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Top 10 albums of 2010

B. Martin
The list author says: "The National tops the list of the years best music thanks to their best album to date."
High Violet
High Violet
"These sad-sack indie rock heroes claim the top spot of 2010 thanks to this darkly beautiful rumination on loss, longing, anxiety and other cheerful themes.  Beautiful music for uncertain times."
Sigh No More
Sigh No More
""A stirring debut from a group of British folkies who inject their music with so much emotion that you almost get drunk from it.  Hopefully this is the start of something truly special.""
The Suburbs
The Suburbs
"An ambitious concept album about the passage from adolescence to adulthood full of some of the group's most conventional music to date.  That is not a bad thing.  The Suburbs swells with emotion from start to finish."
Odd Blood
Odd Blood
"Easily the year's most satisfying pop record.  Ambling Alp and O.N.E. are some of the year's best singles."
Le Noise
Le Noise
"I have enjoyed all of the albums that Young has released during the past decade, but this all acoustic rocker is his best work since 2000's Silver and Gold.  Young is still a force to be reckoned with."
Tomorrow Morning
Tomorrow Morning
"A perfect bookend to End Times (also on this list), Everett's other release this year.  Tomorrow Morning is full of hope and optimisim and some of the group's catchies tunes in recent memory."
This Is Happening
This Is Happening
"A pleasant surprise.  I've never been a big fan, but Murphy won me over with his infectious beats and suprisingly heartfelt lyrics."
End Times
End Times
"E cracks the top 10 with two separate and strikingly different albums.  This one is a deeply sad elegy to a failed relationship.  E's lyrics cut to the bone."
Write About Love
Write About Love
"At first, I was somewhat underwhelmed by B&S's first album since 2006's The Life Pursuit.  But then I realized that I was comparing this album to one of the best albums of the last decade.  Write About Love is a welcome return by these indie faves."
All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu
"Wainwright strips away all of the bombast and excess of his previous efforts to deliver an emotionally naked and honest album devoted to dealing with grief.  He has never sounded so fragile."