2010 | The Year in CDs
LET'S HEAR IT: The Globe's music critics pick their favorite 10 albums of the year and from each writer — a noteworthy surprise.
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Globe critics' top picks
Kanye West rebounded from a year of personal strife to make an album so unflinching, it utterly rewrote the rules for modern hip-hop records. It also landed him on this critic's top 10 list.
If the Austin rocker Alejandro Escovedo has made a bad record, this critic hasnt heard it. His latest release falls right in line on her year's best list.
On Beach House's "Teen Dream," its as though the sun finally poured into the dark chambers of their sound, writes our critic. See who else won him over.
Always the half of OutKast more rooted in rap, Big Boi stepped out on his own and onto this critics top 10 list. See what other hip-hop records made the grade.
By rights the charismatic queen singer of Timbuktu Khaira Arby should have had an album in international release many years ago. This one was worth the wait, and heads this list of world music releases.
Erik Telford, a young trumpeter, issued a stunning debut that represents everything that is right with contemporary jazz. See what other jazz records were among the year's best.
Nikolaj Znaider and Sir Colin Davis enjoy a rare chemistry on "Edgar: Violin Concerto," writes our critic. See the other classical albums that made his list.