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Pitchfork Best Albums Of 2010s

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We blew music up in 2010. Part of that was structuraliTunes begat TIDAL and Spotify, Apple Music and Vine and TikTok, all of which offer new ways for us to consume the best albums and songs out there, but also put emphasis on certain artists and genres over others, by very nature of curation. Some artists turn their noses up at this new world order and do things their way, dropping albums in the middle of night, on HBO, on Saturday afternoon in Summertime. Others play into formula, using what theyd been given to game system and get their art heard as widely as possible. No matter how you look at it, though, certain artists spend decades releasing some of the best albums around, ones not only of higher quality but also bodies of work that fundamentally change music's very DNA, way we consume it, and the way other musicians make it. Here, according to GQ contributors past and present, are thirteen albums that get us to where music exists at this very moment. The music was her most exhilarating everbold, ambitious, and complex. It was exceptional. Because she was Beyonce. Caity Weaver, though only a year old, El Mal Querer has already solidified Rosalias place as creator behind some of the decade's most urgent, forward - thinking music. In time when listeners crave more tangible connections to our cultures and our pasts, Rosalia reaches backwards in time and modernizes her country's traditional art. In Spanish, singers take on flamenco, familiar crooning pleas of romance and folk melodies are still there, but they entwine with heavy beats, synthesize vocals, and sharp kicking clatters. Rosalias vision, buoy by El Guinchos next - level production, seamlessly brings local folkloric music tradition to the global stage. Only three years into her professional career, Rosalia shows us what it means to synthesize the beauty of new and old to deliver a truly distinct pop masterpiece. Camila Perez expanding his sonic palette To draw on elements of dance and R & B, Parker concocted an immersive disco trip. The Songs on Currents are as heady as his earlier work, except they are also designed to get bodies moving. And that they have: Tame Impala boasts nine - figure streaming stats and graduated to the headlining Coachella slot earlier this year. Parker himself, meanwhile, has become an in - demand collaborator, answering calls from Travis Scott, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and SZA in the last few years alone. Currents matter because of how it reflects listening habits in the Spotify era, and the path forward that it light for rock music, drifting back and forth between styles, paying little mind to outdated notions of genre or instrumentation. Its success demonstrates just how far open - eared music can reach. In a 2015 interview, Parker mentioned that he had previously stopped himself from pursuing certain kinds of inspiration because he imagined indie - music snobs would turn their nose up at it. That is no longer an issue for him.

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Calvin Harris, 18 Months

You might look back at decades of dance and think of names like Diplo, Disclosure, and Daft Punk. Reasonably, they each had huge hits in the 2010s, and they all moved the genre away from oontz - oontz - ing brainlessness back towards genuine, thoughtful artistrybut, no one Do more with moment over the past ten years than Scotland's finest non - Logan Roy export, Calvin Harris. Dj turned actual super producer, Harris has played a huge part in fine - tuning what Top 40 sounds like today. Hes become an inescapable pop force, but were not exactly running from him. His reign started with 2012s 18 Months, completely filler - free 15 - song record that has both a strong emotional arc and the greatest abundance of certified smashes since Katy Perrys ' Teenage Dream dominated airwaves two years prior. Bounce take Kelis back to the disco, to incredibly euphoric effect. Feel So Close is simple in structure and lyricism but perfect in execution. Florence + Machines Florence Welch finally leans into Studio 54 - an inhibiting persona she always kept hidden just beneath the surface of joyous Sweet Nothing. It is near impossible to overstate the influence of 18 months, and Harris himself, had on way our biggest stars think about crafting hits. Rihanna joined him on his level as featured artist on We find Love, decades best song, which appeared on her own album, Talk that Talk, Same year. That how big a presence he was in 2012. You could turn a corner without hearing Calvin Harris song that year, and for years after, too. And you wouldnt want to. Because what makes Calvin Harris ' songs so urgent is not just how expertly produced they are, or how simultaneously universal and precise their lyrics all are; it's how evocative each one is. How big each feels in ambition and execution. In the years since 18 Months, Harris has more frequently zigged where he could easily retread. It hasnt all been as pitch - perfect as the album that left his fingerprints all over culture, but it has all been for the betterment of pop.

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Drake, Take Care

In less than half a decade, Toronto - born rapper Drake has gone from being a former child actor and Lil Wayne protege to one of the world's biggest entertainers. Indelible pop hooks and bleeding - heart lyricism found on his early albums, especially 2010s Thank Me Later and 2011s Take Care, won him legions of fans and plenty of scorn. A year after releasing his most successful album to date, 2016s VIEWS, Drake offers up what he terms a playlist instead of the traditional album, More Life, on which he embraces more diasporic musical influences like South African house and Tropicalia. This experimental streak continues with the following years double album, Scorpion, which finds Drake dividing his rap persona and R & B persona into separate discs. The 2019 Care Package collects tracks released between 2010 and 2016 that were previously unavailable for commercial purchase. Dark Lane Demo Tapes, Drakes ' first full length project in two years, was released in 2020.

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Robyn, Body Talk

It takes shorter format for burials to dilate outward into broader spaces. London - based producers ' albums are still striking pieces in their own right, but EP has unshackled his imagination and delivered him into impossible new worlds. Rival Dealer is the most complete Burial statement to date, coming off as a pivotal moment in his career, where he sounds as alone in the music world as the alienated voices that creep up around the corners of these tracks. The combination of industrial - strength toughness, gender politics, and sheer ambition brings it close to World Knife Were sketched out in Shaking Habitual, although this is a far more introspective piece. Despite broadening the scope of his vision, Burial music remains reflective experience, where shades of Grey he chips out with each release only becomes bolder, sharper, and more defined. Nick Neyland it wasn't preordain that Beyonce would become who she become. In 2011, field was crowded with big namesLady Gaga, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Ke $haand sound of pop was concentrated on a small handful of ideas. Beyonce's previous album, I Am. Sasha Fierce, had big hits, but fans weren't exactly jumping to defend the project as a whole. The temptation to fall into the pop pipeline was there, but With 4, Beyonce chose to play the long game, making an album that lean toward more adult sounds of classic R & B. Only Beyonce could have made an album like this: it takes a big, control, and emotive voice to make a slow - burning song like 1 + 1 sound taut and transcendent, and a specific personality to infuse songs like Countdown with snarl and swagger. By bringing in ideas of more underground darlings like pre - Channel Orange Frank Ocean and Major Lazer, 4 avoids the trappings of safe, later - career bids, instead setting up a perfect platform for Beyonce as pop star, Queen For all people. Kyle Kramer's Past Life Martyr Saints has often been praised as confessional, word that artists tend to find problematic because of its condescending and gendered overtones. So EMA's debut is not a confessional record, if only because that word also connotes resultant catharsis, and there is none to be had here. Erika M. Anderson may air grievances, hurl accusations, and generally get a lot of shit off her chest, but when she dumps you on you, both parties end up feeling like they need to shower twice. Her images are of pants stained with menstrual blood, blue scars and self - inflict cuts, goth makeup and Nordic paganism, gun fanatics on the prairie, fat bluebirds and emaciated teens. In California, she sings of being So fuck, it's 5150, state code for involuntary psych hold, and most of the lyrics here read like scribblings on intake form. For these reasons, Past Life martyr Saints has also been praised as shocking, but it endures in large part because of how casual it is.

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Tame Impala, Currents

After Cosmic reported yesterday that Tame Impala's Current s top Consequence of Sound's Best 100 Albums of 2010 List, Tame's third album has made the grade once more. This time 2015 record has cropped up in Stereogum's's 100 Best Albums of 2010. While not scoring 13 place as it does on Consequence of Sound List, or for that matter 6 place on Discogs ranking or 47 on Pitchfork s, Tame Impalas album does land itself modest place at 52. A few new rock stars have emerged in the past decade, Stereogum's Tom Breihan write. Kevin Parker was one of them. On the 2012 album Lonerism, Parkers project Tame Impala fuse bongwater - rattling 70s riffage with psychedelic idealism and breakbeat syncopation, vaulting up festival bills. He had accomplished near - impossible. But rather than continuing, Parker disappears into his studio and emerges with something distinctly un - rock. Currents, Tom continue, play around with disco, 80s synth - pop, swaggering R & B, and woozy studio effects, coming up with a sound that was druggy and vulnerable and all - encompassing. And Kevin Parker became a bigger rock star. Funny how that work. Stereogum s 1 place went to Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp Butterfly. Tame Impalas ' fourth album Slow Rush will be arriving on February 14.

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Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE

It strange for debut to also be culmination, but that is what channel ORANGE was when it came out in 2012. Shortly after moving from New Orleans to Los Angeles to pursue a music career, Frank established himself as an in - demand pop songwriter, and then as a soulful member of Odd Future. He released a shimmery mixtape, Nostalgia Ultra, that features original - besting reinterpretations of songs by Coldplay and MGMT, and that announces himself as lone entitya smooth R & B torchbearer, mysterious sex symbol, budding superstar. In short succession, there were then his two guest appearances on Watch Throne, epic 10 - minute Pyramids, that Tumblr post, and then channel ORANGE, week earlier. And with it, Frank arrived, as himself, seemingly fully in form. So much about that sequence of events is relic of a not - so - distant, yet long - bygone era. Odd Future, mixtape, Tumblr, surprise early release2012, might as well be 1912. An exception is music. Pharrell only works on two channel ORANGE songs, but the entire album adopts his skincare regimen. Unsavory things like sorrow and heartbreak are woven cleanly into a lush tapestry of smooth synthesizers, pulsing drums, airy strings, and John Mayer guitars, such that they are practically appealing. You didnt have to speak English for channel ORANGE to be your favorite album; it was flawless background music. When Franks mom first heard it, she called it the perfect summertime album.

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Turnstile, Time & Space

Something weird happened to hardcore music early in the decade. As festivals become the default method of seeing your favorite acts, many bands stop hitting smaller, local venues, in favor of the big city circuit. This led to a hegemonous period in hardcore, during which every band from 2010 - 2015 played all of the same festivals and sounded exactly the same. It lead, naturally, to a lot of truly uninspired music. But from cracks in the sidewalk grow new life. Kids started paying to see bands that were werent just a bunch of dudes complaining about their exes over chugging 4 / 4 riffs. Bands were finding success in writing emotionally open and vulnerable songs, and even in singing and it paid off in spades. It wasnt until hardcore bands started to push their sound and experiment that music started to become interesting again. Turnstile was chief among these bands. You can track their progression of experimentation from their debut EP, Pressure To Succeed, To 2016s Nonstop Feeling. They play fast and energetic music inspired heavily by early New York hardcore, but theyre also equal parts inspired by psychedelic imagery, soul, funk, and jazz. The music they started to make mid - decade pushed up against genres rigid, stubborn boundaries, asking why hardcore had to sound a certain way, when it always sounded like absolutely anything it wanted to. 2018 Time & Space is product of what it sounds like To lean into that thesis of Why not? It is a blisteringly fast album that harnesses the best of their creative energy. On tracks like Moon and Right To Be, singer Brendan Yates and bassist Franz Lyons both handle vocals, settling into as perfect of groove as somebody can while singing over hardcore track. The overwhelming ethos of Time & Space is that hardcore was always, and will always be, truly about tons of kids climbing over each other, jumping off stages, and having fun. There are so many moments in their music that exude that joyful energy. Its hardcore music that you can actually dance to, and feels celebratory about passion and chaos that has been so core to this kind of music since its inception.

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