Uncut's 50 Best Albums of 2010

49.

Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir Skinni
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

48.

August 23, 2010
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

47.

October 5, 2010
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

45.

February 2, 2010
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

40.

Trembling Bells - Abandoned Love
May 11, 2010
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

39.

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
37 reviews

Odd Blood comes a cropper at times, but mostly this is an involving album of vivid weirdo pop.

36.

The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever
May 4, 2010
Critic Score
75
32 reviews

It's the natural, assured way in which Heaven Is Whenever moves between building on past glories and breaking fresh ground that's so impressive.

35.

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
80
24 reviews
That it so compellingly rescues a cache of unforgettable songs and signals the unlikeliest of artistic revivals, must rank it among rock's most trascendent tales.

33.

September 13, 2010
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

31.

Richard Thompson - Dream Attic
August 31, 2010
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

30.

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
85
35 reviews
Woozy, off-track beats blend with video game blips and organic strings, harp and sax, while a cameo from Thom Yorke is woven neatly into this lush, psychedelic fabric.

29.

AfroCubism - AfroCubism
October 11, 2010
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

26.

Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust
August 3, 2010
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

Tin Can Trust is a masterful album from an undeniably great American band, at the peak of its considerable powerers.

24.

Alasdair Roberts & Friends - Too Long in This Condition
June 29, 2010
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

23.

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

Shadows is full of drowsy sweetness and mellow doubt: the sound of a great group ageing gracefully.

22.

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

18.

March 3, 2010
Critic Score
82
40 reviews
It displays a sonic ambition, an openmindedness and a melodic gift that puts so much modern pop to shame.

15.

February 16, 2010
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
The Brewis brothers may be at odds with the modern world, but in this stunningly realised double album, they've created the ultimate sanctuary.

14.

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
84
37 reviews

At the peak moments of High Violet, The National are magnificent.

12.

January 18, 2010
Critic Score
83
29 reviews

Difficult to pin down, Hidden is even harder to forget.

11.

March 16, 2010
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

The Big To-Do, it's pleasing to report, rocks as hard and loud as anything they've previously done.

10.

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

9.

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
83
38 reviews
If this is indeed, as rumoured, LCD's final bout, it finds them a little heavy and tired, but occasionally deceptively light on their feet.

8.

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

5.

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

4.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
88
43 reviews

If Funeral was organic, and Neon Bible was force-fed, The Suburbs makes do with being merely delicious. (And a little wistful, wounded, and wise.)

3.

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
Wake Up The Nation, an album that goes a long way to differentiate itself from its predecessor in sound, texture and atmosphere.

2.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
74
28 reviews
The guitar sounds engineered here by Young and Lanois are astonishing, almost terrifying at times in their elemental beauty.

1.

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
85
34 reviews

To devotees ... it sounds very much like a second masterpiece: a different kind of epic to "Ys," and one with enough hooks and charms to ensnare at least a few Newsom agnostics.

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