No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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49. Local Natives - Gorilla Manor

November 2, 2009
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

48. Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
69
23 reviews

Bands like Black Mountain seem very rare, ably and willingly carrying on those wayward sons still in love with arena swagger and hit-making persuasion. Queens of the Stone Age aided in filling that void for a while, celebrating avant-garde manipulations of the 70s rock paradigm, but with Black Mountain the Sabbath-inspired edge gleams so brightly it’s blinding, at least this time around.

46. Yeasayer - Odd Blood

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

45. Caribou - Swim

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

44. The Books - The Way Out

July 20, 2010
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

42. Girl Talk - All Day

November 15, 2010
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

The album is incredibly smoothly constructed, and as I said before, the songs almost never disagree or sound messy.

41. Abe Vigoda - Crush

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
71
15 reviews

Even if an abundance of programming tools are on hand, all the delectable qualities that defined the band since their beginnings are still intact.

40. Warpaint - The Fool

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
78
30 reviews

The Fool flows like a dramatic mood piece – it sustains a homogeneous sound from beginning to end, casually changing course when it begins to drain itself out.

39. Menomena - Mines

July 27, 2010
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

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

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

37. Grinderman - Grinderman 2

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
21 reviews

36. Sleigh Bells - Treats

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
32 reviews

35. Owen Pallett - Heartland

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

33. Autechre - Oversteps

March 23, 2010
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

29. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer

November 9, 2010
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

28. Vampire Weekend - Contra

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
79
33 reviews

27. The Roots - How I Got Over

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

26. Suckers - Wild Smile

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

24. Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

Write About Love may not be a great leap forward for Belle and Sebastian, but it’s such an enjoyable record it’s difficult to hold it against them.

23. Twin Shadow - Forget

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

22. Best Coast - Crazy for You

July 27, 2010
Critic Score
75
25 reviews

21. Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
75
19 reviews

19. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

March 9, 2010
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

18. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

September 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
21 reviews

Part mind numbing, part infuriating, part stimulating and always worth discussion, Swans remain a significant force in underground and independent music and this new album sees the No Wave merge with the compositionally avant-garde.

17. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
84
28 reviews

16. Wavves - King of the Beach

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

15. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

14. Beach House - Teen Dream

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
81
30 reviews

Even if there’s that wistful, pastoral-like imagery to their sound, much of the tracks stray to their own beats, in desperate search of distinction. Instead of modest waltzes and looped drum machines, there’s an evident maturity in the way the production unveils itself as richer and far more multifaceted.

12. No Age - Everything in Between

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

They’ve evolved in a completely logical direction in ways that are pleasantly surprising but never jarring.

11. Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo

April 27, 2010
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

5. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
83
32 reviews

Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it’s finished there’s nothing better to do than play it again.

4. The National - High Violet

May 10, 2010
Critic Score
85
30 reviews

The National’s latest is easily up there with the very best indie-rock records of the year.

3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
38 reviews

Kanye West’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a sprawling, ambitious, orchestral fuck-you of an album, and he wants you to know it.

2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
89
35 reviews

They’ve spent most of the decade shouting to be heard, but now they are content to let the music and the message flower and take root.  You might think they are just tired, but their nervous energy survives intact.

1. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

May 18, 2010
Critic Score
85
31 reviews

Wearing his love for Bowie on his sleeve for all to see serves him well - this album is the most lyrically focused LCD outing and the most uncompromising, with most songs breaking the six minute mark and a few breaking nine. It’s not just a great dance album; it’s a great pop album.

Original Source: http://www.noripcord.com/features/top-50-albums-2010-part-one
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