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Top Albums Midyear

The Best of 2010, So Far

The first half of 2010 went quick, but it wasn’t without at least a few noteworthy releases. Our critics selected their favorite albums of the year at its halfway mark:

Beach House - Teen Dream
This album floats into your ears. The third release from the Baltimore duo is a showcase of dream-pop perfection and measured, masterful skill. — Lynne Angel

The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards
This a rich, singular rocking album that will make you take notice and is hard to resist. With added production and effects, the Dead Weather take on all gutless leaving all concussed and looking for a weather vane. — Jeff Kingsberg

Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record
The 2010 craze has amassed a collection of synthesizer and lo-fi-dreamer pop albums with some notable standouts (Toro Y Moi, Delorean, etc.), but tried and true Broken Social Scene continues to do this, that, and much more. Some might say Forgiveness Rock Record doesn't exceed previous albums, but even if this album isn't "classic" that doesn't mean it's not the best of 2010, so far. — David Johnson-Igra

Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute
Talib Kweli proudly proclaims “You can like rap again” on Reflection Eternal’s sophmore album, released 10 years after their now-classic Train of Thought LP. The combination of Talib’s superb lyricism and Hi-Tek’s standout production picks up right where they left off so many years ago. — Matt Crawford

Hypernova - Through The Chaos
Imagine a warmer, more organic Interpol with deep, rich vocals and you'll have an idea of how Hypernova sound. With pointed lyrics, both political and personal, and an incredibly earwormy sound, it's impressive stuff. — Kirsty Evans