FACT Magazine's 100 Best Albums 2010-2014

FACT Magazine's 100 Best Albums 2010-2014

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100.

Cooly G - Playin' Me
July 24, 2012
Critic Score
80
15 reviews

99.

Frank (Just Frank) - The Brutal Wave
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
52
3 reviews

98.

Moodymann - Moodymann
January 20, 2014
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

97.

Earl Sweatshirt - EARL
March 31, 2010
Critic Score
83
1 review

96.

Mr. Mitch - Parallel Memories
December 2, 2014
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

95.

Juju & Jordash - Techno Primitivism
October 1, 2012
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

93.

Cliff Martinez - Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
October 11, 2011
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

92.

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
June 28, 2011
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

88.

Lawrence English - Wilderness of Mirrors
July 29, 2014
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

Drone albums are by their nature immersive, but it’s rare to come across one so tempestuous, evocative and compelling from start to finish as Wilderness of Mirrors.

85.

Chief Keef - Back from the Dead
March 12, 2012
Critic Score
79
1 review

84.

The Bug - Angels and Devils
August 25, 2014
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

83.

Omar S - Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
March 25, 2013
Critic Score
68
3 reviews

82.

KA - The Night's Gambit
July 13, 2013
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

Hurt but all the wiser for it, Ka uses the conceit of chess to tie together this document of his journey from hard-as-nails thug to saved rapper.

81.

How to Dress Well - Love Remains
October 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

79.

Juicy J & Lex Luger - Rubba Band Business 2
May 2, 2011
Critic Score
60
1 review

78.

Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
October 14, 2014
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

76.

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
January 31, 2012
Critic Score
62
36 reviews

I can’t think of an album since My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy that was this big and sounded this good.

75.

Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
October 1, 2013
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Strangely for an album so heavily peopled with voices (none of them identifiably Lopatin’s), R Plus Seven feels isolated and eerily post-human. Musically it may be Oneohtrix Point Never’s most accessible work yet, but the emotional pull it exerts is minimal.

74.

Dirty Beaches - Badlands
March 29, 2011
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

73.

Danny Brown - XXX
August 15, 2011
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

XXX might just represent the most polished and fully formed manifestation of street-meets-art rap so far.

70.

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
September 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
22 reviews
At all points it sounds exactly like Michael Gira, and just like Swans, but never sounds like any already-existing Swans record. Comebacks shouldn’t be this good, this confident. They certainly never sound this fresh.

69.

Laurel Halo - Hour Logic
June 21, 2011
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

68.

Popcaan - Where We Come From
June 10, 2014
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

67.

Zola Jesus - Stridulum II
August 23, 2010
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

66.

Kelela - Cut 4 Me
October 1, 2013
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

From the evocative title on down, there is nothing about Cut 4 Me that doesn’t challenge the listener’s expectations of what R&B can be in 2013 and beyond.

65.

Mara Carlyle - Floreat
September 5, 2011
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

64.

Young Thug - 1017 Thug
February 23, 2013
Critic Score
74
1 review

62.

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

It’s one of the grandest hip-hop records of all time ... full of vocoder, guitar, narration and overheard betrayals, and it’s frequently torn between whether it wants to be a rugged, raw rap record or a grandiose pop opera. 

61.

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
June 19, 2012
Critic Score
87
29 reviews

The Idler Wheel… is her most adult work yet, a record that’s underpinned by the fundamental grown-up characteristic of embracing one’s own ridiculous, stubborn dysfunction because, Hell, what other option is there?

59.

Silent Servant - Negative Fascination
October 30, 2012
Critic Score
84
2 reviews

56.

Mica Levi - Under the Skin
March 17, 2014
Critic Score
85
5 reviews

55.

A$AP Rocky - Live. Love. A$AP
October 31, 2011
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

53.

Drake - Take Care
November 15, 2011
Critic Score
77
30 reviews
It constantly toes the line between cool and cornball, between magnificent and mawkish, between sensational and schmaltzy, but it’s all pulled together by Drake’s inimitable personality and the genius of his producer.

52.

T++ - Wireless
April 16, 2010
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
Original Source: http://www.factmag.com/2014/11/03/the-100-best-albums-of-the-decade-so-far/
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