The Best of 2010 so far…



It seems that music journalists are increasingly turning to creating ‘halfway’ lists of their favourite music released during the year so far. Perhaps it is seen as a way of offering something different to the traditional end of year roundup. Perhaps they just like creating lists. Either way, here are three of them with – it has to be said – very little consensus:

NMEs 50 best albums of the year so far:

  1. I Speak Because I Can, Laura Marling
  2. I’m New Here, Gil Scott-Heron
  3. Relayted, Gayngs
  4. Total Life Forever, Foals
  5. Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus
  6. Field Music: Measure, Field Music
  7. Diamond Eyes, Deftones
  8. There Is No Enemy, Built To Spill
  9. Becoming A Jackal, Villagers
  10. Infinite Arms, Band of Horses

And you can see the next 40 albums in the list here at NME.

John Mulvey’s (of Uncut magazine) 2010 Half Time Report:

  1. Avi Buffalo, Avi Buffalo
  2. Destroyer Of The Void, Blitzen Trapper
  3. The Wonder Show Of The World, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & the Cairo Gang
  4. Rough Travel For A Rare Thing, Bill Callahan
  5. Pass It On, Carlton Melton
  6. Ali & Toumani, Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
  7. Fool’s Gold, Fool’s Gold
  8. There Is Love In You, Four Tet
  9. Root Work, Hiss Golden Messenger
  10. One Life Stand, Hot Chip

And you can see the next 20 albums on the list here at Uncut.

Metacritics Midyear Report, The Best Reviewed Albums of 2010 so far:

  1. Archandroid, Janelle Monae
  2. Ali & Toumani, Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
  3. Homeland, Laurie Anderson
  4. Assume Crash Position, Konono No.1
  5. Cosmogramma, Flying Lotus
  6. Have One On Me, Joanna Newsom
  7. How I Got Over, The Roots
  8. Wake Up The Nation, Paul Weller
  9. Option Paralysis, The Dillinger Escape Plan
  10. Before Today, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

And you can read the remainder of the list here at Metacritic.

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