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Chris Richards's Best Pop Albums of 2010

This year was about bravura strokes and shoulder shrugs, a year in which our greatest talents cut through the data flow by assuming the entire planet was listening, or assuming that nobody was. There were epic masterpieces, sprawling double discs, heart-rending comebacks -- and albums about getting stoned and wishing your cat could talk. Here are the year's 10 best:

 
 

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Kanye West, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy": You love him or you hate him, but it's probably both. In the finest hour of his turbulent career, West broadcasts his complexity in high definition: his petulance, his wit and his drive to create the most breathtaking pop music of our time -- something he can now check off his to-do list.


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