Northern Transmissions' Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

Northern Transmissions' Top 50 Albums of the 2010s

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49. Ty Segall - Sleeper

Ty Segall - Sleeper
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

48. Idles - Joy as an Act of Resistance

August 31, 2018
Critic Score
89
26 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

Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
April 12, 2019
Critic Score
91
20 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. Mac DeMarco - 2

October 16, 2012
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

42. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

41. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
88
39 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

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

38. My Bloody Valentine - m b v

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

37. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
77
33 reviews

35. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost

September 13, 2011
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

34. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019
Critic Score
83
22 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

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

30. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
31 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. FKA twigs - LP1

August 12, 2014
Critic Score
86
40 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. Taylor Swift - 1989

October 27, 2014
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

25. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
38 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. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
36 reviews

23. Slowdive - Slowdive

May 5, 2017
Critic Score
83
31 reviews

22. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
32 reviews

21. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

May 21, 2013
Critic Score
83
40 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. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 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. St. Vincent - St. Vincent

February 25, 2014
Critic Score
87
36 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. Destroyer - Kaputt

January 25, 2011
Critic Score
86
26 reviews

17. DIIV - Is the Is Are

February 5, 2016
Critic Score
72
27 reviews

16. Alvvays - Alvvays

July 22, 2014
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

15. Grimes - Visions

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
35 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. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
34 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. David Bowie - Blackstar

January 8, 2016
Critic Score
86
36 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. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
38 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. The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
33 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. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 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. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

4. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
30 reviews

3. Frank Ocean - Blonde

August 20, 2016
Critic Score
86
38 reviews

2. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
37 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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