Sputnikmusic's Top 100 Albums of the 2010s

Sputnikmusic's Top 100 Albums of the 2010s

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100.

February 21, 2012
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
What results is another quality release that cannot help but make music fans excited for what this gifted outfit are to bestow upon us on their next offering.

98.

Nujabes - Spiritual State
December 3, 2011
Critic Score
60
1 review

96.

September 9, 2016
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

Skeleton Tree is meant to be a record for everyone, a naked, honest depiction of true grief in musical form ... This stands as possibly his greatest achievement, as much a sorrowful exploration as a loving sendoff only for his fans, but more importantly, for himself.

93.

March 18, 2014
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

Lost in the Dream is a sad record, but it’s also a hopeful one, enriched by the journey of its own heartbreak and the possibilities that remain.

92.

September 8, 2017
Critic Score
84
42 reviews

Sleep Well Beast sees The National flourish with candid lyrics and diverse song craft, embodying the band’s continuing evolution and life’s constant change.

91.

July 24, 2012
Critic Score
67
26 reviews
It doesn't quite spike with the sharp edges of old, but the passion is in a more intelligent place, and it's a place worth returning to with at least the same frequency as those hospital walls.

89.

April 5, 2019
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

88.

October 18, 2011
Critic Score
76
35 reviews

87.

February 3, 2013
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

While m b v is a record that is more than capable of standing on its own, at the same time it also sounds exactly like the sort of thing that we might have expected My Bloody Valentine to produce two decades ago, and this noticeable lack of allegiance to the present is perhaps the most potent thing about this entire revisionist affair. 

85.

August 15, 2011
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

84.

October 9, 2012
Critic Score
87
30 reviews

Where Innerspeaker aspired to impress us at every turn, Lonerism is much more discreet and less concerned with being as seductive as possible. This album is more confident in itself, preferring to offer songs that grow on you rather than immediately instigate enthusiasm.

82.

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
25 reviews
With this, Earl is setting himself as the anti-hero of the urban catacombs. As his peers conspire to help each other on the way to the perfectly marketable, headphone-empire utopia, Earl cuts up his creations in the subterranean.

80.

November 8, 2019
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

To put Magdalene in context, it’s clear that FKA Twigs has created her best album so far. It combines the addicting complexity of M3LL155X’s production aesthetics with the more elaborate and thoughtful songwriting of LP1.

79.

Vektor - Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Critic Score
83
8 reviews

78.

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
39 reviews
Tillman takes his musical cues from his confessional forebears, ‘70s singer-songwriters like Jackson Browne and James Taylor, his soulful tenor a warm and inviting presence that makes his refreshingly modern lyrics and transparent sensibilities all the more affecting.

77.

September 22, 2017
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

Whether she’s touching on the impact of losing a legend like Bowie or battling her own demons, Strangers in the Alps is a vibrant and rare debut that’s not afraid to tell it how it is.

76.

Teebs - E S T A R A
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

75.

October 5, 2018
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

It’s ugly and beautiful; one moment subdued and the next blistering.

74.

December 6, 2019
Critic Score
94
9 reviews

73.

June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

72.

American Football - American Football
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

71.

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
These are gorgeous tracks -- their synthwork is overwhelmingly shiny, but it’s curtained by the antique dust of lo-fi.

70.

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

They are masters of atmosphere and intrigue, and flirting with pop music has only further aided their chameleonic nature, with this being their most satisfying and diverse effort in many years.

69.

Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
October 12, 2010
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

68.

Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

67.

Protest The Hero - Volition
October 29, 2013
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

63.

Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were
October 21, 2014
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

62.

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

This is a complex, stunning, and challenging record that will undoubtedly alienate some. But if you’ve enjoyed Holter to this point, it is worth investing the necessary time. Aviary touches every corner of her sound, resulting in an enchanting, if slightly dizzying, fifth album.

61.

October 26, 2018
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

Whatever voodoo made their unapproachable sound so damn fun and cathartic is completely gone. In its place is a something altogether darker and uglier, but ultimately more brilliant and enrapturing than ever before.

59.

October 31, 2014
Critic Score
82
19 reviews

58.

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

E MO TION isn’t a stablemate of innovation, nor does it have an elaborate, all-encompassing concept; its allure stems from its consistency, with each and every track seamlessly passing the baton to the next without any significant dip in momentum.

55.

Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
June 7, 2011
Critic Score
75
9 reviews

54.

October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

Outside of “Love Again,” the album is chock-full of jams from front to back, and RTJ2, in its astonishing scope and finesse, continues a tradition of greatness for the unlikely duo, and serves as one of the more distinguished bright spots in an otherwise stale year for hip-hop.

53.

February 3, 2017
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Going from lyrics of “this is how I feel and it sucks,” to “this is how I felt, and I got through it,” coupled with the band’s most bright and catchy music to date, After The Party is not only the band’s strongest album lyrically, but their most upbeat, fun, and catchy record yet.

52.

Anathema - Weather Systems
April 16, 2012
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

51.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
88
32 reviews

Deciphering the message in her words relies on just how much time the listener is willing to devote to the album, but with music this brilliant, the task seems all the more alluring.

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