Northern Transmissions' Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

Northern Transmissions' Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

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49.

Ty Segall - Sleeper
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
77
19 reviews

48.

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
If the Bristol transplant’s first record grabbed you by the lapels and demanded you to pay attention, the quintet’s quick-fire follow up album ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ is more of a firm arm around the shoulders; it’s an LP that’s forged on inclusivity, embracing imperfections and flaws whilst confronting contentious subjects like immigration and looking to dismantle macho stereotypes.

46.

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
90
22 reviews

This is an album that brings the Irish city to life, as the plucky five piece take you on a journey through rain-soaked streets, violent encounters and a reassured confidence that comes from struggle.

43.

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

42.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

41.

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
46 reviews

No doubt, A Moon Shaped Pool is still streaming jittery clicks and filtered synths our way, but there’s a more pronounced organic element to the record.

39.

Wild Nothing - Gemini
May 25, 2010
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

38.

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

37.

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

35.

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

34.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
26 reviews

If song writers are spelunkers of the unrevealed, then Lenker is one of the bravest working today – unafraid to probe the depths of her inner world by shining a light into the corners of the universe. This is strange and courageous music.

33.

The xx - xx
October 6, 2009
Critic Score
85
23 reviews

30.

February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Burn Your Fire does not break the indie-rock mold, but it is exciting to hear Olsen working outside of her comfort zone.

28.

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
43 reviews

Certainly FKA Twigs has her own unique brand of R&B, which touches on experimental pop with some ethereal Kate bush vibes thrown in too. Talking about young love and insecurities, she does so in a fresh, exciting way.

26.

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
30 reviews

25.

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
43 reviews

There is much to love about Carrie & Lowell for both longtime fans, and those finally looking to hear what this Sufjan guy is about. It is quintessentially him, but offers a new side that is so human and powerful.

24.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
88
37 reviews

23.

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
82
34 reviews

22.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

21.

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
46 reviews

The album ... is a simple reminder of the things that we like about Daft Punk, it’s the perfect album for your late night disco musings, and robotic love making.

20.

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
Her unique point of view is so relatable and throughout the running time of this masterful record we are allowed a glimpse into her world or perhaps just what it is she chooses to share about herself.

19.

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

Certainly, this album has its moments, moments of extremely accessible pop greatness that shine through (and hopefully eclipse) the murk of a few misplaced ballads. St. Vincent fans will not be disappointed, as Clark continues to push boundaries and create her own musical reality.

18.

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

17.

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
32 reviews

16.

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

15.

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
80
37 reviews

Grimes could very well do okay with this new album as a track like “Oblivion” clearly stands out, but I’d be surprised if it broke through with any significant notoriety, but that’s not to say that she can’t in the future.

13.

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

He says “My ambition… was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love, the unutterable pleasures of intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice.” And he does so, with some intelligent and honest song writing and passion in his voice.

12.

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
41 reviews

It goes without saying that Blackstar isn’t the kind of epoch­defining masterpiece that Bowie built his career upon a few years ago. That being said, it does return the songwriter to the unpredictable excitement of that earlier time.

10.

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
82
41 reviews

The different use of instrument and percussion in Modern Vampires Of The City give Vampire Weekend a striking sound, different from many of their contemporaries. Yep, they’re still ahead of the game.

9.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

It’s a union between longtime engineer Jeff Zeigler and principal songwriter Adam Granduciel whose result is a ten track outing branded with the Philly native’s perfectionist watermark as the two seamlessly weave bar room piano, pedal steel, and seasoned vocals with enough drifting effects to fill whatever space comes between.

8.

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

It’s a record that is aware of its own merits, and is fully confident that it will be loved, year-end lists be damned.

7.

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

4.

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

3.

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
40 reviews

2.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
43 reviews

The constant cloudy-headed experimentation gets a little exhausting over the course of the album’s 13-track, 52-minute runtime, but the lyrics provide the lucid emotional core that keeps these spacey songs grounded.

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