Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2010

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49. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

48. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

November 2, 2009
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

47. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

46. The Black Keys - Brothers

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

45. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

42. Wavves - King of the Beach

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

41. Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown

Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
March 9, 2010
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

39. Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature

Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

36. Spoon - Transference

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

35. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

34. Girl Talk - All Day

November 15, 2010
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

31. The Roots - How I Got Over

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

30. She & Him - Volume Two

She & Him - Volume Two
March 23, 2010
Critic Score
69
16 reviews

29. Freelance Whales - Weathervanes

Freelance Whales - Weathervanes
April 13, 2010
Critic Score
64
17 reviews

27. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

Contra opener “Horchata” displays a caliber of pop songcraft and melodic intuition that gives The Shins’ James Mercer a run for his harmony, and the feathery lightness of lead singer Ezra Koenig’s voice allows him to indulge fluttering melodies that would sink under the weight of more overbearing pipes.

26. Lissie - Catching a Tiger

August 17, 2010
Critic Score
66
10 reviews

24. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Dream is a go-for-broke collection that not only creates and sustains a hi-fi drowse-pop drama throughout its 10 beguiling songs, but comes across like a logical and gorgeous extension of all the band’s previous dreams.

23. Laura Veirs - July Flame

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

21. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

20. Suckers - Wild Smile

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

19. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

18. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

November 9, 2010
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

17. Jónsi - Go

April 6, 2010
Critic Score
80
27 reviews

16. Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

12. Bruce Springsteen - The Promise

November 16, 2010
Critic Score
86
12 reviews

11. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

Though High Violet lacks the front-to-back consistency that made Boxer such an unmitigated revelation, the new album’s peaks absolutely rival Boxer’s best tracks.

7. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
35 reviews

Swelling at 16 songs and an hour-plus runtime, it’s Arcade Fire’s most ambitious and concept-driven effort to date.

6. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

In its many contradictions, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—perhaps this century’s definitive portrait of torment, vanity, self-delusion, and pathos—has given way to stirring new possibilities.

3. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

October 2, 2009
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Murphy and his crew are fully committed to this album. There’s a remarkable sustained energy to this collection; its electronic textures thrum and shimmy, and wall after sonic wall is built up and torn down with impeccable precision.

Original Source: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2010/12/the-50-best-albums-of-2010
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