Kanye West's comeback must be complete: Rolling Stone awarded him the top slot in its list of 2010's 30 best albums. The top 10:
- Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "Music as sprawlingly messy as his life," these songs are "hip-hop epics ... full of the kind of grandiose gestures that only the foolish attempt and only the wildly talented pull off."
- The Black Keys, Brothers: "Their best record yet: vivid tunes stripped bare and rubbed raw ... it's rock minimalism pushed to the max."
- Elton John and Leon Russell, The Union: "Two rock giants ... rekindle a friendship and make music that ranks with their best."
- Arcade Fire, The Suburbs: "An album of vast, orchestral rock that locates the battle for the human soul amid big houses and manicured lawns."
- Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song: "Nashville's gruffest and grittiest star turns out to be its most reliable traditionalist, a Music Row pro who can write a song for every emotional season."
- Vampire Weekend, Contra: The band can "do just about anything: dubby, slo-mo gorgeousness, clattering pseudo-punk, African guitar riffs, choral swells, songs that rhyme 'horchata' with 'Aranciata' and 'Masada.'"
- Drake, Thank Me Later: "Sumptuous beats, airtight rhymes, and nuanced introspection."
- Robert Plant, Band of Joy: A "psychedelic exploration of blues and country" that's "edgier and rootsier" than 2007's Raising Sand.
- Eminem, Recovery: "The post-rehab victory lap that the schlocky Relapse wasn't."
- LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening: "A heavy-duty breakup album."
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