Paste's 100 Best Indie Folk Albums of All Time

Paste's 100 Best Indie Folk Albums of All Time

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100.

Stornoway - Beachcomber's Windowsill
August 10, 2010
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

99.

Beirut - No No No
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
65
23 reviews

98.

Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

96.

Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers
April 8, 2016
Critic Score
65
4 reviews

95.

Loney Dear - Loney, Noir
February 6, 2007
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

94.

Hem - Rabbit Songs
January 15, 2001
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

93.

Middle Brother - Middle Brother
March 1, 2011
Critic Score
73
8 reviews

92.

Typhoon - White Lighter
August 20, 2013
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

91.

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

90.

Palehound - Dry Food
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
74
10 reviews

On Dry Food’s eight heartbreaking observations, she teeters between aching insecurity and crushing tenderness, rarely allowing sunlight to peak through the clouds.

89.

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
74
22 reviews

It’s an artistic success as a literary exercise, and as a wrestling fan it’s hugely gratifying to see a serious artist that I’ve enjoyed for decades take wrestling seriously.

88.

Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
May 4, 2010
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

87.

Feist - Let It Die
May 18, 2004
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

86.

Lord Huron - Strange Trails
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

85.

Johnny Flynn - A Larum
July 29, 2008
Critic Score
79
10 reviews

84.

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
33 reviews

Olsen shares graciously in her music, and if you are willing, Burn a Fire for No Witness will change your world. Or, actually, it will change how you see your world.

83.

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

82.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

A Man Alive is an endearing listen and has all of the elements of a complete work—even pop-centric singles in “Astonished Man” and “Nobody Dies.”

81.

Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
February 21, 2012
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

80.

The Lone Bellow - The Lone Bellow
January 22, 2013
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

79.

First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
January 24, 2012
Critic Score
75
21 reviews

78.

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
83
6 reviews

77.

Bill Callahan - Dream River
September 17, 2013
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

76.

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
September 3, 2013
Critic Score
77
22 reviews

Sheff has succeeded in capturing a specific time and place. It puts you in his world and lets you feel a time when things felt new, with all of the potential and promise that life held before it reared its ugly head. 

75.

Frank Turner - Poetry of the Deed
September 8, 2009
Critic Score
68
8 reviews

73.

Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal
April 3, 2012
Critic Score
74
11 reviews

Even with a few skipable tracks, though, Of Monsters and Men bring an Icelandic exoticism and captivating energy to U.S. audiences on My Head is an Animal.

71.

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Critic Score
81
31 reviews

70.

The Lumineers - The Lumineers
April 3, 2012
Critic Score
65
5 reviews

69.

Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small
January 22, 2001
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

67.

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
March 6, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Above all, Andrew Bird is a highly skilled musician capable of crafting an album full of delightful little moments that make the album worth a fair listen, and more.

66.

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
February 1, 2011
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

65.

Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
January 25, 2011
Critic Score
79
34 reviews

64.

Califone - Roots & Crowns
October 10, 2006
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

63.

Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
March 9, 2010
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

62.

Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

58.

16 Horsepower - Folklore
August 6, 2002
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

57.

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Critic Score
82
35 reviews

On Daze, Vile’s amorphous, ambient drones continue to solidify into sharp shapes with defined edges. While he was always a contemplative songwriter, Vile’s lyrics are now more ponderous and worldly rather than navel-gazing. 

56.

She & Him - Volume Two
March 23, 2010
Critic Score
69
16 reviews

55.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
41 reviews

Honeybear thrives on the knife’s edge of that enigmatic split personality, as he attempts to reconcile the love-swept optimist with the world-weary wise-ass.

54.

Julie Miller - Broken Things
August 17, 1999
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

53.

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
33 reviews

Veckatimest sounds like the final product of a meticulous and exacting evolutionary process—one that has added depth and color to their swooning chamber pop arrangements, crispness to their intricate rhythms and intensity to their careful performances.

51.

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Critic Score
75
27 reviews
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