10 is the magic number

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10 of our critics pick their 10 best albums of 2010

Lauren Murphy

1 John GrantQueen of Denmark
2 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
3 Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can
4 Beach HouseTeen Dream
5 Cathy DaveyThe Nameless
6 Owen PallettHeartland
7 Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
8 JónsiGo
9 O EmperorHither Thither
10 The DrumsThe Drums


Tony Clayton-Lea

1 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
2 Tracey ThornLove and Opposite
3 StrandsStrands
4 Oliver ColeWe Albatri
5 RumerSeasons of My Soul
6 Teenage FanclubShadows
7 John GrantQueen of Denmark
8 JónsiGo
9 Divine ComedyBang Goes the Knighthood
10 Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can

Ailbhe Malone


1 Everything
Everything Man Alive
2 HurtsHappiness
3 RihannaLoud
4 Best CoastCrazy for You
5 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
6 Tinie TempahDisc-Overy
7 Music Go MusicExpressions
8 Robyn BodyTalk Trilogy
9 Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can
10 Joanna NewsomHave One on Me

Ray Comisky

1 Django BatesBelovèd Bird
2 FoodQuiet Inlet
3 Tom HarrellRoman Nights
4 Lee KonitzLive at the Village Vanguard
5 Loose TubesDancing on Frith Street
6 Charles LloydMirror
7 Neon QuartetCatch Me
8 Gwilym SimcockBlues Vignette
9 Christine TobinTapestry Unravelled
10 Norma WinstoneStories Yet to Tell

Brian Boyd

1 DeerhunterHalcyon Digest
2 Band of HorsesInfinite Arms
3 Robert PlantBand of Joy
4 MGMTCongratulations
5 O EmperorHither Thither
6 JónsiGo
7 John Legend and The RootsWake Up!
8 GorillazPlastic Beach
9 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
10 Beach HouseTeen Dream

Joe Breen

1 Bruce SpringsteenThe Promise
2 Richard ThompsonDream Attic
3 Taylor SwiftSpeak Now
4 Willie NelsonCountry Music
5 Robert PlantBand of Joy
6 Basia BulatHeart of My Own
7 Rachel HarringtonCelilo Falls
8 Natalie MerchantLeave Your Sleep
9 The Duke and the KingLong Live the Duke and the King
10 Neil YoungLe Noise

Sinéad Gleeson


1 Beach HouseTeen Dream
2 CaribouSwim
3 Joanna NewsomHave One on Me
4 The NationalHigh Violet
5 Tame ImpalaInnerspeaker
6 Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz
7 StornowayBeachcomber’s Windowsill
8 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
9 WarpaintThe Fool
10 Pearly Gate MusicPearly Gate Music

Michael Dervan

1 Mark Padmore (tenor), Paul Lewis (piano)Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin
2 Maurizio Pollini (piano)Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
3 Freiburger Barockorchester/ Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der GoltzTelemann’s Musique de Table
4 La Serenissima/Adrian Chandler (violin)Antonio Vivaldi – Gods, Emperors and Angels
5 Chor der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel/Anthony RooleyHayes’s The Passions
6 Nina Janßen (clarinet), Ensemble Modern/Franck Ollu, Johannes KalitzkeEnsemble Pieces by Arnulf Herrmann
7 Belcea Quartet, Valentin Erben (cello)Schubert’s String Quintet & Late Quartets
8 Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Thomas E Bauer (bass), Furio Zanani (bass), La Risonanza/ Fabio Bonizzoni (harpsichord)Handel’s Italian Cantatas, Vol 7
9 Andreas Scholl (counter tenor,baritone), Shield of HarmonyOswald Von Wolkenstein – Songs of Myself
10 London Symphony Orchestra/Valery GergievProkofiev’s Romeo and Juliet

Jim Carroll

1 Flying Lotus Cosmogramma
2 VillagersBecoming a Jackal
3 Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
4 Beach HouseTeen Dream
5 GorillazPlastic Beach
6 Sleigh BellsTreats
7 Gil Scott HeronI’m New Here
8 Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9 Lindstrøm & ChristabelleReal Life Is No Cool
10 Perfume GeniusLearning

Siobhan Long

1 Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Triúr Sa Draighean
2 Andy Cutting
Andy Cutting
3 Matt Cranitch & Jackie DalyThe Living Stream
4 Louis de Paor & Ronan BrowneAgus Rud Eile/And Another Thing
5 BrendAn Begley & Caoimhín Ó RaghallaighLe Gealaigh/A Moment of Madness
6 Nuala KennedyTune In
7 LunfardiaAcollarados
8 TéadaCeol Agus Cuimhne/Music and Memory
9 Andy IrvineAbocurragh
10 Chris WoodHandmade Life
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