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

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

49. Xiu Xiu - Dear God, I Hate Myself

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

48. No Age - Everything in Between

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

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

47. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
21 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

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

42. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
35 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. Antony and the Johnsons - Swanlights

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

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

38. How to Dress Well - Love Remains

October 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

36. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

34. The National - High Violet

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

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

32. Liars - Sisterworld

March 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
25 reviews

31. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
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

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

28. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

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

26. Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern

October 5, 2010
Critic Score
79
16 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

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

21. Yellow Swans - Going Places

March 2, 2010
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

20. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

19. Four Tet - There Is Love in You

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. James Blake - Klavierwerke EP

October 10, 2010
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

16. James Blake - CMYK EP

May 31, 2010
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

14. Women - Public Strain

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. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
38 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. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
83
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. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
77
10 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. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

6. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

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. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

1. Zs - New Slaves

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