The AllMusic

Decade In Review

What was the narrative that flowed through the music of the past 10 years? Is there an iconic image that will be used as shorthand for the era? If there is, it's probably the digital play button (hear selections from our list on Spotify). As the streaming age took hold, audiences fractured wildly, making the musical story of the past decade perhaps the most wide-ranging we've seen yet.

Our editors' list of the decade's 200 best albums reflects the complexities of modern listening: from our favorite French robots to the final dispatches of now-departed icons to a surprising number of Odd Future affiliates, even this quantity and variety of albums likely leaves a few stones unturned. But we did our best.

2010

Teen Dream

Beach House

Teen Dream

January 26, 2010

The duo's lavishly heartbroken Sub Pop debut is filled with songs wise enough not to idealize love, and romantic enough to still believe in it.

A Small Turn of Human Kindness

Harvey Milk

A Small Turn of Human Kindness

May 18, 2010

Harvey Milk return to their roots with their most challenging album in years.

The ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe

The ArchAndroid

May 18, 2010

The dynamo's Bad Boy debut has more imagination, conceptual detail, and stylistic turnabouts than most gatefold prog rock epics.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2

Jonathan Nott / Bamberger Symphoniker

Mahler: Symphony No. 2

May 25, 2010

Jonathan Nott's brilliant recording of Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony is quite close to being an ideal performance for audiophiles.

Splazsh

Actress

Splazsh

June 8, 2010

Darren Cunningham transfigures dubstep, IDM, garage, and experimental techno, among other subterranean sounds, to astounding effect.

Before Today

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

Before Today

June 8, 2010

Pink's first album recorded in a professional studio is still plenty weird, mixing soft rock, synth pop, and stadium rock with goofily surreal lyrics.

DJ-Kicks

Kode9

DJ-Kicks

June 22, 2010

The Hyperdub operator's !K7 DJ mix is an uncommonly vigorous set of post-dubstep, grime, U.K. funky, broken beat, and avant-R&B.

The Suburbs

Arcade Fire

The Suburbs

August 3, 2010

If nostalgia is just pain recalled, repaired, and resold, The Suburbs is its sales manual.

Chamber Music Society

Esperanza Spalding

Chamber Music Society

August 17, 2010

Esperanza Spalding ups her own ante with a diverse, musically sophisticated program on Chamber Music Society.

Spiral Shadow

Kylesa

Spiral Shadow

August 20, 2010

The Georgia metal outfit delve into melodic psychedelia on their masterful fifth effort.

The Guitar Song

Jamey Johnson

The Guitar Song

September 14, 2010

Johnson's sprawling album puts the OUTLAW back into country music with grit, craft, and passion.

Airtight's Revenge

Bilal

Airtight's Revenge

September 14, 2010

A heavy, messy, and dynamite return from one of the era's most electrifying vocalists.

Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter

Halcyon Digest

September 28, 2010

The band plays with layers of nostalgia on this surprisingly gentle exploration of how fleeting, and important, memories can be.

Sale el Sol

Shakira

Sale el Sol

October 19, 2010

Shakira's seventh studio album, available in both Spanish and English versions, features collaborations with Dominican rapper El Cata.

Body Talk

Robyn

Body Talk

November 22, 2010

The full-length Body Talk consolidates Robyn's strengths as an innovative, heartfelt songwriter and pop star.

Marrow of the Spirit

Agalloch

Marrow of the Spirit

November 22, 2010

Epic back-to-basics fourth album from the Oregonian extreme metal pioneers.

Love Me Back

Jazmine Sullivan

Love Me Back

November 30, 2010

The sequel to the powerhouse singer/songwriter's Grammy-nominated debut sprawls and stuns in equal measure.

2011

Graylen Epicenter

David Binney

Graylen Epicenter

January 6, 2011

With an all-star cast, David Binney's Graylen Epicenter is the most ambitious and satisfying recording of his career thus far.

21

Adele

21

January 24, 2011

The Grammy-winning sophomore album from the soulful pop diva featured the single "Rolling in the Deep."

Tryptych

Demdike Stare

Tryptych

February 1, 2011

The Lancastrian terror alchemists combine and expand their three continuously mesmerizing releases from 2010.

Let England Shake

PJ Harvey

Let England Shake

February 15, 2011

By turning her focus from the personal to the political on these angry, mournful songs, Harvey reaches new artistic heights.

Diotima

Krallice

Diotima

April 25, 2011

Cathartic and complex third set from the New York black metal gang pushes them in an epic, progressive direction.

Aesthethica

Liturgy

Aesthethica

May 10, 2011

With the extremity of its sophistication and power, Liturgy's sophomore album may transcend the metal genre entirely.

Iconoclast

Symphony X

Iconoclast

June 20, 2011

In signature fashion, New Jersey's prog metal veterans explore the potential for disaster in the age of technological overkill on their eighth long-player.

The Harrow & the Harvest

Gillian Welch

The Harrow & the Harvest

June 28, 2011

After eight long years, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings return with her strongest album since Time (The Revelator).

Hell on Heels

Pistol Annies

Hell on Heels

August 30, 2011

The debut album from this country power trio headed by Miranda Lambert is heavy on strong songwriting and pure fun.

Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet

London Steve Reich Ensemble

Reich: Different Trains; Piano Counterpoint; Triple Quartet

September 12, 2011

Alternate versions of these attractive pieces make this an indispensible recording for anyone who loves Reich's music.

Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls

Veronica Falls

September 20, 2011

Veronica Falls' debut album is a thrilling blend of indie pop hooks, punk energy, and post-punk gloom, sweetened by Roxanne Clifford's captivating vocals.

Svartir Sandar

Solstafir

Svartir Sandar

October 17, 2011

Grim and groovy, this sprawling set from the heavy Icelandic crew is an evocative treat.

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

M83

Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

October 18, 2011

Sprawling, lush, and retro-futuristic, Anthony Gonzalez's double-album statement helped set the tone for synth pop in the 2010s.

Ceremonials

Florence + the Machine

Ceremonials

October 31, 2011

Bigger and bolder than 2009's excellent Lungs, rolling in like fog over the Thames and doling out a heavy-handed mix of Brit-pop-infused neo-soul anthems and lush, movie trailer-ready ballads.

Replica

Oneohtrix Point Never

Replica

November 5, 2011

A dizzying, jostled, and strangely emotionally resonant collection of nostalgia-sparking samples and abstract synth ambiance.

Weather

Meshell Ndegeocello

Weather

November 15, 2011

The unclassifiable maverick illustrates a spectrum of aching emotions throughout one of the finest and rawest recordings of her career.

Adrian Younge Presents Something About April

Venice Dawn / Adrian Younge

Adrian Younge Presents Something About April

November 29, 2011

Eerie, psychedelic soul and pop filtered with masterful skill through decades of breakbeat culture.

2012

Black Radio

Robert Glasper / Robert Glasper Experiment

Black Radio

February 28, 2012

The Robert Glasper Experiment blurs the genres of popular music to creating something entirely original.

John Adams: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Michael Tilson Thomas / San Francisco Symphony

John Adams: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine

March 1, 2012

Tilson Thomas' powerful reading of Adams' Harmonielehre comes close to being definitive, and the playing of the San Francisco Symphony is superb.

Visions

Grimes

Visions

March 12, 2012

The dazzling hybrid of dream pop, synth pop, R&B, and dance music on Grimes' 4AD debut helped shape the sound of the 2010s.

The Money Store

Death Grips

The Money Store

April 23, 2012

The avant hip-hop crew offer a dark ball of anti-matter rap on their exciting major-label debut.

Reggae Music Again

Busy Signal

Reggae Music Again

April 23, 2012

Jamaican superstar takes a turn from dancehall to roots, rocksteady, and lover's rock styles on this riveting collection.

Harmonicraft

Torche

Harmonicraft

April 23, 2012

On album number three, the Floridians delivering a tight collection of hooky metal, chock-full of driving riffs and soaring melodies.

Goodbye Normal Street

Turnpike Troubadours

Goodbye Normal Street

May 8, 2012

For their third album, Turnpike Troubadours hunker down and hone their hard Texas country.

Ten Freedom Summers

Wadada Leo Smith

Ten Freedom Summers

May 22, 2012

This four-disc, five-hour work is the composer and trumpeter's magnum opus, written and performed as tribute to the Civil Rights movement.

Kill for Love

Chromatics

Kill for Love

May 26, 2012

Shadowy synth pop band offers some of its most ambitious work with this densely crafted and cinematic album.

The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

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

June 19, 2012

Fiona Apple strips her music down to its core on her fourth original album.

Rebirth

Jimmy Cliff

Rebirth

July 17, 2012

The reggae veteran partners with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong on this vital return to form.

Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

Channel Orange

July 17, 2012

The Odd Future affiliate's descriptive and subtle storytelling hits its highest level on a full-length worthy of complete immersion.

Devotion

Jessie Ware

Devotion

August 20, 2012

A sophisticated, stimulating debut that belongs in a U.K. art-pop class with Roxy Music's Avalon, Sade's Diamond Life, and the Blue Nile's Hats.

3 Pears

Dwight Yoakam

3 Pears

September 18, 2012

Dwight Yoakam returns with 3 Pears, a colorful, adventurous album that ranks among his very best.

Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel

Kaleidoscope Dream

October 2, 2012

San Pedro's greatest musical export since Minutemen offers a second album that's as pleasurable as modern pop-R&B gets.

All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge

All We Love We Leave Behind

October 8, 2012

Converge's eighth studio album further cements the group's reputation as Webster's definition of American hardcore.

Lonerism

Tame Impala

Lonerism

October 8, 2012

Tame Impala return with a spacier, less guitar-heavy vibe on their second album.

Red

Taylor Swift

Red

October 22, 2012

Taylor Swift makes her big pop crossover move on Red.

Luxury Problems

Andy Stott

Luxury Problems

November 6, 2012

Creeping, spellbinding menace from the "knackered house" sovereign, joined here by opera-trained singer Alison Skidmore and other voices.

2013

Wagner: Die Walküre

Ekaterina Gubanova / Anja Kampe / Jonas Kaufmann / René Pape / Mikhail Petrenko / Nina Stemme / Valery Gergiev

Wagner: Die Walküre

February 4, 2013

Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra present a superb version of Wagner's Die Walküre, their first Ring release.

Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

Terri Lyne Carrington

Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue

February 5, 2013

Terri Lyne Carrington and her trio re-vision the classic Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach album Money Jungle on its 50th anniversary.

Meir

Kvelertak

Meir

March 25, 2013

The Norwegian party black metal evangelists deliver a face-melting sermon on their stellar sophomore effort and Roadrunner Records debut.

Paramore

Paramore

Paramore

April 8, 2013

Paramore's fourth album, produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, is the band's transcendent, genre-breaking masterpiece.

Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Kurt Vile / Kurt Vile & the Violators

Wakin on a Pretty Daze

April 8, 2013

With longer songs and more articulate production, the fifth album from this drifty Philly songwriter is his brightest and most complex work to date.

Overgrown

James Blake

Overgrown

May 5, 2013

Following his breakthrough 2011 debut, the second album from this dubstep-via-fractured R&B producer cultivates a similarly haunting atmosphere.

Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires of the City

May 14, 2013

The band get introspective on their third album, contemplating maturity and mortality with a light, confident touch.

Random Access Memories

Daft Punk

Random Access Memories

May 20, 2013

By tapping into the wonder and excitement of the music of the '70s and '80s, the duo deliver one of the finest electronic albums of the 2010s.

...Like Clockwork

Queens of the Stone Age

...Like Clockwork

June 4, 2013

The band reunite with Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri but sound markedly different on this bold, complex album.

Settle

Disclosure

Settle

June 11, 2013

The sibling dance synthesists follow three major U.K. pop hits with a debut album abundant in pleasures.

Sunbather

Deafheaven

Sunbather

June 11, 2013

Bay area band temper black metal's icy catharsis with warmth and reflection on their excellent sophomore release.

Yeezus

Kanye West

Yeezus

June 18, 2013

Anger and ego both overfloweth, but West's stunning, punkish sixth solo album is unlike anything you've heard before.

3.0

Marc Anthony

3.0

July 23, 2013

After nearly a decade, the Latin superstar returns to salsa and delivers a solid, punchy, passionate set led by a chart-topping single.

AM

Arctic Monkeys

AM

September 9, 2013

A moody, adventurous, late-night album thick with heavy riffs and barbed songwriting.

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

Gustavo Dudamel / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

September 16, 2013

Richard Strauss, Gustavo Dudamel, and the Berlin Philharmonic make this 2013 Deutsche Grammophon release a magnificent feast for the ears.

Love in Flying Colors

The Foreign Exchange

Love in Flying Colors

September 24, 2013

Nicolay and Phonte's joyous and audacious fourth album brims with note-perfect incorporation of folk-soul, house, drum'n'bass, and broken beat.

The Bones of What You Believe

Chvrches

The Bones of What You Believe

September 24, 2013

The Glasgow trio's debut delivers emotional, widescreen synth pop that became one of the definitive sounds of the 2010s.

Old

Danny Brown

Old

October 1, 2013

Detroit rapper masterfully balances technical brilliance and bizarre tangents on this smart, funny, and effortlessly stunning album.

Soul Music

Special Request

Soul Music

October 7, 2013

British house producer Paul Woolford pays tribute to U.K. pirate radio, jungle, and breakbeat hardcore with his first album as Special Request.

Double Cup

DJ Rashad

Double Cup

October 21, 2013

The producer’s first album for the Hyperdub album is an excellent expansion of the footwork genre.

12 Stories

Brandy Clark

12 Stories

October 22, 2013

Superb debut by the country songwriter known for hits by Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and the Band Perry.

Night Time, My Time

Sky Ferreira

Night Time, My Time

October 29, 2013

Ferreira's debut album confirms her status as pop's dark horse, and is more shocking in its consistency and creativity than its outrageous touches.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

December 13, 2013

Surprise-released during a world tour, an expansive and purposeful work showcasing an artist in total control, at her creative and commercial peak.

2014

New World Quartets

The Brodsky Quartet

New World Quartets

January 6, 2014

This superb release by Britain's Brodsky Quartet makes a fine place to start with performances of American music by British and continental European groups.

Singles

Future Islands

Singles

February 4, 2014

The group's fourth album finds them streamlining their synth pop-influenced sound into something danceable and emotionally cutting.

Formula, Vol. 2

Romeo Santos

Formula, Vol. 2

February 25, 2014

On his second studio album, the bachata star not only delivers on the promise of his debut, he surpasses it in ambition and craft.

MultiViral

Calle 13

MultiViral

February 28, 2014

Political commentary and artistic freedom power the Puerto Rican hip-hop group's excellent 2014 effort.

Atlas

Real Estate

Atlas

March 3, 2014

More sophisticated, straightforward, and confident, the third album from these tuneful indie rockers is their most mature.

Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs

Lost in the Dream

March 17, 2014

Third album of dreamy, understated, and slowly unfurling rock stands as this Philly group's finest hour.

Under the Skin [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Mica Levi

Under the Skin [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

March 17, 2014

The Micachu & the Shapes frontwoman's first score and solo project is a brilliantly simple study in terror and tension.

Vengo

Ana Tijoux

Vengo

March 18, 2014

This flawless, wildly ambitious offering is not only mature, but sets a new bar for creativity in Latin music.

Salad Days

Mac DeMarco

Salad Days

April 1, 2014

Canadian goofball grows up alongside his lighthearted but deceptively complex pop style, offering his most consistent set of songs as he ponders aging.

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sturgill Simpson

Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

May 13, 2014

On his sophomore effort, the singer/songwriter expands his songwriting and sonic reach but stays country to the core.

Toumani & Sidiki

Sidiki Diabaté / Toumani Diabaté

Toumani & Sidiki

May 13, 2014

The kora's modern master and his eldest son team up to deliver a mesmerizing set of unadorned duets on their debut together.

A U R O R A

Ben Frost

A U R O R A

May 26, 2014

Composed in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, this dark, menacing set is the enigmatic composer's masterpiece thus far.

Divide and Exit

Sleaford Mods

Divide and Exit

May 28, 2014

The Nottingham duo's brilliantly crude breakthrough proves they're one of the most truly punk acts of the 2010s.

Alvvays

Alvvays

Alvvays

July 22, 2014

Fantastic debut from dreamy-eyed and undeniably catchy Canadian indie pop quintet.

Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces

Lese Majesty

July 29, 2014

Seattle's left-field hip-hop duo grow musically and up the art on their brilliant sophomore effort.

LP1

FKA twigs

LP1

August 6, 2014

The multi-talented artist's first full-length expands on her innovative sounds and bittersweet sensuality.

Angels & Devils

The Bug

Angels & Devils

August 26, 2014

Half-threatening, half-punishing collision of dub, ragga, grime, and other strands -- a masterstroke from Kevin Martin and crew.

Coisa Boa

Moreno Veloso

Coisa Boa

September 9, 2014

On his first record in 13 years, the Brazilian songwriter delivers an intimate, spacious, nearly perfect collection of simple yet elegant songs.

Syro

Aphex Twin

Syro

September 23, 2014

Anchored by bass lines that zip and glide, this is one of Richard D. James' most inviting releases, a bright progression from his Analord series.

You're Dead!

Flying Lotus

You're Dead!

October 7, 2014

Steven Ellison confronts mortality and pushes four genres forward at once.

Senzu-Rah

Régulo Caro

Senzu-Rah

October 28, 2014

Fourth album from the young Sinaloan delivers an ambitious range of modern banda, norteño, and cumbia.

Run the Jewels 2

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels 2

October 28, 2014

Growing into something serious, rappers El-P and Killer Mike stun once again with this excellent sequel.

Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin

Mahan Esfahani

Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin

November 11, 2014

Mahan Esfahani offers exquisite interpretations of Rameau's complete keyboard works on this double-disc from Hyperion.

Todo Tiene Su Hora

Juan Luis Guerra / Juan Luis Guerra y 440

Todo Tiene Su Hora

November 11, 2014

The Dominican legend delivers a stellar collection of bachatas, merengues, sons, and salsas, all done with a sense of musical adventure.

Black Messiah

D'Angelo / D'Angelo and the Vanguard

Black Messiah

December 15, 2014

The soul enigma's first album in 14 years is bristly, bracing, and more outward-looking than his first two classics.

2015

Vulnicura

Björk

Vulnicura

January 20, 2015

A brave, challenging immersion in total heartbreak that reconnects Björk with the emotional core of her music.

I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

February 9, 2015

Caustic retro-pop confectioner Josh Tilmann finds true love on his second outing under the Father John Misty moniker.

To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015

Already excellent Compton rapper transcends to new levels of musicality and expression with this visceral, heartbreaking, and unrelenting masterstroke.

Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

March 24, 2015

Invigorating, compelling debut from the wry and furious Australian singer/songwriter.

Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell

March 30, 2015

The acclaimed singer/songwriter confronts the death of his mother with this powerful song cycle of memory and loss.

Sirope

Alejandro Sanz

Sirope

May 4, 2015

The Spanish singer and songwriter pushes many musical boundaries in a provocative, breathtaking collection.

The Epic

Kamasi Washington

The Epic

May 5, 2015

A massive, accessible, revelatory debut by the veteran L.A. saxophonist, his large band, strings, and a choir.

Meliora

Ghost

Meliora

May 11, 2015

Ghost look toward world domination with their most accessible and expertly executed meld of pop, rock, and metal yet.

Hoy Más Fuerte

Gerardo Ortíz

Hoy Más Fuerte

May 19, 2015

The great songwriter and accordionist greatly ups his own creative ante with this excellent 26-track album.

In Colour

Jamie xx

In Colour

June 2, 2015

The influential producer's reflective yet engaging debut album covers the entire spectrum of his music.

Ego Death

The Internet

Ego Death

June 29, 2015

The singular R&B band's third and best album exhibits Sydney Bennett's refined, still-candid songwriting.

Summertime '06

Vince Staples

Summertime '06

June 30, 2015

With Clams Casino and NoID, the West Coast rapper makes his official debut with this excellent double LP.

DS2

Future

DS2

July 17, 2015

Drugs and hooks fill the rapper's hallucinatory and excellent 2015 LP.

E-MO-TION

Carly Rae Jepsen

E-MO-TION

August 21, 2015

Sophisticated yet exuberant as a crush, Jepsen's second album established her as a consistently winning pop star.

Sibelius: The Symphonies

Okko Kamu / Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius: The Symphonies

September 4, 2015

Sibelius' complete symphonies are presented in an exceptionally clear and coherent survey by Okku Kamu and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter

Have You in My Wilderness

September 21, 2015

The singer/composer's fourth album offers a more approachable version of her music's breathtaking beauty and ambition.

Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Hamilton: An American Musical [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

October 16, 2015

Hip-hop and diverse casting meet Revolutionary America in innovative -- and delightful -- musical theater.

Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church

Mr. Misunderstood

November 5, 2015

Shorn of excess, this surprise album from Eric Church is a muscular, moving record.

Elaenia

Floating Points

Elaenia

November 13, 2015

Sam Shepherd and supporting players' exacting and dazzling cross between modern creative jazz and ambient techno.

2016

Blackstar

David Bowie

Blackstar

January 8, 2016

Bowie continues his 21st century comeback with this restless, explorative collection of jazzy art-pop.

Malibu

Anderson .Paak

Malibu

January 22, 2016

High and hard times resonate deeply on the stellar second LP from the multidimensional madcap.

Anti

Rihanna

Anti

February 5, 2016

Perched halfway between heartbreak and ennui, Anti is melancholy, cohesive, and compelling.

We Are King

King

We Are King

February 5, 2016

Beatific electronic soul, all about plush grooves and rich harmonies, slow-cooked to perfection.

Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price

Midwest Farmer's Daughter

March 25, 2016

A smart, soulful retro-country debut that feels caught between the country and the city, along with the head and the heart.

Nonagon Infinity

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

Nonagon Infinity

April 29, 2016

The ever-evolving psychedelic tricksters deliver their fiercest album yet, influenced by early heavy metal and made to be played continuously.

Coloring Book

Chance the Rapper

Coloring Book

May 12, 2016

Triumphant and uplifting third mixtape from the charismatic Chancelor Bennett, operating at the top of his game.

Hero

Maren Morris

Hero

June 3, 2016

An inventive, thoroughly modern, and tremendous debut from the country singer/songwriter.

Puberty 2

Mitski

Puberty 2

June 17, 2016

On her gutsy and affecting fourth LP and Dead Oceans debut, the indie rocker addresses a crisis of belonging.

Stranger Things, Vol. 1 [Original Television Soundtrack]

Kyle Dixon / Michael Stein

Stranger Things, Vol. 1 [Original Television Soundtrack]

August 12, 2016

Members of atmospheric synth group S U R V I V E deliver a score that transcends its roots in vintage electronic sounds.

Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave / Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Skeleton Tree

September 9, 2016

Largely written and recorded in the wake of the death of the artist's son, this is a powerful work concerning mourning and grief.

Orphée

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Orphée

September 16, 2016

The composer's first album in six years builds on the Orpheus myth, exploring death, rebirth, and creativity with affecting nuance and beauty.

A Seat at the Table

Solange

A Seat at the Table

September 30, 2016

Potent, cathartic, and tender, the third album from the expectation-defying singer, songwriter, and producer weighs a ton and levitates.

Let Them Eat Chaos

Kate Tempest

Let Them Eat Chaos

October 14, 2016

The British poet/rapper paints a chaotic world told through a South London microcosm on her masterful second effort.

We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest

We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

November 11, 2016

On their first record in 18 years, the group capture what made them great while giving their sound a modern update.

Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 'Death and the Maiden'; Sibelius: String Quartet Op. 56 'Intimate Voices'

Ehnes Quartet

Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 'Death and the Maiden'; Sibelius: String Quartet Op. 56 'Intimate Voices'

November 18, 2016

The Ehnes Quartet delivers exceptional performances of Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" and Sibelius' "Intimate Voices" string quartets.

The Weight of These Wings

Miranda Lambert

The Weight of These Wings

November 18, 2016

A moody, muddy, and audacious double album from Miranda Lambert.

2017

Max Richter: Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works [Limited Edition]

Max Richter

Max Richter: Three Worlds – Music from Woolf Works [Limited Edition]

January 27, 2017

The composer's music for a ballet inspired by Virginia Woolf's novels is a brilliant testament to both artists' skills.

Freedom Highway

Rhiannon Giddens

Freedom Highway

February 24, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens digs deep into American folklore on her second album.

A Crow Looked at Me

Mount Eerie

A Crow Looked at Me

March 24, 2017

Recorded shortly after the death of Phil Elverum's wife, Geneviève Castrée, this is a beautiful, harrowing expression of grief.

Arca

Arca

Arca

April 7, 2017

The producer's vulnerable third album puts her voice and the beauty of her music at the forefront in moving, exciting ways.

Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Nicole Mitchell

Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

May 5, 2017

The flutist/composer delivers a narrative concept that explores the intersections of duality in a startlingly unique musical language.

Jei Beibi

Café Tacuba

Jei Beibi

May 5, 2017

After a five-year wait, one of the best bands on the planet delivers a woozy, dizzying exercise in 21st century pop.

Amar y Vivir

La Santa Cecilia

Amar y Vivir

May 12, 2017

The Los Angeles band creates a stunning live-to-tape audio-visual album playing classic boleros, rancheras, and more in the plazas, bars, and theaters of Mexico City.

Mis Planes Son Amarte

Juanes

Mis Planes Son Amarte

May 12, 2017

The Colombian rock star delivers what may be his finest moment: A sense-altering audio-visual album about the nature and necessity of love.

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, Complete Ballet

François-Xavier Roth / Les Siècles

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis & Chloé, Complete Ballet

May 17, 2017

François-Xavier Roth and his period instruments ensemble Les Siècles re-create Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé with the sounds of its 1912 premiere.

Black Origami

Jlin

Black Origami

May 19, 2017

Gary, Indiana-based producer expands beyond her roots in footwork with her monumental and rhythmically dense second full-length.

Kentucky

Panopticon

Kentucky

June 4, 2017

A scathing exploration of socioeconomic oppression, delivered with the unlikely pairing of bluegrass and black metal styles.

You Don't Own Me Anymore

The Secret Sisters

You Don't Own Me Anymore

June 9, 2017

Produced by Brandi Carlile, the Rogers sisters' third LP is a marvel of quiet grandeur and steely Southern pragmatism.

Ctrl

SZA

Ctrl

June 9, 2017

Solana Rowe's first true LP, less inhibited and more colorful than her previous work, wields distinct power even when it transmits internal conflict.

Melodrama

Lorde

Melodrama

June 16, 2017

Lorde broadens her sonic and emotional palette on her excellent second album.

Carnevale 1729

Ann Hallenberg / Il Pomo d'Oro

Carnevale 1729

June 16, 2017

This is one of those rare recordings that break entirely new ground yet remain a pure pleasure.

Flower Boy

Tyler, The Creator

Flower Boy

July 21, 2017

An open-hearted, vulnerable, and wide-scoped creative leap from the self-produced Odd Future co-founder.

Slowheart

Kip Moore

Slowheart

September 8, 2017

Kip Moore comes into his own on his big-sounding, big-hearted third album.

Dreams and Daggers

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Dreams and Daggers

September 29, 2017

An emotionally layered set of live and studio recordings featuring the singer and her trio, as well as the classical string ensemble the Catalyst Quartet.

Take Me Apart

Kelela

Take Me Apart

October 6, 2017

Soul-piercing hyperballads and zero-gravity club tracks color the singer's riveting Warp debut.

MASSEDUCTION

St. Vincent

MASSEDUCTION

October 13, 2017

Annie Clark's fifth album weaponizes pop's trappings, transforming them into sad, witty songs about desire and destruction.

Expectativas

Bunbury

Expectativas

October 20, 2017

Spain's iconic rocker surrounds himself with vintage keyboards, his road band, and saxophonist Santiago de Campo in delivering dramatic, passionate songs.

2018

Zero

Matthew Shipp

Zero

February 23, 2018

On this effort, the pianist simultaneously delivers his most accessible solo recording, and the one most densely packed with provocative information.

Code Girl

Mary Halvorson

Code Girl

March 30, 2018

The guitarist and composer's new quintet juxtaposes and recontextualizes avant-jazz, rock, folk, and improvisation in 14 provocative songs.

Your Queen Is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet

Your Queen Is a Reptile

March 30, 2018

The ensemble led by Shabaka Hutchings debuts on Impulse! with a political album that sounds like a street party in the making.

Golden Hour

Kacey Musgraves

Golden Hour

March 30, 2018

An emotionally candid, blissfully soft blend of classic country composition and modern pop.

Care for Me

Saba

Care for Me

April 5, 2018

Second album by this Chicago rapper is an emotionally complex and painfully vulnerable reaction to the murder of a close family member.

The Sciences

Sleep

The Sciences

April 20, 2018

The first album in decades from the stoner rock pioneers is a heavyweight dose of gargantuan riffs and righteous weed.

Sparrow

Ashley Monroe

Sparrow

April 20, 2018

A sumptuous, string-laden semi-autobiographical song cycle.

A Soprano's Schubertiade

Carolyn Sampson / Joseph Middleton

A Soprano's Schubertiade

May 11, 2018

Superb interpretations of Schubert, technically flawless, intimate, and deeply felt.

Vibras

J Balvin

Vibras

May 25, 2018

The Colombian songwriter and singer ignores the language barrier, doubles down on reggaeton, and furthers his quest for pop domination.

Kids See Ghosts

Kid Cudi / Kids See Ghosts / Kanye West

Kids See Ghosts

June 8, 2018

This eponymous debut from Kanye West and Kid Cudi is a compact, lushly produced, and thrilling collaboration.

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

SOPHIE

Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides

June 15, 2018

The producer's debut album is a bold and affecting exploration of imagination and reinvention.

Bon Voyage

Melody's Echo Chamber

Bon Voyage

June 15, 2018

Free-flowing prog-psych made under the imaginative direction of Melody Prochet with help from members of Dungen and the Amazing.

Third

Nathan Salsburg

Third

July 20, 2018

The Louisville guitarist's gorgeous and earthy third outing features nothing but a solo acoustic guitar.

Sweetener

Ariana Grande

Sweetener

August 17, 2018

Ariana Grande matures on the focused and fine Sweetener.

Aura

Ozuna

Aura

August 24, 2018

There is no sophomore slump evident on the artist's second long-player, absolutely stacked with romantic performances and numerous guests.

Negro Swan

Blood Orange

Negro Swan

August 24, 2018

Dev Hynes' most touching LP mixes and bounds between bedsit post-punk, desolate dream pop, chillwave-coated quiet storm, and low-profile hip-hop soul.

Love Yourself: Answer

BTS

Love Yourself: Answer

August 24, 2018

Third and final installment of the love-and-loss narrative arc finds the K-pop group at the top of its game.

Room 25

Noname

Room 25

September 14, 2018

Remarkable debut album from Chicagoan rapper/poet Noname, effortlessly blending introspection with humor over lush, jazzy arrangements.

Emanon

Wayne Shorter

Emanon

September 14, 2018

A conceptual four-part studio suite with orchestra, a graphic novel (enclosed), and two live discs showcasing a vital quartet, make this a compelling package.

Arvo Pärt

Viktoria Mullova / Paavo Järvi

Arvo Pärt

September 21, 2018

A superb fresh take on Pärt from Russian violinist Mullova, approved by the composer.

Chris

Christine and the Queens

Chris

September 21, 2018

The singer/songwriter's triumphant second album borrows from '80s R&B and questions gender roles, engaging minds, hearts, and bodies along the way.

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Funeral Song; Game of Cards; Concerto in D "Basel"; Agon

Gustavo Gimeno

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Funeral Song; Game of Cards; Concerto in D "Basel"; Agon

October 19, 2018

Gustavo Gimeno and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg present key works from Stravinsky's Russian, neoclassical, and serial periods.

Universal Beings

Makaya McCraven

Universal Beings

October 26, 2018

The drummer's "organic beat music" is articulated brilliantly by editing the music of four different ensembles improvising live in four cities.

You Won't Get What You Want

Daughters

You Won't Get What You Want

October 26, 2018

In looking to capture the ugliness of humanity, Daughters have crafted their most vital outing to date.

Monte Sagrado

Draco Rosa

Monte Sagrado

October 26, 2018

After two prolonged battles with cancer, the artist returns with his first studio album in nine years and it's a rocker.

El Mal Querer

Rosalía

El Mal Querer

November 2, 2018

The Barcelona-based singer, songwriter, and actress delivers her sophomore outing that weds flamenco and copla to R&B and urban pop.

Some Rap Songs

Earl Sweatshirt

Some Rap Songs

November 30, 2018

The third album from this innovational rapper finds him taking risks with warped lo-fi beats and jagged, dreamlike production.

Golden Rule

Muriel Grossmann

Golden Rule

December 15, 2018

The Ibiza-based Austrian saxophonist's brand of spiritual jazz uses Coltrane's example to jump into the soulful, stirring unknown.

2019

Trio Tapestry

Joe Lovano

Trio Tapestry

January 25, 2019

A richly atmospheric set featuring the saxophonist's trio with pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Carmen Castaldi.

Glitter Wolf

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom / Allison Miller

Glitter Wolf

February 1, 2019

An exuberant road trip of an album cross-pollinated with Latin and New Orleans grooves, klezmer harmonies, and far-eyed jazz modalism.

Ancestral Recall

Christian Scott

Ancestral Recall

March 22, 2019

A culturally aware, musically expansive dreamscape of an album from the New Orleans-born trumpeter.

Titanic Rising

Weyes Blood

Titanic Rising

April 5, 2019

Fourth album from this versatile indie-bred songwriter leans into orchestral soft rock touches for some of her most direct and fully formed work.

U.F.O.F.

Big Thief

U.F.O.F.

May 3, 2019

The indie folk-rockers' impressionistic third album is a foray into artful album rock that incorporates improvisation and samples.

LEGACY! LEGACY!

Jamila Woods

LEGACY! LEGACY!

May 10, 2019

A galvanizing declaration of pride, support, and discontent from the poet and modern R&B singer/songwriter.

Star People Nation

Theo Croker

Star People Nation

May 17, 2019

A cosmic fusion of jazz, electronic traditions, hip-hop, and R&B inform the trumpeter's elevated fifth album produced by Karriem Riggins.

Gold & Grey

Baroness

Gold & Grey

June 14, 2019

With new guitarist Gina Gleason, the band deliver their most diverse, kaleidoscopic, intricate release to date.

Purple Mountains

Purple Mountains

Purple Mountains

July 12, 2019

Singer/songwriter David Berman's final album is filled with lonely songs that are as warm as a hug from a long-lost friend.

Bandana

Freddie Gibbs / Madlib

Bandana

July 26, 2019

Five years after the Top 40 LP Piñata, the Gary, IN-Oxnard, CA alliance resumes with more ingeniously coarse rhymes and heady productions.

Mahler 1

Osmo Vänskä / Minnesota Orchestra

Mahler 1

August 2, 2019

Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra deliver an exceptional performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D major.

Love and Liberation

Jazzmeia Horn

Love and Liberation

August 23, 2019

The award-winning jazz vocalist offers an ebullient, deeply soulful sophomore album.

Jimmy Lee

Raphael Saadiq

Jimmy Lee

August 23, 2019

The R&B giant breaks from background work to make the most riveting and autobiographical LP of his career.

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Lana Del Rey

Norman Fucking Rockwell!

August 30, 2019

Sixth album from this icon of sad pop is her most subtle and majestic yet.