The Best Albums of 2010


1. KvelertakKvelertak


2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today


3. Carbon Based LifeformsInterloper


4. EnslavedAxioma Ethica Odini


5. The Black CrowesCroweology


6. Arcade FireThe Suburbs


7. Joanna NewsomHave One on Me


8. Scissor SistersNight Work


9. AlcestÉcailles de lune


10. Flying LotusCosmogramma


11. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


12. The Tallest Man on EarthThe Wild Hunt


13. Misery IndexHeirs to Thievery


14. Blind GuardianAt the Edge of Time


15. GrindermanGrinderman 2


16. The NationalHigh Violet


17. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz


18. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest


19. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh


20. Gil Scott-HeronI’m New Here


21. Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can


22. AgallochMarrow of the Spirit


23. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid


24. SwansMy Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky


25. OceansizeSelf Preserved While the Bodies Float Up

2 Responses

  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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