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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of the decade | 2010-2019

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As we come up on 15 years existing as a blog, we are pleased to present our favorite releases of the decade. When we did this back in 2009 — that list still mostly holds up, with a few exceptions — we got Carles to write the foreword. It’s a relic of an era that feels like an eternity ago, but one thing he said still rings true: “We have lived through this. Now we shall reflect upon this“.

We’re going a little deeper this time around, and we decided to keep it to one release per artist (apologies to Art Angels, Lese Majesty, Picture You Staring, Oh No, Ultraviolence, Channel Orange, all the other Grouper records, et. al.), although multiple projects each from Liz Harris, Daniel Lopatin, and Patrick Flegel did make their way on to the list. Hopefully these choices are somewhat predictable if you’ve been listening to us go on about these artists here or on the radio over the past 10+ years, and please excuse the inevitable recency bias (hello LDR’s NFR!). Thanks for your continued support, enjoy the list and its complementary/mostly comprehensive Spotify + Apple music playlists (shout out to the legend Joanna Newsom for holding out on the DSP overlords), and, as always, show us your lists in the comments below:

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gorilla vs. bear’s albums of the decade | 2010-2019

50 HOLY OTHER | Held
49 FKA TWIGS | EP2
48 TWIN SISTER | Color Your Life
47 KING KRULE | The OOZ
46 KERO KERO BONITO | Intro Bonito
45 EARL SWEATSHIRT | Some Rap Songs
44 HELEN | The Original Faces
43 YOUNG THUG | Barter 6
42 ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER | Replica
41 JULIANNA BARWICK | The Magic Place

40 CLAMS CASINO | Instrumentals
39 A$AP ROCKY | LIVE.LOVE.A$AP
38 YAEJI | EPs
37 KENDRICK LAMAR | Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
36 DJ RASHAD | Double Cup
35 JULIA HOLTER | Have You in My Wilderness
34 CHUCK PERSON | Eccojams Vol. I
33 DEAN BLUNT + INGA COPELAND | Black is Beautiful
32 AMEN DUNES | Freedom
31 WOMEN | Public Strain

30 GAMES | That We Can Play
29 BIG THIEF | U.F.O.F.
28 KELLY LEE OWENS | Kelly Lee Owens
27 ROBYN | Body Talk
26 CHARLI XCX | Pop 2
25 ERIKA de CASIER | Essentials
24 CARLY RAE JEPSEN | E•MO•TION
23 PLAYBOI CARTI | Playboi Carti
22 A TRIBE CALLED QUEST | we got it from here…thank you 4 your service
21 LAUREL HALO | Quarantine

20 FRANK OCEAN | Blonde
19 DANNY BROWN | XXX
18 SOPHIE | Product
17 PANDA BEAR | Tomboy
16 SUFJAN STEVENS | Carrie & Lowell
15 CINDY LEE | Act of Tenderness
14 JESSY LANZA | Pull My Hair Back
13 TOPS | Tender Opposites
12 HELENA DELAND | Altogether Unaccompanied Vol. I-IV
11 TIRZAH | Devotion

10 BURIAL | Rival Dealer
09 D’ANGELO | Black Messiah
08 CHROMATICS | Kill For Love
07 GROUPER | A I A
06 LANA DEL REY | Norman Fucking Rockwell!
05 SHABAZZ PALACES | Black Up
04 JAI PAUL | Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
03 BEACH HOUSE | Teen Dream
02 JOANNA NEWSOM | Have One On Me
01 GRIMES | Visions

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