The Best Albums of 2010


1. Kvelertak – Kvelertak


2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today


3. Carbon Based Lifeforms – Interloper


4. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini


5. The Black Crowes – Croweology


6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


7. Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me


8. Scissor Sisters – Night Work


9. Alcest – Γ‰cailles de lune


10. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma


11. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


12. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt


13. Misery Index – Heirs to Thievery


14. Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time


15. Grinderman – Grinderman 2


16. The National – High Violet


17. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz


18. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest


19. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh


20. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here


21. Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can


22. Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit


23. Janelle MonΓ‘e – The ArchAndroid


24. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky


25. Oceansize – Self Preserved While the Bodies Float Up

2 Replies to “The Best Albums of 2010”

  1. I am extremely intrigued by this list! I have never HEARD of the #1 or #3 records BEFORE TODAY was one of my favorite albums in years. Definitely swept the #1 spot last year for me. Is that #1 album a metal album? The artwork looks like it’s by the guy who does Baroness/Pig Destroyer… I am going to check out both your #1 and #3 records. Have you heard of GHOST yet? Their debut is my favorite album this year so far… they’re on Metal Blade Records…

  2. Glad you were intrigued! Kvelertak are indeed a metal band, a particularly unique Norwegian metal/punk blend that puts a massive smile on my face… I thought the number one spot going to BEFORE TODAY was a foregone conclusion for most of the year but in the end it was largely a tossup between the two!
    Carbon Based Lifeforms are an ambient electronic group (might just be a duo, not sure) that had two promising if not exactly earth-shattering previous records – but I loved INTERLOPER! Cerebral, dreamy… It’s my favorite thing to come along in ambient since BT’s THIS BINARY UNIVERSE in 2006…
    Personally I love Ghost’s debut! I live in Minneapolis and I’m quite excited as 2 bands on this list are sharing a bill with them at a show this fall: Enslaved and Alcest! Quite the triple threat!

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