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
July 7, 2014
Critic Score
53
3 reviews

99.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

98.

July 15, 2013
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

96.

February 8, 2011
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

95.

September 23, 2014
Critic Score
86
41 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.

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
April 5, 2011
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

91.

Mariah Carey - Caution
November 16, 2018
Critic Score
80
12 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.

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

89.

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

88.

Taylor Swift - reputation
November 10, 2017
Critic Score
68
29 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.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

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

86.

May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

85.

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

84.

March 21, 2011
Critic Score
79
17 reviews

83.

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

82.

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

80.

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
36 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.

October 21, 2016
Critic Score
88
27 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.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
84
44 reviews

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

77.

September 6, 2011
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

74.

June 21, 2011
Critic Score
84
35 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.

April 8, 2013
Critic Score
83
36 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.

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

69.

Crystal Castles - (II)
April 23, 2010
Critic Score
74
24 reviews
They’ve moved on from huffing paint thinner to farting in your mouth while you are sleeping. The differences are subtle, but the key advance made is one of generosity.

68.

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
80
30 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.

April 19, 2011
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

66.

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
83
26 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.

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

64.

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
82
31 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.

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
34 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.

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
27 reviews

61.

October 13, 2014
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

60.

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

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

59.

Björk - Utopia
November 24, 2017
Critic Score
80
37 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.

April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 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.

November 18, 2013
Critic Score
75
28 reviews

55.

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
39 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.

November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
30 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.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 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
July 20, 2018
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

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

51.

June 3, 2013
Critic Score
76
34 reviews
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