since he recorded his debut, reemerging as a more versatile performer and a more heartfelt songwriter.

53. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

Granduciel is clearly still drawn to his rock roots, but as the gap between him and those influences widens, it become suffused with anxiety and dread, the sort of existential ambivalence that Lost in the Dream masterfully conveys with its vast distorted spaces.

52. The Internet - Hive Mind

The Internet - Hive Mind
July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Hive Mind is the Internet's most musically diverse and synergetic album to date.

51. Disclosure - Settle

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
78
30 reviews
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