The Best of 2010, according to me

A Listmania! list by J. Johnson "capricornrising1" (CT)
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The list author says: "2010...a year with an abundance of wonderful music. There's only one catch though. You won't ever hear it on the radio or see it on a Viacom-owned "music" station. This list compiles my personal musical favorites of the year."
Cosmogramma
1.  Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus
The list author says:
  "As far as I'm concerned, FL is the Miles Davis of his generation. If Los Angeles was his In a Silent Way, Cosmogramma is his Bitches Brew. A kaleidoscopic, unclassifiable innovative sound experience that is as cerebrally satisfying as it is emotionally riveting. My album of the year, hands down..."
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The ArchAndroid
2.  The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monáe
The list author says:
  "...Along with this album. One of the best debut albums EVER. This woman achieved with her first full-length what usually takes most other artists a decade to accomplish. All the hype surrounding JM and this album is more than justified. Instant classic."
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Airtight's Revenge
3.  Airtight's Revenge by Bilal
The list author says:
  "The album I'd been waiting for Bilal to make. He really comes into his own on this one. A flat-out masterpiece from a truly singular talent. I couldn't stop playing this one this year and look forward to playing it for many years to come."
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Blackmagic
4.  Blackmagic by José James
The list author says:
  "Totally sublime. Jose James melds young old-soul wisdom; forward-thinking grooves and NYC b-boy swagger into an undeniably appealing, soulful genre-defying modern classic."
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Electric Wire Hustle
5.  Electric Wire Hustle by Electric Wire Hustle
The list author says:
  "I actually got this album back when it was first released in late 2009 but because BBE re-released this past summer (with a couple new tracks); I had to put it on this list. Easily one of my favorite albums of the last 5 years. It's just too damn good. Everyone who I turned on to this album got equally turned out by it. That's how strong it is."
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New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
6.  New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh by Erykah Badu
The list author says:
  "This album is so addictive. One of the rare albums I've played front to back dozens of times in a row. Badu put me under the same spell on me that she put on her multiple rapper baby daddies! I especially like the collaborations with Madlib. "Umm Hmm" and "Incense" are just indescribable."
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Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty
7.  Sir Lucious Left Foot... The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi
The list author says:
  "Perhaps, the best major label hip hop album of the year. Boi Big shows yet again (Speakerboxxx being the first example) that he doesn't need ‘you know who’ to make classic material. Effortlessly brings the classic Dungeon Family-Organized Noize-P-Funk sound to the future and beyond. An excellent album, front to back."
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Album of The Year
8.  Album of The Year by Black Milk
The list author says:
  "His best album yet! BM stepped up his rhyme game something serious. As well as his already-excellent production. You might break your neck to the heavy drums on the album. Next level ish."
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How I Got Over
9.  How I Got Over by The Roots
The list author says:
  "I may be bold enough to say that this is my favorite Roots album. They finally stopped obsessing over details and ideas and came straight from the heart this time. The result is a seamless, beautiful and compelling late-career masterpiece."
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Pilot Talk
10.  Pilot Talk by Curren$y
The list author says:
  "Ski Beatz came back in a major way from his mid '90s Reasonable Doubt/Camp Lo days! He came back with the best production of his lengthy career on Pilot Talk. The combination of Ski’s grooves and Curren$y’s languid flow and effortlessly dope (no pun intended) made this one an instant presence in my ear buds. Pilot Talk II is just as good."
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Quadron
11.  Quadron by Quadron
The list author says:
  "Just as addictive as the Badu disc. Coco's vocals are so soulful and alluring. Her vocals along with Robin Hannibal's minimalistic production made for the perfect aural elixir this year."
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Innerspeaker
12.  Innerspeaker by Tame Impala
The list author says:
  "My favorite rock album of the year (in a decidedly lacking year for the fledging genre).These Aussies create expansive psychedelic bliss that I couldn't (and won't) stop playing. Worth every penny of its steep import price!"
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Kings Ballad
13.  Kings Ballad by Georgia Anne Muldrow
The list author says:
  "Even when Georgia comes down to earth a little bit more, she's still light years ahead of everyone else. Yet another winning release from a woman who may be perhaps TOO prolific."
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I'm New Here
14.  I'm New Here by Gil Scott-Heron
The list author says:
  "A brilliant left-field (albeit brief) comeback from an iconoclastic legend who made a legacy of throwing curveballs. Spare, industrial electronic blues over Gil's now-haggard musings. This is the sound of someone exorcising demons; the sparseness and honesty of the presentation are intriguing. Another classic in an already bulletproof catalog."
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Compass
15.  Compass by Jamie Lidell
The list author says:
  "An appealingly messy patchwork of unclassifible funkiness from Mr. Lidell, an artist who gets better and better on every album. Compass proves that Jamie is truly in a lane of his own."
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Treats
16.  Treats by Sleigh Bells
The list author says:
  "Imagine a kindergarten teacher sunnily reading a storybook to her class while a violent riot happens outside. You may have arrived at the sound of this album. The joy of contrast: light, poppy female vocals over bombastic, aggressive, LOOOUUDD backdrops. Innovative!"
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The Love & War MasterPeace
17.  The Love & War MasterPeace by Raheem DeVaughn
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: Raheem the Dream releases the best album of his frequently brilliant career. Silky slow jams, up-tempo party jams, social consciousness, sweet womanist sentiments, classic soul channeling: The man can do it all. And he does on this album."
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Ballad of Purple Saint James
18.  Ballad of Purple Saint James by YahZarah
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: The lovely Yahzarah comes into her own on this near-perfect disc. "Shadow" is one of the most beautiful piano ballads I've heard since forever. An album that will still be played years and years from now."
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Authenticity
19.  Authenticity by The Foreign Exchange
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: Another almost-flawless collection from the Foreign Exchange family this year (the others being the album above and Zo!'s sublime SunStorm). A bittersweet love letter told in reverse. Phonte's growth as a vocalist and (especially) a songwriter is amazing. A bittersweet love letter told in reverse"
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Long Distance
20.  Long Distance by Onra
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: Who knew they were this funky in Paris?"
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Love King
21.  Love King by The-Dream
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: Love-King? Maybe not. How does such an unlikeable personality and modest talent create such irresistible music? Because like R. Kelly, Pharrell and Ryan Leslie before (and along with) him, Sir Nash knows WHAT SOUNDS GOOD. Pure ear candy...even if the lyrics make you shake your head while you’re nodding it to the grooves."
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/\/\ /\ Y /\ [Deluxe Edition]
22.  /\/\ /\ Y /\ [Deluxe Edition] by M.I.A.
The list author says:
  "This year, the white male-dominated hipster/rock press violently knocked her off the pedestal they'd put her on. Although, it’s not her best release, M A Y A is still worthy. This is an album will be appreciated more in time."
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Teflon Don
23.  Teflon Don by Rick Ross
The list author says:
  "HONORABLE MENTION: Shameful, I know. I did not like this entire album but who can front on BMF (Blowin' Money Fast) and Maybach Music III? Two of the best rap singles of the year, hands down. So good that you forget the joke that created them! Other mentions: Benny Tones' Chrysalis and Silhouette Brown's Two...recommended for those who like to groove."
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