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25 Favorite Albums: 2010-14
25Joanna Newsom
Have One On Me


Album Rating: 3.5/5
24The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


Album Rating: 4/5
23The National
High Violet


Album Rating: 4/5
22iamamiwhoami
Kin


Album Rating: 4/5
21St. Vincent
St. Vincent


Album Rating: 4/5
20Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


Album Rating: 4/5
19Crash of Rhinos
Distal


Album Rating: 4/5
18Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


Album Rating: 4/5
17Anais Mitchell
Hadestown


Album Rating: 4/5
16Beach House
Bloom


Album Rating: 4/5
15Marissa Nadler
Marissa Nadler


Album Rating: 4/5
14Laura Stevenson
Sit Resist


Album Rating: 4/5
13 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend


Album Rating: 4/5
12Kylesa
Spiral Shadow


Album Rating: 4/5
11Ty Segall Band
Slaughterhouse


Album Rating: 4/5
10Janelle Monae
The ArchAndroid


I think I love The ArchAndroid because it's an album that inspires me to want to get up and dance. Well, at least the first half or does. Not only that, but Janelle's voice is utterly incredible. She sings with ease on the more standard pop tracks, and she's capable of belting it out on some of the album's other songs. Along the way, she manages to mix several different genres together and make a coherent and complete album of it; certainly one of the greatest musical accomplishments of the past few years, and "Oh, Maker" never fails to make my heart melt. Album Rating: 4/5
9Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest


Halcyon Digest wasn't an album I was expecting to love, because outside of this I'm not the biggest fan, though their other work does continue to grow on me the more I listen to it. However, I think what I love about this particular record is how it reminds of my childhood. I suppose that shouldn't be a surprise when looking at the title, but even so, the past exists in this album, and that's no easy accomplishment. Album Rating: 4/5
8Real Estate
Days


I can't say that I listen to Days much anymore, but when I do listen, it instantaneously makes me feel incredibly happy. There's a great sense of warmth that this album gives me, and I'm not too sure as to why, because often the lyrics don't reflect this. Perhaps it's the memorable guitar riffs that do it for me, but whatever the reason, I know I can turn to Days when I've had a crappy day. Album Rating: 4/5
7Cults
Cults


I've loved Cults since I first heard their music. Yes, it's simple,catchy pop music, but it's undeniably addicting. Songs of love and heartbreak never sounded so good, and seeing them live only added to my love for the band and their debut. They'll probably never make another album as good, or even as remotely catchy, but for this one album I can honestly say they stole my heart, and I'm forever thankful. Album Rating: 4.5/5
6Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz


At first, Sufjan Stevens disappointed me a little bit on my initial listen of The Age of Adz. I wanted another Illinois, another song as perfect as "Chicago." That wasn't to be, and I can now say that it's all for the best. Stevens completely reinvented himself here, and the results are fantastic. It's true that it took more listens than I care to admit, and it wasn't until recently when I became obsessed with the album that I came to this realization. Perhaps the album runs a little too long for its own good, but I'm still waiting for another song to be as life-affirming as "Impossible Soul." Album Rating: 4.5/5
5Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Before My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I can't say I liked Kanye much at all. Sure, I enjoyed The College Dropout, but that was about it. I couldn't get into any of his other work. When he released this, though, it became an instant favorite. It's catchy, fun, and I never tire of listening to it. Yes, it's my favorite hip-hop album. That should not only show how white I am, but also how little I listen to the genre. There's no shame, however, because I genuinely love this album, and even when people seem shocked when I say that I like Kanye West despite his massive ego, I simply point to this album. Album Rating: 4.5/5
4The Menzingers
On the Impossible Past


I'll be honest, outside of On the Impossible Past I'm not much of a fan of the Menzingers. An incredibly talented band, yes, but it wasn't until this album when I connected to their music. I'm a sucker for any album that has the least bit of nostalghia, and On the Impossible Past has that in spades. When I listen to this album, there's a yearning for the past that I can't but help feel. Although the album might not be perfect, it comes damn close. And I wish every song had a moment as brilliant as, "Remember the days when I had a conscience" (pause) "Yeah me neither." Reflecting on the past never felt so good. Album Rating: 4.5/5
3Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


I've always liked Fiona Apple, ever since I heard "Criminal" on the radio I've been a fan; however, outside of her sophomore release, I couldn't stomach a full album. I really don't know why, but thanks to The Idler Wheel... I've now fallen absolutely head over heals for Fiona Apple. I'd argue that Apple has never been open and honest, and it makes songs such as "Valentine" all the more relatable. She's telling stories that practically everyone has gone through if they've ever been in love. It's sure not an easy listen, but it's essential and far and away Apple's best work to date. Album Rating: 4.5/5
2Neko Case
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...


Neko Case's latest effort may very well be her best yet, and that's saying something if you listen to previous efforts. On The Worse Things Get..., she's certainly never been more personal, and I think that's a huge advantage this album has over, say, Blacklisted. Not only is it her most personal, but I'd argue that it's her most accomplished, too, when just looking from how different each song is from one another. She boasts her soaring vocals on "Man" and then manages to make her voice incredibly poignant on "Calling Cards"; it's absolutely beautiful, and this is certainly fighting for the top spot. Album Rating: 5/5
1Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


Even though The Monitor seldom appears on my playlist anymore, it's still my favorite album, not only of the past few years but of all-time, too. When I put this record on, a sense of freedom seems to come alive, and I forget about everything else. Not many songs, let alone an entire album, are able to accomplish that for me, and I think that's why The Monitor claims the top spot. Despite whatever's going on in my life, I know I'll always have a connection with this album. It honestly wouldn't surprise me if by the end of the decade The Monitor still manages to be on top. Album Rating: 5/5
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