Drowned in Sound's Albums of The Year 2010

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49. No Age - Everything in Between

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Everything In Between is undoubtedly a step onward from its predecessors – it’s more developed in every way, though admittedly lacks a little of the sheer raw bite that made Weirdo Rippers in particular so exhilarating.

46. Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

45. Broken Bells - Broken Bells

March 9, 2010
Critic Score
70
23 reviews

As musical collaborations go, the one embarked upon by James Mercer, mercurial singer/songwriter with esteemed Portlanders The Shins, and Brian Burton, better known as producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse, has to go down as one of the most unlikely. While perhaps not in the sublime bracket of ridiculousness inhabited by Burt Bacharach's mutual love-in with Elvis Costello and Dr Dre that reared 2005's ill-advised At This Time or Bing Crosby and David Bowie uttering Christmas carols to one another, it certainly set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons late last year when Mercer announced Broken Bells was a fully projected work in progress and an album would be imminent.

42. Janelle Monáe - The ArchAndroid

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
86
25 reviews

It may not seem restrained, but trust when I say that nothing less than a dissertation or thesis will suffice for such a mind-bogglingly massive album.

39. Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Whatever angle you examine it from, Lucky Shiner is an impressive statement, especially for a debut, and when Gold Panda lets the house beat sink into the background and experiments a little more with space and structure the results are gorgeous.

36. Richard Skelton - Landings

Richard Skelton - Landings
January 19, 2010
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

34. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
83
25 reviews

33. Foals - Total Life Forever

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

Where Antidotes had blitzkriegs, Total Life Forever has drawn-out hypnoses; where Antidotes was furious and muscular and destructive, Total Life Forever is quiet and sinister and inconsolable.

30. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
30 reviews

Yet I think conversely it’s Cox’s inability to totally connect to an audience that makes him such a spectacularly special songwriter.

29. Max Richter - Infra

July 20, 2010
Critic Score
79
14 reviews

Infra was originally conceived as a 25-minute score for a Royal Ballet collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie which premiered in November 2008 and was also broadcast on BBC2. Fleshed out to just over 40 minutes through the inclusion of outtakes and extended sections, the soundtrack was recently revisited and recorded by Richter and a string quintet with a view to documenting the ballet and giving the musical accompaniment a life of its own. Unsurprisingly, he achieves this and more with his fourth studio album on FatCat's classical imprint 130701, further solidifying his reputation as one of Britain's most versatile and identifiable classical voices.

28. White Hinterland - Kairos

White Hinterland - Kairos
March 9, 2010
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

23. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

June 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
10 reviews

Both beautiful and terrible at once, Returnal is the aural equivalent of a scuba dive in the open ocean.

21. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
86
28 reviews

Cosmogramma is dense and devotional, Ellison piloting his craft into the fading slipstream of his aunt Alice Coltrane’s cosmic strain of jazz.

20. Kelis - Flesh Tone

Kelis - Flesh Tone
July 6, 2010
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

19. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

18. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles

May 25, 2010
Critic Score
73
21 reviews

It’s pretty good, but as with any punks gone pro, Crystal Castles have lost something – attitude, fire, aggression, danger; the usual stuff.

17. Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

16. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
36 reviews

For rap fans it's both a testament to the versatility of the genre and Kanye's own brilliance that he can make something so refreshingly different which still fits comfortably in the rap canon.

13. Weezer - Hurley

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
64
24 reviews

Those who optimistically purchased Make Believe and Raditude will know that a good first single does not a great Weezer album make, but Hurley is packed solid, with a sense of fun and good-time melodies cropping up at every juncture.

11. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
34 reviews

A few nights ago, I decided that it would be a brilliant idea to write my review of Arcade Fire’s third album in real time. I would allot myself its not inconsiderable running length to bash out this article, whilst also, crucially, knocking back a finger of beer for each mention of “the kids” or “the suburbs” in Win Butler’s lyrics.

10. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

The Age of Adz is not an unqualified success; occasionally it does feel like a little too much, and until the dust has settled it is difficult to say where it will sit in his discography as a whole.

9. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

If Sound of Silver was the sound of someone reaching far enough to make something just plain great, then This is Happening is the sound of a man with great taste who really understands music, making dumb body music with hidden depths if anyone cares to investigate.

8. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
29 reviews

7. Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago

Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
February 23, 2010
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

If you’ve visited Shearwater’s website over the last couple of months, you’ll have been greeted by an arresting, scratchily-filmed series of images – of mist over mountains, damaged flags and roiling sea-waters; of travel journals and captains’ logs, bloodied bird carcasses and satellite grabs. It’s all part of the story.

4. Perfume Genius - Learning

June 21, 2010
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

Learning is a ... bruised and suggestive affair; of catharsis and rare, redemptive beauty, which ranks as one of the most uniquely endearing and quietly forceful debut albums of recent years.

2. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

It is a wild, vivid romance that The National make their own, and on High Violet it sounds just as striking, just as wild, just as vivid as ever.

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