MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2015

MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2015

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50. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down

Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
September 25, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
78
251 reviews

49. Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Ibeyi - Ibeyi
February 17, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
76
114 reviews

48. David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock

David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
September 18, 2015
Progressive Rock
Critic Score
70
6 reviews
User Score
69
23 reviews

47. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
October 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
309 reviews

Cox’s naked sensitivity and inability to filter himself have been constants through the band’s career; on Fading Frontier, they ensure Deerhunter’s most accessible songs yet are also their most affecting.

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46. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
78
270 reviews

45. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
August 28, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
72
20 reviews
User Score
72
288 reviews

44. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
March 31, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
75
43 reviews

43. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
January 13, 2015
Funk
Critic Score
71
25 reviews
User Score
67
97 reviews

42. Boz Scaggs - A Fool to Care

Boz Scaggs - A Fool to Care
March 31, 2015
Blues
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
80
4 reviews

41. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
May 5, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
82
263 reviews

40. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
78
299 reviews

39. Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart

Keith Richards - Crosseyed Heart
September 18, 2015
Blues Rock
Critic Score
77
12 reviews
User Score
73
10 reviews

38. LoneLady - Hinterland

LoneLady - Hinterland
March 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
76
28 reviews

37. Promised Land Sound - For Use and Delight

Promised Land Sound - For Use and Delight
October 2, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
82
4 reviews

36. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
84
737 reviews

35. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
September 11, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
68
23 reviews
User Score
69
51 reviews

It’s this powerful nostalgia for their original selves ... that makes Anthems For Doomed Youth better than it really ought to be, as if the last decade hadn’t happened.

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34. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
76
61 reviews

33. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
March 2, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
68
22 reviews
User Score
69
86 reviews

32. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
737 reviews

31. Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
July 10, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
74
48 reviews
Driven, hooky, moving. Better than Prozac or a sunny day.
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30. Bill Fay - Who Is the Sender?

Bill Fay - Who Is the Sender?
April 28, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
75
5 reviews
User Score
82
9 reviews

29. Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside
March 23, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
77
276 reviews

This portrait of the artist might be a gloomy, oppressive one but it’s grimly fascinating nevertheless.

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28. Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
March 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

27. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home
June 23, 2015
Soul
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
74
95 reviews

26. Wilco - Star Wars

Wilco - Star Wars
July 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
74
188 reviews

Star Wars confirms that Wilco now fully own a unique American noise wherein nothing is wholly traditional or wholly experimental.

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25. Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern

Paul Weller - Saturns Pattern
May 18, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
76
11 reviews
User Score
67
20 reviews

24. Gaz Coombes - Matador

Gaz Coombes - Matador
January 26, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
75
38 reviews

23. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
October 2, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
73
47 reviews

22. Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
April 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
User Score
78
188 reviews

21. Richard Thompson - Still

Richard Thompson - Still
June 23, 2015
Folk Rock
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
75
7 reviews

20. Dungen - Allas Sak

Dungen - Allas Sak
September 25, 2015
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
71
25 reviews

19. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
User Score
83
238 reviews

It’s when everything begins to fan out like a peacock’s tail at the height of the courting season that you’re reminded just why Newsom is a 21st century oneoff.

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18. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
74
247 reviews

For a collection with an eye on the setting sun and the slow decline, it’s a fine late flowering. If they’ve made it, finally, to the end, there’s nothing to regret here.

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17. Hooton Tennis Club - Highest Point In Cliff Town

Hooton Tennis Club - Highest Point In Cliff Town
August 28, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
76
12 reviews

16. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

D'Angelo - Black Messiah
December 15, 2014
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
93
23 reviews
User Score
85
376 reviews

The singer’s reappearance in the post-Ferguson climate feels like nothing less than a superhero donning his cape. Black Messiah is an exquisite realisation of what D’Angelo does best.

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15. Richard Dawson - Nothing Important

Richard Dawson - Nothing Important
November 3, 2014
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
77
10 reviews

14. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
78
476 reviews

13. Low - Ones and Sixes

Low - Ones and Sixes
September 11, 2015
Slowcore
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
76
59 reviews

12. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
March 24, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
85
30 reviews
User Score
81
613 reviews

11. Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night

Bob Dylan - Shadows in the Night
February 3, 2015
Traditional Pop
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
User Score
65
30 reviews

10. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
31 reviews
User Score
87
928 reviews

A tender, affecting album that, through its jumble of religious allusions, nature imagery, classical references, half-remembered visions and overwhelming sense of loss, has a simple message.

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9. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets
July 24, 2015
Art Punk
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
72
44 reviews

8. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
May 19, 2015
World
Critic Score
90
8 reviews
User Score
77
109 reviews

7. Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile

Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
77
13 reviews

6. Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary

Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary
November 6, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
75
23 reviews

5. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs

Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs
May 19, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
78
106 reviews

4. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
83
892 reviews

3. New Order - Music Complete

New Order - Music Complete
September 25, 2015
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
72
94 reviews

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
94
32 reviews
User Score
89
1236 reviews

To Pimp A Butterfly attempts to the tackle the issues of the day without recourse to blunt, shallow sloganeering.

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1. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
84
426 reviews
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