Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2010

Tiny Mix Tapes' Favorite 50 Albums of 2010

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50.

Sun Araw - On Patrol
May 18, 2010
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

49.

Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself
February 23, 2010
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

48.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

Although some moments trend toward a slightly more palatable sound, Everything In Between pulls in the opposite direction too.

47.

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

Grinderman 2 goes a long way towards solidifying this four-man Bad Seeds mash-up as a distinctive musical act, even as it brings them closer to their parent band’s wheelhouse.

44.

The Magnetic Fields - Realism
January 26, 2010
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

42.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
88
37 reviews

Arcade Fire’s seven members resemble an archetypal family. They grew up — on record, anyway — in the bittersweet nostalgia of small neighborhoods, remembering the bedrooms of their parents and the bedrooms of their friends; moved on to the bright lights of histrionic cities, trying to avoid it when the planes hit the ground; and now, migrated to the suburbs. (Where else does one go after producing Neon Bible, one of the decade’s more somber statements on existence?) But far from a comforting escape from all that came before, Arcade Fire’s suburbia is a lot like Cheever’s: menacing, shadowing the depression of lost innocence and the paranoia of adulthood behind a pretty white picket fence.

40.

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

Thematically and atmospherically, it is even more successful than The Crying Light, achieving its cohesiveness with an even wider stylistic palette.

38.

October 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

36.

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

34.

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

High Violet isn’t simply The National’s best album; it’s already one of the strongest album of this young decade and will likely continue to be, even in another nine years from now.

33.

Kemialliset Ystävät - Ullakkopalo
August 17, 2010
Critic Score
70
7 reviews

31.

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.

30.

Sam Prekop - Old Punch Card
September 7, 2010
Critic Score
68
6 reviews

28.

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
77
28 reviews

The whole album is a gorgeous mess, and you’ll immediately want to be dragged through it all over again.

26.

October 5, 2010
Critic Score
80
17 reviews

If anything, the album proves beyond a doubt that Stern must be regarded as that: a songwriter, not only a technical genius.

22.

Kurt Weisman - Orange
January 30, 2010
Critic Score
80
1 review

21.

March 2, 2010
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

20.

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

19.

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

The whole set is energetic but not exhausting, stopping along the road to breathe and cleanse the palate.

16.

October 10, 2010
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

16.

May 31, 2010
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

14.

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.

10.

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

Fantasy is hardly as difficult or artsy as it wants to think it is, but its emotional complexity more than compensates for bulging song lengths and near-constant pomposity.

9.

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.

8.

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

The problem with trying to quantify Emeralds is that potential descriptors of the group veer into the utterly formless. "Drone" and "hypnagogia" are en vogue terms that fail to summarize and completely locate the group within a movement. In some ways, definitive terms have almost become toxic. Once something is defined, it's doomed. While it's tempting to throw around terms like this, they ultimately feel disingenuous and exclusionary. Sadly its the critics' terminal plight to try to define movements, therefore containing them, suffocating them. Maybe in this specific context, I should leave the problem of defining Emeralds' sound to my iTunes; the genre tag it gave to Does It Look Like I'm Here? was simply "data."

7.

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

6.

June 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Lopatin dissects elements of sound and arranges them into new magickal sigils, making Returnal not just a collection of tracks but an indivisible and cohesive whole, held in place this time not by grids and zones but by atmospheres and plumes. 

4.

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

3.

September 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
22 reviews

My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope To the Sky, from the title’s evocation of righteous death on down to its suffusion with keening strings and other touches of sonic Americana, is an attempt to come to terms with the dark heart of history, with that ultimate question: if we are born into crime and monstrous darkness, how do we become more than that past?

1.

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