Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade

Tiny Mix Tapes Favorite 100 Music Releases of the Decade

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100.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
73
19 reviews

Pitiless Censors is a sparkling album, a lo-fi synth pop masterpiece that manages to give endless aural delights while still being intellectually engaging, and despite having been caught at the center of a whirlpool of current movements, all of which reflect some aspect of Maus’ style, he has only cemented his identity as a singular, unimpeachable figure.

99.

Kara-Lis Coverdale - Grafts
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

98.

May 25, 2018
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

97.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

As difficult as it might be to find fresh plaudits with which to laud Deerhunter, they continue to deserve every single redundant bit of acclaim.

96.

Bill Orcutt - A History of Every One
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

95.

April 23, 2016
Critic Score
90
36 reviews

For all the scorn and fireworks, LEMONADE is maybe most remarkable for its capacity for healing ... It’s a work that relishes in the movement of emotionality, the contradictory wrecking-ball feelings that spring from disappointed love, that could turn you to drought if turned from. And it never loses its focus.

94.

Zs - New Slaves
May 11, 2010
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

92.

April 24, 2012
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

91.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
40 reviews
Which pop stars have lived or even remained relevant long enough to commemorate their own deaths in song? And who has done it so cannily, with as much shimmer, spunk, and rude humor, with as much life as Bowie did here? The album may or may not be a masterpiece, but it’s a heartbreaker, a miracle.

90.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

The themes run from menstruation to vampires to capitalism to loneliness to pap smears, and any thread you pick can take you to the core. You have been invited in.

87.

Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw
August 16, 2011
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
McMahon is, more than ever now, doing for psych what everyone told me Dungen was doing for psych back in 2004

86.

September 29, 2014
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

85.

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
73
10 reviews

Sometimes you have a dream and it’s not bad. It’s not wish-fulfillment, but you feel more alive for having had it. The memory of the dream’s worth nothing, but you’ll chase the feeling all day. This album is a lot like that.

84.

D/P/I - Fresh Roses
November 19, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

83.

October 29, 2012
Critic Score
83
16 reviews

A memorable, impermanent joy, it restores, rather than disturbs, the equilibrium — a feat of engineering in the service of artistry.

80.

Graham Lambkin / Jason Lescalleet - Photographs
September 27, 2013
Critic Score
90
1 review

79.

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

Beach House have reached the point in their career where achieving grand melodic climaxes seems to come to them effortlessly, and on Teen Dream the climaxes are as thrilling as ever before.

77.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

So no, Public Strain isn’t the manic, dirty opus Women was. But it’s still Women. And I’m still in love with it.

75.

Eli Keszler - Stadium
October 12, 2018
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

74.

February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Like a good drama, the most enthralling moments of Burn Your Fire occur in the most unpolished and ambiguous facets. Each song is familiar at first listen, only to transform into intricately indelible settings the more you follow their path.

73.

April 12, 2011
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

With efforts like this one, Panda Bear and his coterie have established a genuinely avant-garde movement in America.

72.

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
February 3, 2015
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee is infinite and indispensable in its cultural worth and true-ly timeless and comprehensive in its scope. A masterwork of human history, still in progress.

71.

July 17, 2012
Critic Score
91
38 reviews
Ocean's work is almost as good as those he references; his lyrics are almost uniformly terrific, sensual, specific, and unpredictable

70.

Giant Claw - Dark Web
September 30, 2014
Critic Score
90
1 review

69.

Lolina - Live in Paris
May 6, 2016
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

67.

18+ - MIXTAP3
October 25, 2013
Critic Score
80
1 review

66.

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
37 reviews
We need pop music that sounds like this right now, because no one else seems quite so capable of confronting the tangle of expectations (or lack of expectations) in the post-capitalist music terrain.

64.

December 4, 2015
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

Jeremih’s a night owl, not a lark, and on Late Nights: The Album — his first in a lustrum — he retreats even further from the spotlight he seemed predestined for, carefully crafting an album that surprisingly finds tranquility in the 28-year-old’s thrill-seeker ways.

63.

Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom
February 26, 2016
Critic Score
66
10 reviews

Pop music is often at its best when it seek to challenge its own established tradition, and imbued with a timeless feminine cultural residue, Vroom Vroom does just that. This is pop music reinventing itself, reasserting its autonomy.

62.

Aaron Dilloway - Modern Jester
December 20, 2011
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

61.

Jessy Lanza - Oh No
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

Wrapped in a overwhelming number of influences, Oh No vaults across an infinity of cultural milieus to find itself. Soft and sensual, alone in a room of millions, Lanza weaves past and present, dance and desire as one in a dizzying, strenuous aesthletic attempt at its future.

60.

Klein - Tommy
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

59.

September 14, 2018
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
What Double Negative seems to be doing is provoking the listener to actually feel the songs, not by way of the old associative emotions — the you’s and I’s, the easy reactions — but through the deconstruction of what’s habitual, returning music to what it actually is: this other form of communication.

57.

U.S. Girls - Half Free
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Half Free is a dudless, succinct record with nonetheless staggering scope.

56.

Triad God - Triad
March 1, 2019
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

55.

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
27 reviews

With If You’re Reading This, there is union between his effort to “mythologically aggrandize” himself and to relieve creative pressure by half-redundantly (and “meaningfully”) delivering what people what: Drake content, Drake lyrics, Drake beats… a Drake album.

54.

Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing
July 1, 2012
Critic Score
90
1 review

53.

June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

Melodrama overwhelms me. It reaches me at that weird and fragile center. The part of me I consider irreconcilable.

52.

October 22, 2012
Critic Score
90
31 reviews

Throughout these 12 songs (often bi- or tripartite), Lamar reshapes and improves upon enough modern rap tropes to at least partially justify the “unique” and “forward-thinking” mantles that have been placed upon him.

51.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews
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