Hot Press Critics Albums of The Year 2010
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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2010
If we've learnt one thing this year it is that the death of the album has been greatly exaggerated. Our Hot Press critics' poll below is proof enough - a whole host of great long-players from Irish and international acts alike. Top of the list is our Album Of The Year, Villagers' fantastic Becoming A Jackal. It has had to fend off considerable competition from the likes of The National, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire, and is the highlight of an incredible 12 months in Irish music with acts such as Cathy Davey and Cast Of Cheers deservedly taking their places on the poll. So see our critics' top 30 (in order) for yourself, and if there are any you missed out on, what are you waiting for? Get listening. The Hot Press Critics Albums of the Year are voted for by the contributors to Hot Press Magazine and are included in the HMV 'Poll of Polls' along with other such titles as Q and The Guardian. Posted 17 December

VILLAGERS
1. HOT PRESS CRITICS ALBUM OF THE YEAR: BECOMING A JACKAL
 [Domino]
Posted 17 December

THE NATIONAL
2. HIGH VIOLET
 [4AD]
Posted 17 December

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
3. THIS IS HAPPENING
 [DFA]
Posted 17 December

ARCADE FIRE
4. THE SUBURBS
 [Mercury]
Posted 17 December

CATHY DAVEY
6. THE NAMELESS
 [Hammer Toe Records]
Posted 17 December

KANYE WEST
7. MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY
 [Roc-A-Fella]
Posted 17 December

THE DRUMS
8. THE DRUMS
 [Universal]
Posted 17 December

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
9. THE PROMISE
 [Columbia]
Posted 17 December

GORILLAZ
10. PLASTIC BEACH
 [EMI]
Posted 17 December

KINGS OF LEON
11. COME AROUND SUNDOWN
 [RCA]
Posted 17 December

FOALS
12. TOTAL LIFE FOREVER
 [Warner]
Posted 17 December

CARIBOU
13. SWIM
 [Merge]
Posted 17 December

VAMPIRE WEEKEND
14. CONTRA
 [XL Recordings]
Posted 17 December

15. THE ARCHANDROID
Posted 17 December

ROBERT PLANT
16. BAND OF JOY
 [Rounder]
Posted 17 December

IMELDA MAY
17. MAYHEM
 [Decca]
Posted 17 December

THE BLACK KEYS
18. BROTHERS
 [Nonesuch]
Posted 17 December

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
19. TOURIST HISTORY
 [Kitsune]
Posted 17 December

YEASAYER
20. ODD BLOOD
 [Secretly Canadian]
Posted 17 December

NEIL YOUNG
21. LE NOISE
 [Reprise]
Posted 17 December

GRINDERMAN
22. GRINDERMAN 2
 [Mute]
Posted 17 December

M.I.A.
23. MAYA
 [XL Recordings]
Posted 17 December
REPUBLIC OF LOOSE
24. BOUNCE AT THE DEVIL
 [Fish Don't Fear Nets]
Posted 17 December

JINX LENNON
25. NATIONAL CANCER STRATEGY
 [Septic Tiger]
Posted 17 December

INTERPOL
26. INTERPOL
 [Matador]
Posted 17 December

MANIC STREET PREACHERS
27. POSTCARDS FROM A YOUNG MAN
 [Columbia]
Posted 17 December

BEACH HOUSE
28. TEEN DREAMS
 [Sub Pop]
Posted 17 December

FIGHT LIKE APES
29. THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THE LEGS OF TINA TURNER
 [Model Citizen Records]
Posted 17 December

PLAN B
30. THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS
 [679 Recordings]
Posted 17 December


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