No Ripcord's Top 50 Albums of 2010

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49.

November 2, 2009
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

48.

Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart
September 14, 2010
Critic Score
70
25 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.

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

45.

April 20, 2010
Critic Score
81
29 reviews

44.

July 20, 2010
Critic Score
78
21 reviews

42.

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.

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.

October 26, 2010
Critic Score
77
31 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.

July 27, 2010
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

38.

February 9, 2010
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

37.

September 14, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

36.

May 11, 2010
Critic Score
82
33 reviews

35.

January 12, 2010
Critic Score
81
18 reviews

33.

March 23, 2010
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

29.

November 5, 2010
Critic Score
82
28 reviews

28.

January 11, 2010
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

27.

June 22, 2010
Critic Score
81
22 reviews

26.

June 8, 2010
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

24.

October 12, 2010
Critic Score
73
29 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.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

22.

July 27, 2010
Critic Score
75
26 reviews

21.

January 19, 2010
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

19.

March 3, 2010
Critic Score
81
35 reviews

18.

September 21, 2010
Critic Score
82
22 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.

February 23, 2010
Critic Score
85
29 reviews

16.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
76
26 reviews

15.

May 4, 2010
Critic Score
85
33 reviews

14.

January 26, 2010
Critic Score
82
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.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
80
25 reviews

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

11.

April 27, 2010
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

5.

September 28, 2010
Critic Score
84
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.

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.

November 22, 2010
Critic Score
91
40 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.

August 3, 2010
Critic Score
88
37 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.

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.

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