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  1. 8.9

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    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

     
  2. 8.9

    Hadestown

    Anaïs Mitchell

    Hadestown

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

    Added: 25/04/2010

     
  3. 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

     
  4. 8.8

    Sunbather

    Deafheaven

    Sunbather

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

    Added: 12/06/2013

     
  5. 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

     
  6. 8.7

    mbv

    My Bloody Valentine

    mbv

    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

     
  7. 8.6

    Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down

    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

     
  8. 8.6

    St Vincent

    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

     
  9. 8.6

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

    Kendrick Lamar

    good kid, m.A.A.d city

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

    Added: 23/10/2012

     
  10. 8.6

    The Suburbs

    Arcade Fire

    The Suburbs

    Third album from the Canadian indie rock multi-instrumentalists

    Added: 26/07/2010

     
  11. 8.6

    Swans

    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

     
  12. 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

     
  13. 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

     
  14. 8.5

    Tom Waits

    Bad As Me

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

    Added: 19/10/2011

     
  15. 8.5

    Janelle Monáe

    The ArchAndroid

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

    Added: 08/06/2010

     
  16. 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

     
  17. 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

     
  18. 8.5

    FKA Twigs

    Lp1

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

    Added: 04/08/2014

     
  19. 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

     
  20. 8.5

    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

     
  21. 8.5

    Tame Impala

    Lonerism

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

    Added: 02/10/2012

     
  22. 8.4

    Nils Frahm

    Spaces

    Latest release from the Berlin-based pianist and composer

    Added: 17/11/2013

     
  23. 8.4

    Burial

    Kindred

    Master of static William Bevan with a short-form release of his uniquely atmospheric take on dubstep / techno / house

    Added: 23/02/2012

     
  24. 8.4

    The War On Drugs

    Lost In The Dream

    Follow-up to the acclaimed second album Slave Ambient from the Philadelphia indie rock band fronted by Adam Granduciel

    Added: 11/03/2014

     
  25. 8.4

    Jenny Hval

    Innocence Is Kinky

    Fourth studio album from Norwegian singer-songwriter and novelist also know as Rockettothesky

    Added: 31/05/2013

     
  26. 8.4

    Death Grips

    The Money Store

    Second album from the Sacramento hip hop trio, encompassing rap, extreme electronica, hardcore, dubstep, metal and probably much else besides

    Added: 19/04/2012

     
  27. 8.3

    Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate

    Ali And Toumani

    Final posthumous release of the acclaimed guitarist teamed with his fellow Malian kora player

    Added: 27/01/2010

     
  28. 8.3

    Perfume Genius

    Too Bright

    Third album from Seattle-based indie pop solo artist Mike Hadreas produced by Portishead’s Adrian Utley

    Added: 16/09/2014

     
  29. 8.3

    Laura Marling

    Once I Was An Eagle

    The 23-year-old indie folk singer-songwriter and guitarist's fourth album, again produced by Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ryan Adams)

    Added: 17/05/2013

     
  30. 8.3

    John Grant

    Pale Green Ghosts

    The follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Queen Of Denmark from the former Czars frontman produced by Biggi Veira from GusGus

    Added: 07/03/2013

     

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