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Top 50 Albums of 2010 (50-31)

Stunning debuts, amazing follow-ups, thrilling returns – 2010 had it all, and the first twenty of our top fifty:
50 MiniBoone
Big Changes EP

Larger-than-life with energy to spare, lo-fi with no limits.
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49 Cee Lo Green
The Ladykiller

Mr. Gnarls Barkley brings the hooks and the skills on his solo debut.
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Cee Lo Green
48 Jonsi

The Sigur Rós frontman shows he has plenty to offer on his own with a shimmering, effervescent collection of hyper-organic pop.
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47 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
I Learned the Hard Way

‘Neo-soul’ minus the ‘neo-’, the Daptone sound has transcended homage, revival, parody, and sub-categorization.
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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
46 DOM
Sun Bronzed Greek Gods

Über-rising young outfit cross genres as they do it their way.
45 Sia
We Are Born

Soars with soulfulness, singing like pop music is going out of style.
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44 James
The Night Before The Morning After

A welcome return of a band that you didn’t appreciate enough first time ‘round.
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43 Crocodiles
Sleep Forever

Krautrock refines seventies power in this most striking of beasts.
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41 Washed Out
Life of Leisure

Ernest Greene pushes the confines of electronic music while never getting too far out of reach.
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Washed Out
41 Liars

The most accessible record yet by this most inaccessible of bands.
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40 Shout Out Louds

Swedish indie-pop reaches new heights of accomplishment.
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39 No Age
Everything In Between

The guitar-and-drums duo that revived the indie guitar-and-drums duo returns.
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No Age
38 Los Campesinos!
Romance Is Boring

“Twee as fuck” young indie-collective is maturing without losing their spark.
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Los Campesinos!
37 The New Pornographers

By stripping down to their power-pop essentials, Canadian super-group is even more than the sum of their great parts.
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The New Pornographers
36 Kanye West
Kanye West

There is no other word but ‘epic’ that quite captures the Herculean juggernaut that Kanye West has created.
Kanye West

Mumford & Sons
Sigh No More

Old-time harmonies, might, and magic from new-time Londoners.

Mumford & Sons
34 Owen Pallett

The artist formerly known as Final Fantasy expands to a full orchestra and unfolds like an epic novel.
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Owen Pallett
33 Black Angels
Phosphene Dream

Sixties psych-jam with indie-lightness at just the right levels.
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Black Angels
32 Land of Talk
Cloak and Cipher

The lovely Elizabeth Powell returns, as evocative as she’s ever been.
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Land of Talk
31 Broken Social Scene
Forgiveness Rock Record

The definition of indie-collective expanse delivers their best record since their breakout.
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Broken Social Scene

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