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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

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

99. Beirut - No No No

Beirut - No No No
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
64
19 reviews

98. Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature

Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
April 6, 2010
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

96. Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers

Hayes Carll - Lovers and Leavers
April 8, 2016
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

95. Loney Dear - Loney, Noir

Loney Dear - Loney, Noir
February 6, 2007
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

94. Hem - Rabbit Songs

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

93. Middle Brother - Middle Brother

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

92. Typhoon - White Lighter

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

91. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

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

90. Palehound - Dry Food

Palehound - Dry Food
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
74
9 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

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
74
20 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

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

87. Feist - Let It Die

Feist - Let It Die
May 18, 2004
Critic Score
86
7 reviews

86. Lord Huron - Strange Trails

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

85. Johnny Flynn - A Larum

Johnny Flynn - A Larum
July 29, 2008
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

84. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness
February 18, 2014
Critic Score
81
31 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

Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
June 7, 2011
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

82. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
75
11 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

Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
February 21, 2012
Critic Score
79
16 reviews

80. The Lone Bellow - The Lone Bellow

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

79. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

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

78. Neko Case - Blacklisted

Neko Case - Blacklisted
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

77. Bill Callahan - Dream River

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

76. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
September 3, 2013
Critic Score
78
21 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

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

73. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal

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

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
February 7, 2012
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

70. The Lumineers - The Lumineers

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

69. Rosie Thomas - When We Were Small

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

67. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
March 6, 2012
Critic Score
79
25 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

The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
February 1, 2011
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

65. Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean

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

64. Califone - Roots & Crowns

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

63. Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown

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

62. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow

Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

58. 16 Horsepower - Folklore

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

57. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
April 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
33 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

She & Him - Volume Two
March 23, 2010
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

55. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
88
34 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

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

53. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
86
30 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

Beirut - The Rip Tide
August 30, 2011
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/the-best-indie-folk-albums-1.html
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