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75 best albums of 2010

  • 75. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, 'Blood & Fire'. NME said: "Absorbing on an almost parasitic level." Album review. 7/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 74. Sufjan Stevens, 'The Age Of Adz'. NME said:"Who knew the apocalypse could be so beautiful?" Album review. 7/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 73. Interpol, 'Interpol'. NME said: "Cinematic, abstract and complex." Album review. 6/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 71. Field Music, 'Field Music (Measure)'. NME said: "Syncopated, white-collar funk." 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 70. Broken Social Scene, 'Forgiveness Rock Record'. NME said: "Back in their comfortable realm of soaring and magisterial indie." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 69. Happy Birthday, 'Happy Birthday'. NME said: "A dreamy, sugary rush." 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 68. Edwyn Collins, 'Losing Sleep'. NME said: "One of the best British albums of the year." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 67. The Dillinger Escape Plan, 'Option Paralysis'. NME said: "Drips with honesty and endeavour." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 66. Gorillaz, 'Plastic Beach'. NME said: "We might not be sure who or what they are any more, but we're sure about the tunes." 7/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 60. Belle And Sebastian, 'Write About Love'. NME said: "Your heart fairly skips a beat." Album review. 6/10. Let us know what you think of our albums of 2010 list Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 59. Errors, 'Come Down With Me'. NME said: "One of the most interesting young bands in the country, even if their second album isn’t quite difficult enough." Album review. 7/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 58. Crocodiles, 'Sleep Forever'. NME said: "Roaring monumental pop tunes." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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  • 57. Joanna Newsom, 'Have One On Me'. NME said: "An Elysian record that you’ll return to again and again." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 54. First Aid Kit, 'The Big Black and The Blue'. NME said: "There’s enough imagination in FAK for them to go the distance." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 53. Kelis, 'Flesh Tone'. NME said: "Genius. Pop auteur. Credible diva. Welcome back." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 52. Dum Dum Girls, 'I Will Be'. NME said: "This rollicking debut album is a balance-redressing, cliché-bucking tonic." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 50. Frightened Rabbit, 'The Winter of Mixed Drinks'. NME said: "An exciting new bullshit-free dawn." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 42. Mystery Jets, 'Serotonin'. NME said: "More emotional twists and turns than a modern day romcom." Album review. 7/10 Buy this album

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  • 41. Steve Mason, 'Boys Outside'. NME said: "An elegant blend of trilling piano, strummed guitar and crisp digital beats." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 40. Sleigh Bells, 'Treats'. NME said: "Quite resoundingly brilliant." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 38. Big Boi, 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dusty'. NME said: "The sound of a man with something to prove." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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  • 37. Lonelady, 'Nerve Up'. NME said: "A fresh and invigorating voice whose talent transcends time and place and influence." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 36. Hurts, 'Happiness'. NME said: "These are songs to be treasured without a shred of shame." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 34. Kanye West, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'. NME said: "An utterly dazzling portrait of a 21st-century schizoid man." Album review. 9/10.

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    Added: 18 Oct 2010

  • 33. Marina And The Diamonds, 'The Family Jewels'. NME said: "An album with a distinct dual personality." Album review 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 32. Islet, 'Wimmy'. NME said: "Mind-bending." Album review. 9/10 Let us know what you think of our albums of 2010 list. Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 31. Crystal Castles, 'Crystal Castles'. NME said: "Awkward, intractable, occasionally brilliant, always human." Album review. 7/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 30. Klaxons, 'Surfing The Void'. NME said: "One of the best pop albums of the year." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 28. New Young Pony Club, 'The Optimist'. NME said: "Stone-clad, liquid nitrogen-fuelled pure pop genius." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 27. Best Coast, 'Crazy For You '. NME said: "It’s weirdly powerful stuff." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 26. Les Savy Fav, 'Root For Ruin'. NME said: "A particularly brutal machete cut above the rest of the rock pack." Check out our 75 tracks of 2010. Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 25. Avi Buffalo, 'Avi Buffalo'. NME said: "Propelling the iconic Seattle label Sub Pop back to its former glories." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 24. Vampire Weekend, 'Contra'. NME said: "VW have escaped their collegiate niche without sacrificing their true essence." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 23. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, 'Before Today'. NME said: "The songs sound better than ever." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 22. Swans, 'My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky'. NME said: "An astonishing, febrile album... confrontational and intense." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 20. Deerhunter, 'Halcyon Digest'. NME said: "Cherish it like you would a phantom limb." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 18. Warpaint, 'The Fool'. NME said: "Deftly exploring a bleak internal, romantically bereft landscape." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 17. Factory Floor, 'Untitled'. NME said: "There’s a driving pulse thundering away." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 16. Grinderman, 'Grinderman 2'. NME said: "A curious and rowdy record that, in a world of po-faced drips, revels in mischief." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 13. Gayngs, 'Relayted'. NME said: "Decadent and sprawling." Album review. 9/10. Check out our 75 tracks of 2010 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 12. Caribou, 'Swim'. NME said: "A superlative record." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 11. The National, 'High Violet'. NME said: "Imbued with crackling vivacity that’s unusual for a band at this stage in their careers." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 9. Liars, 'Sisterworld'. NME said: "This incredible album is your passport to a better place." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 8. Salem, 'King Night'. NME said: "It rewards constant and obsessive replaying." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 7. Zola Jesus, 'Stridulum II'. NME said: "The gorgeously ethereal soundscape of a thousand years of heartbreak." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 6. Foals, 'Total Life Forever'. NME said: "Nervous, intense and quite brilliant." Album review. 8/10. Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 5. Laura Marling, 'I Speak Because I Can'. NME said: "A slightly rootsier direction for Marling." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 4. LCD Soundsystem, 'This Is Happening'. NME said: "Stripped-down synth-pop, robotic electro and smooth new wave that retains a powerful punk-funk undercarriage." Album review. 8/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 3. Beach House, 'Teen Dream'. NME said: "A gem in the crown of the great chronicles of youth." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010

  • 2. Arcade Fire, 'The Suburbs'. NME said: "An album that combines mass accessibility with much greater ambition. Pretty much perfect." Album review. 9/10 Buy this album

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    Added: 22 Nov 2010