Midyear Report: The Best Music of 2010 So Far

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2010 The ArchAndroid
by Janelle Monae 90
High Scoring Albums by Year
2009 Merriweather Post Pavilion
by Animal Collective 89
2008 London Zoo by The Bug 90
2007 From Here We Go Sublime by The Field 90
2006 Savane by Ali Farka Toure 94

We're only halfway through with 2010, but already we have an album with better reviews than any disc released in all of 2009. A protégé of OutKast's Big Boi and Sean Combs, the Atlanta-based singer-songwriter-dancer Janelle Monáe released her first full-length album in May after first making a name for herself with her 2007 EP Metropolis. The ArchAndroid 90 -- a science fiction-influenced mash-up of pop, funk, rap, and virtually any other genre you can think of -- is the year's best-reviewed album so far, and cements Monáe's place as one of R&B's most creatively ambitious young stars.

Overall, a total of 42 new albums released over the past six months met or exceeded a Metascore of 81, which is where we begin dividing the good albums from the great ones. At this same point last year, we had 38 albums in such lofty territory -- so perhaps things are improving after a lackluster 2009. In fact, the second half of the year is already off to a great start, with this week's new solo release from OutKast's Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot, earning raves from critics.

Below, we look at best- and worst-reviewed albums released through the first half of the year.

The 40 Best-Reviewed Albums of 2010 So Far (Through June 30)
  Album Label Metascore Users
1The ArchAndroid
by Janelle Monae
Atlantic909.0
Her first EP earned Monáe a Grammy nomination; this wildly eclectic debut LP will likely result in several more.
2Ali & Toumani
by Ali Farka Toure And Toumani Diabate
World Circuit899.6
Recorded in 2005, the second posthumous release for legendary Malian guitarist Touré was one of several collaborations with kora player Diabaté.
3Homeland
by Laurie Anderson
Nonesuch879.7
The performance artist's first album since 2001 is a politically-charged work that includes collaborations with Antony Hegarty and Kieran Hebden.
4Assume Crash Position
by Konono No. 1
Crammed Disc8610.0
If you buy only one album of likembé-heavy Congolese electronica this year, make it Assume Crash Position.
5Cosmogramma
by Flying Lotus
Warp858.7
The year's best-reviewed electronica album is a challenging, inventive, and highly rewarding example of the genre.
6Have One On Me
by Joanna Newsom
Drag City857.8
The harpist's ambitious third release spans three discs and 18 tracks, and managed to match the acclaim for her previous album, Ys.
7How I Got Over
by The Roots
Def Jam859.6
2010's best-reviewed hip-hop album so far is just another in a long string of high-scoring releases for The Roots.
8Wake Up The Nation
by Paul Weller
Yep Roc858.5
Nation is one of the best-reviewed solo releases for the former frontman of The Jam and Style Council.
9Option Paralysis
by The Dillinger Escape Plan
Season of Mist857.0
The year's top metal release is, like the Plan's three previous albums, inventive, aggressive, and musically impressive.
10Before Today
by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
4AD848.2
This latest collection of oddball pop songs from the Los Angeles-based Pink is reminiscent of the 1980s (and earlier) in production and instrumentation.
11High Violet
by The National
4AD848.6
One of the buzzier indie rock albums of the year so far, High Violet could be a breakthrough for a band that has been firing on all cylinders for years.
12I See The Sign
by Sam Amidon
Bedroom Community848.6
The distinctive-voiced folk singer reworks traditional folk songs -- and an R. Kelly track -- on an album that's full of surprises.
13This Is Happening
by LCD Soundsystem
DFA/Virgin848.2
Technically LCD's worst-reviewed LP to date (by two points), This Is Happening continues one of indie rock's most impressive success streaks.
14Treats
by Sleigh Bells
Mom + Pop/N.E.E.T.848.7
Signed to M.I.A.'s label, the Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells split the difference between aggressive noise and catchy electro-rock on this debut album.
15New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
by Erykah Badu
Motown837.9
The R&B artist's warmer, more personal sequel to 2008's New Amerykah Part One scored equally big with critics.
16Blackjazz
by Shining
The End836.0
If you buy only one album of Norwegian industrial prog metal this year, make it Blackjazz.
17Swim
by Caribou
Merge838.9
Swim might be Dan Snaith's less immediate and most sophisticated outing of pastoral electronica yet; it's also heavier on techno than prior recordings.
18Black Noise
by Pantha du Prince
Rough Trade836.6
The third album of minimal techno from Germany's Hendrick Weber includes a guest appearance from Animal Collective's Noah Lennox.
19Luck In The Valley
by Jack Rose
Thrill Jockey835.6
This all-instrumental effort for acoustic guitarist Rose (also known as Dr. Ragtime) was recorded shortly before his death last December.
20Eyes & Nines
by Trash Talk
Trash Talk Collective836.3
Certainly one of the most aggressive albums on this list, Nines is the third release from the Sacramento sludgecore outfit.
21Teen Dream
by Beach House
Sub Pop826.8
One of the first great albums of 2010, Teen Dream found the Baltimore dream-pop duo far surpassing their two previous records.
22A Small Turn Of Human Kindness
by Harvey Milk
Hydra Head827.6
The Athens, Georgia experimental sludge metal outfit slowed the tempo and upped the melancholy on these seven interconnected story-songs.
23Avi Buffalo
by Avi Buffalo
Sub Pop828.2
This self-titled release from the Long Beach, Calif. indie band led by 19-year-old Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is one of the best-reviewed debuts of the year.
24Hidden
by These New Puritans
Domino829.5
This expansive sophomore set from the British art-rock four-piece added a full orchestra, a choir, sound effects, and more electronics to the mix.
25Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones
by Cancer Bats
Distort828.5
This dynamic third album for the Canadian punk rockers was faulted only for its slightly excessive length.
26There Is Love In You
by Four Tet
Domino827.8
Kieran Hebden's first Four Tet release in five years found him relying more heavily on straight electronica and less on post-rock.
27Brothers
by The Black Keys
Nonesuch818.8
One of the blues duo's best-reviewed albums to date, Brothers includes a pair of tracks produced by Danger Mouse.
28The Monitor
by Titus Andronicus
XL817.2
The vaguely Civil War-themed "The Monitor" is the second album for the New Jersey indie-rockers.
29The Shadow Of An Empire
by Fionn Regan
Heavenly818.4
The Mercury Prize-nominated Irish singer-songwriter incorporated a full band and more rock-oriented sound into this 10-song outing.
30I Speak Because I Can
by Laura Marling
Astralwerks819.1
Another singer-songwriter returning after a Mercury Prize-nominated debut, folk-rocker Marling upped the sophistication on this sophomore set.
31True Love Cast Out All Evil
by Roky Erickson w/ Okkervil River
Anti818.0
The first new album for Erickson in over a decade found the former 13th Floor Elevators leader backed by indie rockers Okkervil River.
32Shadows
by Teenage Fanclub
Merge819.5
Still going strong after two decades, the Scottish alt-rockers returned with one of their strongest sets in many years.
33Snakes For The Divine
by High On Fire
Koch816.0
The fifth album from the Northern California heavy metal band was more popular with critics than Metacritic users.
34Condors
by Nedry
Monotreme818.0
Veering from glitch to folk to ambient electronica, Condors is the 8-song debut for the London dubstep trio named after a Jurassic Park character.
35Going Places
by Yellow Swans
Type818.3
The Portland, Ore. duo broke up after recording this final album of noisy experimental drone-rock.
36I Learned The Hard Way
by Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
Daptone819.5
As always, Jones & co. utilized vintage gear and production styles to showcase their retro soul sound; the result was one of their best releases yet.
37Here's The Tender Coming
by The Unthanks
Rough Trade819.0
Formerly known as Rachel Unthank & the Winterset, the band returned with another strong collection of traditional acoustic folk.
38Boca Negra
by Chicago Underground Duo
Thrill Jockey817.0
This fifth album finds the Chicago post-jazz duo (formerly the Chicago Underground Orchestra) honing their improvisation-heavy approach.
39Your Future Our Clutter
by The Fall
Domino818.7
It doesn't just seem like YFOC is Mark E. Smith's 28th Fall album; it really is Mark E. Smith's 28th Fall album. It's also a good one.
40July Flame
by Laura Veirs
Raven Marching Band817.4
The seventh album from singer-songwriter Veirs hovers somewhere in between indie rock, country, and folk.

Albums released between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010 with 7 or more reviews in Metacritic's database were eligible for inclusion. Reissues, EPs, live albums, holiday albums, greatest hits albums, multi-artist soundtracks, and other compilations are excluded. The Metascore is a weighted average of scores from top professional critics, on a scale from 0 (bad) to 100 (good). User scores represent an average of scores assigned by Metacritic.com site visitors, from 0 (bad) to 10 (good). Albums are ranked by Metascore prior to rounding.

The Lowest-Scoring Albums of 2010 So Far (Through June 30)
Album Label Metascore Users
1Rebirth by Lil WayneCash Money Records373.8
2Everybody Wants To Be On TV by Scouting For GirlsEpic443.0
3Eureka by RooneyCalifornia Dreamin'47n/a
4Black Swan by AthleteOriginal Signal526.5
5Sex Dreams And Denim Jeans by UffieElektra545.6
6Animal by Ke$haRCA544.1
7Who I Am by Nick Jonas And The AdministrationHollywood544.9
8Slash by SlashDik Hayd548.5
9Hologram Jams by Jaguar LoveFat Possum559.0
10Bionic by Christina AguileraRCA558.2

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What are your picks for the best albums of 2010 so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Comments (92)

  • jpapadop  

    20. Lazerbeak – Legend Recognize Legend
    19. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    18. Future Islands – In Evening Air
    17. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
    16. Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement
    15. Elsinore – Yes Yes Yes
    14. Warpaint – The Fool
    13. The Roots – How I Got Over
    12. Sun Airway – Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier
    11. Jonsi – Go
    10. The Walkmen – Lisbon
    9. Active Child – Curtis Lane EP
    8. Gayngs – Relayted
    7. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
    6. The National – High Violet
    5. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
    4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
    3. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
    2. Menomena – Mines
    1. Beach House – Teen Dream

  • Treatza  

    I'm surprised to see the Sleigh Bells LP near the top of so many "best of" lists. I assumed anyone who spent a little time with that one would realize what a tremendous turd it truly is. Behold, the power of hype!

  • ana  

    So much p4k hype in here!

    1. Make Do And Mend - End Measured Mile
    2. Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
    3. Touche Amore/La Dispute - Searching For A Pulse/Worth Of The World
    4. Balance and Composure/Tigers Jaw - Split
    5. Such Gold - Pedestals
    6. A Common Year - Between Cities
    7. Transit - Keep This To Yourself
    8. Lydia - Assailants
    9. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
    10. Kvelertak - Kvelertak
    11. The Narrative - The Narrative
    12. States - Line 'Em Up
    13. Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
    14. Tera Melos - Patagonian Rats
    15. Seahaven - Ghost

  • Steve P  

    I've done an analysis of all the postings up to & including Niklesh's (22-11-2010, 7:29am), using a scoringf system that I'll explain if anyone wants me to, and the combined result was:
    POSITION ARTIST – ALBUM (mentions) – Points
    1 The National – High Violet (29) – 1833
    2 Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) (25) – 1423
    3 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening (24) – 1381
    4 Sleigh Bells – Treats (17) – 1035
    5 Vampire Weekend – Contra (21) – 1008
    6 Beach House – Teen Dream (17) – 937
    7 Have One On Me – Joanna Newsom (15) – 865
    8 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (11) – 730
    9 Spoon – Transference (12) – 720
    10 Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (11) – 544
    11 Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma ( – 531
    12 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (9) – 506
    13 Big Boy – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty ( – 505
    14 The Black Keys – Brothers (7) – 464
    15 Broken Bells – Broken Bells ( – 417
    16 Four Tet – There Is Love in You ( – 403
    17 Surfer Blood – Astro Coast (10) – 396
    18 MGMT – Congratulations (7) – 380
    19 Yeasayer – Odd Blood (5) – 378
    20 Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II (7) – 346
    21 The New Pornographers – Together (6) – 335
    22 Foals – Total Life Forever (5) – 324
    23 M.I.A. – ///Y/ (6) – 324
    24 The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt (5) – 318
    25 Wavves – King Of The Beach (6) – 314
    26 Caribou – Swim ( – 305
    27 Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo (6) – 299
    28 Deftones – Diamond Eyes (5) – 266
    29 Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown (4) – 261
    30 The Roots – How I Got Over (7) – 242
    31 Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record (6) – 240
    32 Fang Island – Fang Island (4) – 238
    33 Tame Impala – InnerSpeaker (5) – 221
    34 Local Natives – Gorilla Manor (4) – 219
    35 Laurie Anderson – Homeland (3) – 210
    36 Hot Chip – One Life Stand (6) – 193
    37 Eluvium – Similes (2) – 173
    38 Band of Horses – Infinite Arms (4) – 169
    39 Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer of the Void (3) – 169
    40 High On Fire – Snakes For The Divine (3) – 166
    41 She & Him – Volume Two (3) – 165
    42 The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever (3) – 160
    43 Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame (3) – 150
    44 Love Is All – Two Thousand And Ten Injuries (2) – 150
    45 Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis (4) – 141
    46 These New Puritans - Hidden (2) – 140
    47 A Sufi And A Killer – Gonjasufi (3) – 134
    48 The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (4) – 130
    49 Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can (3) – 130
    50 Kelis – Flesh Tone (2) – 130
    51 Gil-Scott Heron – I'm New Here (2) – 126
    52 Teenage Fanclub – Shadows (2) – 125
    53 Crime in Stereo – I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone (3) – 120
    54 Wolf Parade – Expo 86 (2) – 120
    55 Jonsi – Go (3) – 114
    56 Delorean – Subiza (3) – 112
    57 The Drums – The Drums (4) – 110
    58 Los Campesinos! – Romance Is Boring (2) – 110
    59 The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme (2) – 109
    60 Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh) (2) – 106
    61 Drake – Thank Me Later (2) – 105
    62 Sam Amidon – I See The Sign (2) – 101
    63 Midlake – The Courage of Others (2) – 101
    64 Mike Patton – Mondo Cane (1) – 100
    65 Nada Surf – If I Had A Hi-Fi (1) – 100
    66 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today (5) – 98
    67 Massive Attack – (2) – 96
    68 Bonobo – Black Sands (2) – 92
    69 The Chemical Brothers – Further (2) – 90
    70 The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards (2) – 90
    71 Get Well Soon – Vexations (Special Edition) (1) – 90
    72 Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away (1) – 90
    73 Sade – Soldier Of Love (1) – 90
    74 The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter (2) – 84
    75 Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks (2) – 82
    76 Baths – Cerulean (2) – 80
    77 Guido – Anidea (1) – 80
    78 Laura Stevenson & The Cans – A Record (1) – 80
    79 The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (2) – 75
    80 Polar Bear (1) – 75
    81 Owen Pallett – Heartland (2) – 72
    82 Sisterworld - Liars (2) – 70
    83 Wild Nothing – Gemini (2) – 70
    84 Aloha – Home Acres (1) – 70
    85 Bonnie “Prince” Billy and the Cairo Gang – The Wondershow of the World (1) – 70
    86 Land of Talk (1) – 70
    87 Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave (1) – 60
    88 Linkin Park – A Thousand Suns (1) – 60
    89 Marco Polo & Ruste Juxx – The Exxecution (1) – 60
    90 Monica – Still Standing (1) – 60
    91 Pendulum – Immersion (1) – 60
    92 Picastro – Become Secret (1) – 60
    93 High Places (1) – 58
    94 Jack Rose – Luck In The Valley (1) – 56
    95 Dom Kennedy – From the Westside, With Love (mixtape) (1) – 55
    96 Fanfarlo – Reservoir (1) – 55
    97 Tegan and Sara – Sainthood (1) – 55
    98 Theophilus London – I Want You (mixtape) (1) – 55
    99 Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik (mixtape) (1) – 55
    100 Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation (2) – 50
    101 Asteroid – Asteroid II (1) – 50
    102 Becoming a Jackal - Villagers (1) – 50
    103 Bon Iver – (EP) (1) – 50
    104 Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig (1) – 50
    105 Cyanotic – The Medication Generation (1) – 50
    106 Deerhunter (1) – 50
    107 Ed Harcourt – Lustre (1) – 50
    108 John Butler Trio (1) – 50
    109 Kele – The Boxer (1) – 50
    110 Kevlertak (1) – 50
    111 Marc Cohn – Tears Of A Clown (1) – 50
    112 Nedry – Condors (1) – 50
    113 Pete Wolf – Midnight Souvenirs (1) – 50
    114 Petty (1) – 50
    115 Prince – 20ten (1) – 50
    116 Seabear – We Built A Fire (1) – 50
    117 Six Gallery (1) – 50
    118 The Bird and The Bee – Interpreting the Masters Vol I, Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates (1) – 50
    119 The Coral – Butterfly House (1) – 50
    120 These Monsters (1) – 50
    121 On Patrol – Sun Araw (1) – 49
    122 Alcest – Ecallies De Lune (1) – 46
    123 Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here (1) – 46
    124 Cathedral – The Guessing Game (1) – 46
    125 Delta Spirit – History From Below (1) – 46
    126 Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972-83 (1) – 46
    127 I Am Kloot (1) – 46
    128 Ihsahn – After (1) – 46
    129 John Grant (1) – 46
    130 Shining (1) – 46
    131 Tracey Thorn (1) – 46
    132 Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones (1) – 46
    133 Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ali & Toumani (1) – 42
    134 Bobby McFerrin – Vocabularies (1) – 42
    135 John Zorn – Book Of Angels, Volume 13, Mycale (1) – 42
    136 Returnal – Oneohtrix Point Never (1) – 42
    137 Autechre – Oversteps (1) – 40
    138 Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do (1) – 40
    139 Josephine Foster – Graphic as a Star (1) – 40
    140 Nneka (1) – 40
    141 Red Sparrowes – The Fear Is Excruciating.. (1) – 40
    142 SIA – We Are Born (1) – 40
    143 Team Ghost – You Never Did Anything Wrong To Me (1) – 40
    144 The Poison Control Center (1) – 40
    145 The-Dream – Love King (1) – 40
    146 Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM (2) – 39
    147 The Knife – Tomorrow, In a Year (2) – 38
    148 Julian Lynch – Mare (1) – 37
    149 Civil Twilight – Civil Twilight (1) – 37
    150 Delays – Star Tiger Star Ariel (1) – 37
    151 Dikta – Get It Together (1) – 37
    152 Dommin – Love Is Gone (1) – 37
    153 Efterklang – Magic Chairs (1) – 37
    154 Groombridge – Customers From Hell (1) – 37
    155 Hawksley Workman – MEAT (1) – 37
    156 Kent – En Plats I Solen (1) – 37
    157 Shaolin Temple of BooM – The Equinox (1) – 37
    158 Suckers – Wild Smile (1) – 37
    159 The Baltic Sea – El Gran Blanco (1) – 37
    160 Thirteen Senses – Crystal Sounds (1) – 37
    161 Thom Donovan – Cast A Light (1) – 37
    162 Turin Brakes – Outbursts (1) – 37
    163 Allison Moore – Crows (1) – 34
    164 DJ Kicks – The Juan Maclean (1) – 34
    165 Freeway & Jake One – The Stimulus Package (1) – 34
    166 Patty Griffin – Downtown Church (1) – 34
    167 Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute (1) – 34
    168 Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings – I Learned The Hard Way (1) – 34
    169 Angus & Julia Stone – Down the Way (1) – 34
    170 David Byrne & Fatboy Slim – Here Lies Love (1) – 34
    171 Mpas & Atlaes – Perch Patchwork (1) – 34
    172 We Have Band – WHB (1) – 34
    173 Bear in Heaven (1) – 33
    174 Champ – Tokyo Police Club (1) – 30
    175 Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea (1) – 30
    176 Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be (1) – 30
    177 Here We Go Magic (1) – 30
    178 Jack Johnson – To the Sea (1) – 30
    179 Nas & Damien Marley – Distant Relatives (1) – 30
    180 Pulled Apart By Horses – Pulled Apart By Horses (1) – 30
    181 The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes The Knighthood (1) – 30
    182 Them Crooked Vultures (1) – 30
    183 Heartland – Owen Palett (1) – 29
    184 The Morning Benders – Big Echo (1) – 23
    185 Clogs – The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton (1) – 20
    186 Hole – Nobody’s Daughter (1) – 20
    187 Menomena (1) – 20
    188 Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago (1) – 20
    189 The Bundles – The Bundles (1) – 20
    190 The Mynabirds – What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (1) – 20
    191 Portico Quartet (1) – 17
    192 Ikonika – Contact.Love.Want.Have (1) – 15
    193 White Magic – Ceo (1) – 10
    194 Harvey Milk – Harvey Milk (1) – 10
    195 Scissor Sisters – Night Work (1) – 10
    196 The Intelligence (1) – 10
    197 Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP (1) – 10
    198 Nothing Hurts – Male Bonding (1) – 8
    199 Make It Real – Pocahaunted (1) – 7

  • Nikhilesh  

    Hey Where is Linkin park's A thousand suns....>????????It has been certified Platinum you suckers......

  • I Know  

    LOCAL NATIVES- GORILLA MANOR

  • Reuben  

    1. Cosmogramma - Flying Lotus
    2. How I Got Over - The Roots
    3. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
    4. A Sufi and a Killer - Gonjasufi
    5. Oversteps - Autechre
    HM: Distant Relatives - Nas & Damien Marley

    Somehow for me, Hip-hop has left rock for dead in 2010.

  • dollar man  

    Don't worry about Pitchfork, just listen to everything and enjoy what you love!

    1. These New Puritans
    2. Local Natives
    3. Fang Island
    4. Land of Talk
    5. Arcade Fire
    6. Deerhunter
    7. The Poison Control Center
    8. The National
    9. Menomena
    10.The Intelligence

    This has been a very good year (so far!!!)

  • Andr  

    1. The Suburbs - The Arcade Fire
    2. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
    3. Odd Blood - Yeasayer
    4. High Violet - The National
    5. Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom
    6. Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
    7. Treats - Sleigh Bells
    8. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty - Big Boi
    9. This Is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
    10.How I Got Over - The Roots

  • Pete  

    I heard four to five star albums this year by Petty and especially the Black Keys. I liked the Band Of Horses album, the best thing never done by the Jayhawks. The best new release I've heard is Pete Wolf's "Midnight Souvenirs". The Marc Cohn 1970 covers album is eh, but "Tears Of A Clown" has an irresistible groove. In the dsicussion for Record Of the Year.

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