Consequence's Top 75 Albums of the Last 15 Years

Consequence's Top 75 Albums of the Last 15 Years

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75.

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
43 reviews
The 11-song album is more “drama” in the screenplay sense than anything else, probably because as Frank Ocean is for R&B, Lorde aspires to be pop’s poet laureate more than anything else.

74.

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
33 reviews

The boys of Animal Collective have mapped out some previously uncharted waters, producing a style of music that could belong to no one else; a distinctive, flawless fusion of the semi- automated and the wholly organic. 

73.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
November 8, 2011
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

Replica catches Lopatin at the peak of his powers, realizing his esoteric vision with a newfound brazenness

72.

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Critic Score
63
38 reviews

Listening to Born To Die is like watching a movie billed as a comedy and discovering that the only funny scenes are in the previews

71.

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
Critic Score
70
37 reviews

Anti takes risks and disregards convention in a way that only a true superstar like Rihanna could pull off.

70.

Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
June 4, 2021
Critic Score
86
27 reviews

69.

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy
April 6, 2018
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

On Invasion of Privacy, she breezes past the challenge of a highly anticipated debut by making one of the most exciting rap albums in years.

68.

Big Thief - Capacity
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

Capacity, the swift follow-up, also no doubt contains ideas that Lenker has had on the back burner for years, but while it shares much with Masterpiece in terms of her carefully detailed excavation of the past and her band’s instrumentation, it has its own urgent stories to tell.

67.

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

Emotion rolls out banger after banger, all while sustaining a remarkable level of complexity and compassion for everyone in Jepsen’s solar system.

66.

Angel Haze - Reservation
July 18, 2012
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

65.

Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud
March 27, 2020
Critic Score
84
36 reviews

She embraces the messiness of growing up and taking responsibility for one’s actions and composes the apex of everything she’s accomplished thus far. Saint Cloud offers us the best possible version of Crutchfield she could possibly give us.

64.

Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
October 28, 2014
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

An album like RTJ2 is rare. Decades from now, this album may just be revered as one of the best hip-hop records of our era, the total synchronicity of two talented artists reaching the apex of their prime.

63.

HAIM - Days Are Gone
September 30, 2013
Critic Score
76
36 reviews

What separates the coven of sisters from their UK contemporaries, however, is that their debut doesn’t define them explicitly. It balances expectations with mystery, aligning their identity with a roulette of vantage points.

62.

Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

By closing the door on the philosophies and musical approaches he used to take, Tyler discovers an open window, leading him to new, peaceful strength and mastery of his craft.

61.

Harry Styles - Fine Line
December 13, 2019
Critic Score
73
26 reviews

Styles is a more confident and precise songwriter on Fine Line than on his debut, even if the progress is incremental rather than exponential.

60.

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
April 12, 2011
Critic Score
72
33 reviews

Wasting Light has cornered the kind of ideas that make up the best of the band’s catalog in an earnest attempt to go as big as possible, while staying relatively grounded.

59.

The xx - xx
August 17, 2009
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

In less than 40 minutes of music, The xx have managed to offer an unforgettable debut and an album that deserves recognition come time for 2009’s year-end lists.

58.

M.I.A. - Kala
August 21, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

57.

The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
85
42 reviews

The more you spin it, the more you wear out that thin needle of your record player, you realize that Granduciel is discovering the problems of his life, not figuring them out or even reflecting on them. This all makes for an album that truly sounds like it’s coming to life.

56.

Thundercat - Drunk
February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

If it sits well with him, it sits well with his listeners, and in that, Drunk is a record of R&B fusion that feels good from start to finish, masturbation jokes included.

55.

Kanye West - Yeezus
June 18, 2013
Critic Score
83
43 reviews

It’s an album for the books, one that indicates West’s hunger for exploration while always sounding like it could become extraordinarily popular, even for him. This is the level that things could be at.

54.

Deafheaven - Sunbather
June 11, 2013
Critic Score
89
23 reviews

Sunbather is a developed, mature, and, above all, an original statement that truly lives up to the unbelievable amount of hype it has earned.

53.

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
80
29 reviews

Whatever missteps there may be, Eilish’s commanding, yet vulnerable, performances easily overcome them to create one of the best debut albums of the young year.

52.

MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
October 2, 2007
Critic Score
72
17 reviews

51.

BTS - MAP OF THE SOUL : 7
February 21, 2020
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

BTS are both the world’s biggest and most interesting act in pop music right now: 7 solidifies this position and smartly looks towards the future.

50.

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
85
45 reviews
Lyrically and emotionally, it’s a scrapbook of those “lost” years, funneled through 10 essential tracks that all find her on steadier footing. Those feet are now on new terrain, but Van Etten ably strolls by the worn-out footprints of so many crooners who have previously stumbled or worn out their soles with such a departure.

49.

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
July 10, 2007
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

48.

Saba - CARE FOR ME
April 5, 2018
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

At 10 breezy tracks, Care for Me isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an honest-to-god album that develops ideas at its own pace.

47.

Mitski - Be the Cowboy
August 17, 2018
Critic Score
85
40 reviews

On a songwriting level, Mitski — already established as a top-tier songwriter — has outdone herself on Be the Cowboy. The album is full of constructions that are simple, bold, sharp, and generous. She wastes not a single second, every moment is intentional, every instrument employed for a purpose.

46.

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
27 reviews
Whether working in strands of hip-hop, house, funk, or whatever next might come to mind, there’s something inherently glowing about his beats. All those genres are jammed together into a single album, just like they are within Celestin; he finds joy and fun in them all, so why bother trying to deny any of it?

45.

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
March 3, 2010
Critic Score
82
38 reviews

SThe Gorillaz are hanging out on what looks like the coolest Play Mobile set of an island I have ever seen and have created a record that is just as amazing as the previous two.

44.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
March 31, 2009
Critic Score
80
29 reviews

43.

Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
June 23, 2017
Critic Score
87
27 reviews

On his new album, Big Fish Theory, Staples continues to perfect his brand of nuanced nihilism while exploring new sounds that should put the music industry on notice that the future is now.

42.

Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
August 24, 2010
Critic Score
57
19 reviews

41.

Behemoth - The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Critic Score
84
12 reviews

40.

Jay-Z - 4:44
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Even though it’s only 36 minutes long, 4:44 is the first JAY-Z album where you’re hanging on every single word from start to finish, because the words have about four times as many meanings as they did on any of his dozen solo albums prior.

39.

Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
June 18, 2020
Critic Score
88
43 reviews
A remarkable record that dazzles and beams with restless energy and twisted dream logic.

38.

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 12, 2007
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

37.

Beyoncé - Beyoncé
December 13, 2013
Critic Score
82
31 reviews

It trafficks specifically in lost arts like sequencing, pacing, and mastering. It’s not concerned with moving units. It’s concerned with Beyoncé’s self-exploration, in a complicated, incredibly intriguing way.

36.

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
March 9, 2010
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

35.

Florence + The Machine - Lungs
July 6, 2009
Critic Score
80
28 reviews

34.

Noname - Room 25
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
86
16 reviews

The pleasure of Room 25 is in hearing a master wordsmith turn words into feelings so that the feelings linger long after the words have stopped.

33.

Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
January 21, 2014
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Transgender Dysphoria Blues will be remembered as a milestone not because it’s the first widely known punk record performed by a trans woman, but because it brandishes a genre saturated by empty, male-centered politics to broadcast the most punk statements possible: Fuck the haters, be who you are, hold fast to those who love you.

32.

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
82
25 reviews

31.

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
43 reviews

Each song grows richer the more you explore its open space. Its minimalism breathes buckets of color. After one listen or 10, In Colour reflects brightly, a phenomenally poised and universally approachable solo debut.

30.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata
March 18, 2014
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

Madlib’s tricky blaxploitation production doesn’t only force Gibbs to push his abilities, but also gives him a space to explore a new perspective.

29.

St. Vincent - MASSEDUCTION
October 13, 2017
Critic Score
86
47 reviews

Yes, MASSEDUCTION is worthy of being treated like an event, but whether or not it tops her previous two excellent efforts is a little tougher to support.

28.

Bad Bunny - X 100PRE
December 24, 2018
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

27.

The National - High Violet
May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

They’ve taken some minor risks, tailored their sound, and emerged with a record that can stand confidently beside Boxer and Alligator, all without overdoing or losing any of its predecessors’ merits.

26.

Pusha T - Daytona
May 25, 2018
Critic Score
85
24 reviews
Only seven tracks long, coke rap’s poet laureate continues to amaze with age as he pontificates on the hustle and grind.
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