American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2010

American Songwriter's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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50. Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises

Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
July 13, 2010
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

48. Lissie - Catching a Tiger

August 17, 2010
Critic Score
66
10 reviews

47. Javelin - No Mas

Javelin - No Mas
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
66
12 reviews

45. The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

44. Ty Segall - Melted

May 25, 2010
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

43. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

42. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

November 2, 2009
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

41. Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River

Jim Lauderdale - Patchwork River
May 11, 2010
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

40. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

With their third full-length effort, Beach House forces the listener to re-examine pop music status quo while taking another giant stride as a band.

39. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

38. Chromeo - Business Casual

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
68
15 reviews

37. Oh Sees - Warm Slime

Oh Sees - Warm Slime
May 11, 2010
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

36. Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now

Jenny and Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
August 31, 2010
Critic Score
68
13 reviews

33. Mount Eerie - Song Islands Vol. 2

Mount Eerie - Song Islands Vol. 2
October 4, 2010
Critic Score
62
3 reviews

32. Johnny Flynn - Been Listening

Johnny Flynn - Been Listening
June 7, 2010
Critic Score
72
8 reviews

31. William Tyler - Behold The Spirit

William Tyler - Behold The Spirit
November 22, 2010
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

30. Warpaint - The Fool

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

28. Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett

Damien Jurado - Saint Bartlett
May 25, 2010
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

26. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

Far more than a companion piece of leftover ideas, the album is light, musically savvy and, for the most part, pulls off a thick dose of shamelessly sunny pop across all of its 10 tracks.

25. Midlake - The Courage of Others

February 2, 2010
Critic Score
71
24 reviews

23. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
15 reviews

22. Junip - Fields

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
68
11 reviews

19. Kings of Leon - Come Around Sundown

October 19, 2010
Critic Score
59
22 reviews

18. Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1

Old 97's - The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1
October 12, 2010
Critic Score
71
8 reviews

17. Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give

Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give
September 21, 2010
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

15. Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic

Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic
June 15, 2010
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

14. Elvis Costello - National Ransom

Elvis Costello - National Ransom
November 2, 2010
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

13. Elizabeth Cook - Welder

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

12. Taylor Swift - Speak Now

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

11. MGMT - Congratulations

April 13, 2010
Critic Score
68
26 reviews

MGMT plots a strange course for their listeners with Congratulations, but the material here often exceeds that of the band’s initial full-length.

10. Laura Veirs - July Flame

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

9. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
35 reviews

The Suburbs offers plenty of the dense and stately keyboard-heavy pop that fans of the band have come to expect, with some much-appreciated frothier moments, but a melancholy theme of reluctant adulthood, or resistance to change, runs through even the more lightweight numbers.

8. Neil Young - Le Noise

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

6. Robert Plant - Band of Joy

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
83
15 reviews

5. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

The fact that these guys can expand their sound and still feel entirely comfortable in their own specific framework, much less top themselves a second time around, is proof enough that Yeasayer are one of the best at what they do.

4. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
91
6 reviews

2. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

February 16, 2010
Critic Score
71
16 reviews

1. The Black Keys - Brothers

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
78
25 reviews
Original Source: http://www.americansongwriter.com/2010/12/american-songwriters-top-50-albums-of-2010/
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