Deafheaven – Sunbather (2013)
Loud noises have never sounded more beautiful.
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest (2010)
Even if there is such a thing as Southern Gothic rock, this album transcends that or any other genre title – really, this is just the sound of one of America’s most innovative bands making its great leap forward.
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame (2010)
For a band much beloved by an all too-small fan base, The album’s triumph is its accessibility that doesn’t sacrifice any of the smarts (“Where’d All The Time Go?”) or insights (“Jackie Wants A Black Eye”) that made this great American band so great in the first place.
Drake – Take Care (2011)
It’s Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear for the YOLO generation.
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (2013)
Foxygen seems to be the only band that remembered when psychedelic-pop music used to be silly and fun, and their breakthrough album could have been made in 1960’s Haight-Ashbury.
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien (2014)
The 12-year-old me is still freaking out that this album came out.
*Remember, this is a list of MY FAVORITE albums of the decade so far, so don’t cross your arms and glare at me like that why are you still glaring at me please stop it go away*
The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever (2010)
There are albums you love because you’re supposed to love them, and then there are albums you love because they introduced you to a band and helped you get through high school with some key girl advice (“Soft In The Center”) and other meditations on similar rock problems.
J Mascis – Several Shades of Why (2011)
James Blake – James Blake (2011)
For those who were fearing the onslaught of EDM at the turn of the decade, this electric wiz-kid reminded us that electronic music could be soulful, earnest, and sexy.
Japandroids – Celebration Rock (2012)
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