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NME's Top 50 Albums of 2015

NME's Top 50 Albums of 2015

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50. Ryan Adams - 1989

September 21, 2015
Critic Score
67
16 reviews

49. Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
In 'That's The Spirit' the Sheffield band have crafted an album that should see them not just seated at rock's top table, but putting their feet up and getting comfortable.

46. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
Fans of Women’s challenging melodies will appreciate the songcraft here, but Viet Cong are very much their own animal.

45. The Cribs - For All My Sisters

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

On sixth album – the ‘pop one' ... they give it their best shot while sticking firmly within their screamy garage punk parameters.

44. Young Thug - Barter 6

April 16, 2015
Critic Score
72
14 reviews

43. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
The record is replete with sometimes grinding, sometimes funky post-punk basslines and pared-down, insistent beats. If you’ve heard last year’s excellent ‘Divide And Exit’, or the odds’n’sods that preceded it, it’ll sound instantly familiar.

42. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

August 30, 2015
Critic Score
56
18 reviews
'Miley Cyrus And Her Dead Petz' is surely the weirdest album made by a massive pop star in recent memory, but more impressively, it's also an essential listen.

41. Muse - Drones

June 8, 2015
Critic Score
55
21 reviews

It’s Bellamy’s job to prise open deeper socio-political dimensions as much as it is to comment on the times, and Muse’s music once more matches his adventurous intrigue.

40. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

Overflowing with stately songwriting and lyrical craftsmanship, ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ makes for a restrained but joyful return, and a collection that will last long after Welch’s broken bones are mended.

39. Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
81
22 reviews
Young Fathers’ second record is a clattery lo-fi gospel of budget drum machines, enthusiastic xylophone, monomaniacal krautrock grooves, preacher-man testifying and a few good tunes, all wrapped up in a title that feels like a provocative statement.

38. Drenge - Undertow

April 6, 2015
Critic Score
81
10 reviews
Where ‘Drenge’ offered brutal bloodshed and casual violence, ‘Undertow’ is much more focused on sneaking malevolence.

37. Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

36. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

The 29-year-old Canadian has regrouped and made a surprisingly sophisticated ’80s-influenced pop album.

35. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams

December 4, 2015
Critic Score
56
21 reviews
If ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ really is to be Coldplay’s last hurrah, then they’ve gone out with a flashbang of colour and catharsis.

34. Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again

January 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
18 reviews
Perhaps, for a band as strange as this, making a pop album is the ultimate experiment. The results are anything but clichéd.

33. LA Priest - Inji

June 29, 2015
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
As La Priest, he’s made one of the debuts of the year.

32. Charli XCX - Sucker

December 16, 2014
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

31. Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
57
7 reviews
They’ve used their major-label debut to rally the troops rather than just jeer at them from the sidelines. Every song here is a call to arms or an affirmative flip of the table.

30. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
67
12 reviews

29. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
68
25 reviews

While the music may not always match up, the lyrics reaffirm The Libertines’ place as one of the most vital British bands ever and should usher a fresh generation of believers on board the good ship Albion.

28. Laura Marling - Short Movie

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
Marling is her own protagonist - flawed, like anyone else, but utterly compelling all the same.

27. Mac DeMarco - Another One

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
74
28 reviews

‘Another One’ neither sounds particularly different to his last album, 2014’s ‘Salad Days’, nor does it give much indication of where he’ll go next; rather it does for ‘Salad Days’ what ‘Salad Days’ did for his previous album, ‘2’ – offers added richness and refinement to his very songbook style of writing.

26. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
‘Platform’, Herndon’s third album and her first for 4AD, unveils sparkling, electronic pop that twitches like a corrupt video file, her voice fractured into glinting melodies.

25. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

It’s not an easy listen, but a brave, beautiful and affecting album – an attempt to find order in chaos that, as she wishes for it, offers a “crutch” to the heartbroken.

24. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

No matter how desperate Sufjan gets ...he’s resolutely serene, his emotion swathed in glistening guitar tones and angelic harmonies, spooling out his genius as casually as breathing.

23. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
For all the music's cagey intelligence, Drake sounds like the kind of guy who comes sauntering out the traps in a 100m race and immediately breaks out into a victory lap, pausing only to remonstrate with hecklers.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
She might not want a pedestal, but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it.

21. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
77
23 reviews
This combination of pop and disco makes ‘Ratchet’ the perfect summer soundtrack. Sometimes you’ve got to party like it’s 1989.

20. U.S. Girls - Half Free

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

This is the unmistakeable sound of a star being born: this is an album with something to say, in a voice all of its own.

19. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
71
22 reviews

He may have softened his edge, upped the production and pulled in the stars, but The Weeknd remains an outsider.

18. Swim Deep - Mothers

Swim Deep - Mothers
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

17. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
It’s reassuring that, five years on, the 33-year-old is back with something utterly predictable: yet another masterpiece.

16. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews
It's a hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love, and being heartily sick of your own bullshit.

15. Blur - The Magic Whip

April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
31 reviews
This is a reunited band making music to rival their very best. There’s airmiles aplenty in these Essex Dogs yet.

14. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
81
32 reviews
'Fading Frontier' - the most direct, unflinching album Deerhunter have ever made, and quite possibly the best - sometimes feels like the second part of a duology about breakdown and recovery, not only from the psychodrama of 'Monomania', but from the car accident Cox was hospitalised by last December.

13. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
88
31 reviews

The songs on ‘No Cities To Love’ are short, taut and lethal, harking back, if anything, to their earliest albums. But they’re more complete songwriters now, and there isn’t a track on ‘No Cities To Love’ that doesn’t have a killer chorus.

12. A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
‘ALLA’ is a thrillingly focused follow-up that betrays its anxieties even as it mostly makes do with extolling the virtues of vice.

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
Here, Nielson strides away from the woozy Beefheart-indebted psychedelia of ‘II’ and its self-titled 2011 predecessor, and vividly expands every single aspect of the UMO sound.

9. The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

July 31, 2015
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
It’s refreshing to hear what they can do when they cut loose, when they’re not afraid to be a bit raw and spiky.

8. Foals - What Went Down

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
24 reviews

They’ve mastered math rock, destroyed disco and flattened funk, now they measure hard rock in their hands like a medicine ball, and find it a comfortable weight.

7. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

An intoxicating listen, ‘Honeymoon’ is designed for the red neon glow of a smoky cabaret bar, a Californian answer to the chanson tradition.

6. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
79
28 reviews
A record like a deep gulp of cold air on a clear, bright morning after.

5. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
From the crisp, hip-hop accenting on the drums to the full-bodied bass and vivd synths, ‘Currents’ is an audiophile’s wet dream.

3. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
Less has always been more with Smith, and the success of ‘In Colour’ lies in his gift for melding together very few elements to create songs that are original, surprising and highly effective.

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews

Has Lamar followed a classic with another classic? Not quite, but in laying his demons and his contradictions bare, he has stayed true to his formidable talent.

1. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

It would be reductive to call this record Boucher's ‘Grimes goes Pop’ moment, but it certainly feels like an attempt to bridge the gap between her fervent online cult and tangible, real-world success.

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