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The Best Albums of 2010: #71 through #80

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These are selections #71 through #80 in our Best Albums of 2010 countdown series.

#71. There Is Love In You by Four Tet 

Released: January 26, 2010
Label: Domino
Metacritic Score: 82
Charts: #157 The Billboard 200, #7 Top Electronic albums, #1 Top Heatseekers, #39 Top Independent albums
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Kieran Hebden's project Four Tet returns this year after a four year hiatus with There Is Love In You. This folktronica diamond is filled with muted tones, bright highlights around the edges and enough repetitious looping to lull you into a state of complete bliss. This is my 2010 go to record for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

#72. Eparistera Daimones by Triptykon

Released: March 23, 2010
Label: Century Media
Metacritic Score: N/A
Album Charts: N/A
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Celtic Frost just can't get along, but the band's inability to hold it together is no reason to be upset. After all, the breakup has given us Tom G. Warrior's Triptykon project. Esparistera Daimones is a plodding dark masterpiece of sound. Atmosphere takes a more prominent position than does technique, and for this the music benefits greatly. There are just enough mind blowing chops to reveal the talent without ever using it as a crutch. This is one of most cohesive and well-crafted metal releases of 2010.

#73. Shadows by Teenage Fanclub

Released: June 8, 2010
Label: Merge
Metacritic Score: 81
Album Charts: #13 Top Heatseekers
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Teenage Fanclub has always been a band focused on the well built pop song. Shadows finds them continuing with this fine tradition, but there is an undeniable mellower vibe that permeates Shadows. The unhinged ataxia of youth has given way to a more mature and steady hand. So what's given up in energy is compensated for with sophistication. It's a natural evolution and a fair trade.

#74. Swim by Caribou

Released: April 20, 2010
Label: Merge
Metacritic Score: 83
Album Charts: #97 The Billboard 200, #14 Top Independent Albums
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Dan Snaith has the guts to move his musica electronica in new directions, seemingly with each new album and he has the talent to pull it off. Swim breathes and pulsates with exquisiteness. But as usual, the great production and arrangement is only the icing on a finely built cake, and in this case the cake is the heavyweight melodiousness you'll taste in every bite.

#75. The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night by The Besnard Lakes

Released: March 9, 2010
Label: Jagjaguwar
Metacritic Score: 80
Album Charts: #27 Top Heatseekers
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The Besnard Lakes have solidified their standing in my mind with their newest release The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night. They are indeed roaring and more than that, they've created a sound that is all their own. Sparse beauty, a great sense of dynamic tension and the ability to summon the classic rock gods at will. You'll hear lots of complexity on Roaring and you'll come back to listen again and again, just like your parents did with Pink Floyd (or maybe that was you).

#76. False Priest by Of Montreal

Released: September 14, 2010
Label: Polyvinyl Records
Metacritic Score: 72
Album Charts: #34 The Billboard 200, # 19 Top Digital albums, #6 Top Independent albums, #11 Top Modern Rock/Alternative albums, #14 Top Rock albums
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Every Of Montreal record is like a Christmas present. You never know what you're going to get until you open it up and look inside. Will it be a woolen sweater, a box of Sea Monkeys, or perhaps a glow-in-the-dark dildo? False Priest may be a killer pair of rhinestone platform shoes. The album finds Kevin Barnes channeling equal parts of David Bowie and Prince in a way that will keep you engaged for the duration. 

#77. Everything Remains (As It Never Was) by Eluveitie

Released: March 9, 2010
Label: Nuclear Blast America
Metacritic Score: N/A
Album Charts: N/A
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Sometimes the merging of genres can have disastrous results. If you were to ask me my thoughts on the possibilities of melding traditional acoustic Medieval music with death metal three years ago, I would have laughed out loud. But Eluveitie pull it off on As It Never Was in a way that seems so natural you'll never find yourself questioning the style. This is an album that'll make you want to storm a castle wearing nothing but a kilt and a broadsword.

#78. Heligoland  by Massive Attack

Released: February 9, 2010
Label: Virgin Records
Metacritic Score: 72
Album Charts: #46 The Billboard 200, #12 Top Canadian albums, #11 Top Digital albums, #4 Top Electronic albums, #5 Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums
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Massive Attack have enjoyed an incredible amount of critical acclaim over the past 20 years. It seems as though every album, although a good deal different, garners praise from across the globe. While Heligoland does not surpass the brilliance of 1998's Mezzanine, (can anything?) it's another wonderfully crafted Massive Attack album that you must have in your collection. The large cast of guest vocalists all perform perfectly and the songs are a bit more sparse, but elegantly so.

#79. So Runs The World Away by Josh Ritter

Released: May 4, 2010
Label: Pytheas
Metacritic Score: 81
Album Charts: #41 The Billboard 200, #14 Top Digital albums, #7 Top Independent albums, #12 Top Rock albums
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Josh Ritter is a great pop songwriter. His tunes are sprinkled with large doses of memorable hooks, but his lyrical abilities are also growing in leaps and bounds. It's nice to hear such stories told within the context of popular music in a time where base-level party songs rule the day. So Runs The World Away takes the listener on a trip across the planet. Be sure to watch the video below of "The Curse", which tells the story of an Egyptian mummy coming to America on a ship and falling in love with the archaeologist who found him. Music today is not exactly overflowing with imagery like this, so my suggestion is that you don't miss this one.

#80. The Brutalist Bricks by Ted Leo And The Pharmacists

Released: March 9, 2010
Label: Matador
Metacritic Score: 74
Album Charts: #114 The Billboard 200, #11 Top Independent albums, #2 Top Heatseekers, #23 Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums, #34 Top Rock albums
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Ted Leo is now with on the roster of Matador Records, which I think will be an excellent match. And this first release on his new label is nothing short of a great start. You won't find any groundbreaking, or genre bending pretentiousness on The Brutalist Bricks. This is an album that presents the best of Ted Leo's talents - crunchy rock songs that take it to the house.

More albums of the year:
1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60, 61-70, 71-80, 81-90, 91-100

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