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  1. 9.3

    ADM Rating
    To Pimp A Butterfly

    Kendrick Lamar

    To Pimp A Butterfly

    Third studio album from the Compton rap artist with Dr. Dre as executive producer

    Added: 19/03/2015

  2. 9.1

    Black Messiah

    D'Angelo And The Vanguard

    Black Messiah

    Third studio album and first for fourteen years from the Richmond, Virginia, neo soul / funk multi-instrumentalist and record producer

    Added: 17/12/2014

  3. 8.9

    Channel Orange

    Frank Ocean

    Channel Orange

    Major label debut for the New Orleans-born R&B singer and member of the Odd Future hip hop collective

    Added: 13/07/2012

  4. 8.8


    Anaïs Mitchell


    The Vermont folk singer-songwriter and guitarist with a "folk opera" album reworking the story of Orpheus and Eurydice

    Added: 25/04/2010

  5. 8.8

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Kanye West

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Fifth album of hip hop from one of the biggest egos in contemporary rap

    Added: 15/11/2010

  6. 8.8

    Carrie & Lowell

    Sufjan Stevens

    Carrie & Lowell

    Recorded in his home studio in Brooklyn, Sufjan returns to his indie folk roots for his seventh "official" studio album, named after his mother (who died in 2012) and his step-father

    Added: 24/03/2015

  7. 8.8




    Second album from the San Francisco post-metal band who combine elements of black metal, shoegaze and post-rock

    Added: 12/06/2013

  8. 8.7

    No Cities To Love


    No Cities To Love

    Eighth album and first in 10 years from the Olympia, Washington all-girl punk trio

    Added: 12/01/2015

  9. 8.7

    Let England Shake

    PJ Harvey

    Let England Shake

    The veteran alt.rock songstress enhances the folk rock roots she laid down on 2009's White Chalk with bigger arrangements

    Added: 03/02/2011

  10. 8.7


    My Bloody Valentine


    The influential Irish shoegaze band with one of the most anticipated comeback albums of the past two decades, released via their website and also put out by them on YouTube

    Added: 04/02/2013

  11. 8.6

    Ry Cooder

    Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

    Solo album number fifteen from the prolific roots guitarist and eclectic music collaborator

    Added: 01/09/2011

  12. 8.6

    St Vincent

    St Vincent

    Fourth album of experimental indie pop from the multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Annie Clark produced by John Congleton (The Polyphonic Spree, The Walkmen)

    Added: 18/02/2014

  13. 8.6

    Mbongwana Star

    From Kinshasa

    Debut LP from the Kinshasa, Congo group fusing traditional Congolese rhythms with post punk and electronics

    Added: 18/05/2015

  14. 8.6

    Kendrick Lamar

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

    The major label debut from Compton rap artist Lamar, under executive producer Dr. Dre

    Added: 23/10/2012

  15. 8.6

    Arcade Fire

    The Suburbs

    Third album from the Canadian indie rock multi-instrumentalists

    Added: 26/07/2010

  16. 8.6


    To Be Kind

    Album number thirteen and third since reforming in 2010 from the post rock New York outfit fronted by Michael Gira

    Added: 06/05/2014

  17. 8.5

    Patty Griffin

    American Kid

    7th album from the country / folk singer-songwriter, following her Grammy-winning gospel LP and singing with partner Robert Plant's Band of Joy

    Added: 02/06/2013

  18. 8.5

    Future Of The Left

    How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident

    Andy Falkous's Cardiff band train their sights on another range of contemporary targets in their fourth blast of acerbic hardcore alt.rock

    Added: 21/10/2013

  19. 8.5

    Tom Waits

    Bad As Me

    The 17th album from the gravel-voiced singer-songwriter turns up the urgency

    Added: 19/10/2011

  20. 8.5

    Janelle Monáe

    The ArchAndroid

    Debut album of pop / soul / R&B / futuristic funk from the Kansas singer-songwriter

    Added: 08/06/2010

  21. 8.5

    Fiona Apple

    The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

    Fourth studio album of baroque pop from the New York-born Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter

    Added: 15/06/2012

  22. 8.5

    Father John Misty

    I Love You, Honeybear

    Second studio album under this moniker from the Baltimore-born singer-songwriter, guitarist and former Fleet Foxes drummer J.Tillman

    Added: 05/02/2015

  23. 8.5

    Joanna Newsom

    Have One On Me

    Third album of new folk - and a triple at that - from the harp-playing Californian bard

    Added: 22/02/2010

  24. 8.5

    FKA Twigs


    Debut album of trip hop / alternative R&B from the London-based singer and dancer Tahliah Barnett

    Added: 04/08/2014

  25. 8.5

    Gillian Welch

    The Harrow & The Harvest

    Fifth album and first for eight years from the Bluegrass singer-songwriter and her partner Dave Rawlings

    Added: 24/06/2011

  26. 8.5

    Tame Impala


    Self-produced follow-up to the highly-rated debut Innerspeaker from the Australian psych-rock band

    Added: 02/10/2012

  27. 8.5

    Julia Holter

    Have You In My Wilderness

    Fourth album from the Californian singer-songwriter and experimental sound artist

    Added: 21/09/2015

  28. 8.4

    Vince Staples

    Summertime '06

    Debut solo album from the Long Beach, California rapper and member of Hip hop trio Cutthroat Boyz

    Added: 29/06/2015

  29. 8.4

    Flying Lotus

    You're Dead!

    Fifth album of experimental hip hop, electronica and trip hop collages from LA-based producer and musician featuring Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock

    Added: 03/10/2014

  30. 8.4

    Nils Frahm


    Latest release from the Berlin-based pianist and composer

    Added: 17/11/2013


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