1. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam)
2. Sleigh Bells, Treats (Mom & Pop)
3. Busy Signal, D.O.B. (V.P.)
The Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal is one world's great rappers — a wit and a charmer, with fearsome flow and great taste in beats. His latest album is his finest yet. Don't sleep, U.S. hip-hop headz!
4. Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me (Drag City)
5. Calle 13, Entren Los Que Quieran (Sony)
6. Trey Songz, Passion, Pain & Pleasure (Atlantic)
Step aside, R. Kelly and The-Dream. Trey Songz is R&B's sexiest, silliest, and most pop-savvy Casanova.
7. Standard Fare, The Noyelle Beat (Bar None)
This trio from Sheffield, England supplied one of the year's most unexpected pleasures: a very smart, very tuneful, old-fashioned Britpop album, full of bright melodies and vivid little stories about new love, bad love and lost love. A record to savor, a band to root for.
8. Best Coast, Crazy for You (Mexican Summer)
9. Of Montreal, False Priest (Polyvinyl)
10. Fabolous, There Is No Competition 2 (The Funeral Service) (Mixtape)
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