30 Best Albums of 2010

Kanye's 'Fantasy' conquered reality; the Black Keys locked into a groove; Arcade Fire burned down the suburbs

M.I.A., 'Maya'
19/30

19. M.I.A., 'Maya'

N.E.E.T./Interscope/XL

The backlash against M.I.A.'s high jinks — that graphic "Born Free" video and her beef with The New York Times — distracted everyone from the fact that her biggest provocations in 2010 were sonic. Maya's art-punk noise and electro beats made for the most abrasive protest music in recent memory.

Rob Sheffield's Original Review
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