NME's Top 50 Albums of 2015

NME's Top 50 Albums of 2015

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50. Ryan Adams - 1989

Ryan Adams - 1989
September 21, 2015
Pop Rock
Critic Score
67
16 reviews
User Score
71
58 reviews

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

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit
September 11, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
65
59 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.
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48. New Order - Music Complete

New Order - Music Complete
September 25, 2015
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
73
20 reviews
User Score
73
90 reviews

47. 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

46. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

Preoccupations - Viet Cong
January 20, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
User Score
79
412 reviews
Fans of Women’s challenging melodies will appreciate the songcraft here, but Viet Cong are very much their own animal.
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45. The Cribs - For All My Sisters

The Cribs - For All My Sisters
March 24, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
11 reviews
User Score
71
31 reviews

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

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44. Young Thug - Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
April 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
74
131 reviews

43. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets
July 24, 2015
Art Punk
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
72
42 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.
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42. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
August 30, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
58
17 reviews
User Score
47
168 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.
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41. Muse - Drones

Muse - Drones
June 8, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
53
18 reviews
User Score
57
166 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.

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

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
June 2, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
77
270 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.

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39. 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
79
183 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.
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38. Drenge - Undertow

Drenge - Undertow
April 6, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
77
146 reviews
Where ‘Drenge’ offered brutal bloodshed and casual violence, ‘Undertow’ is much more focused on sneaking malevolence.
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37. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
70
172 reviews

36. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
79
301 reviews

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

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35. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
December 4, 2015
Pop Rock
Critic Score
56
19 reviews
User Score
54
156 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.
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34. Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again

Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again
January 26, 2015
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
75
108 reviews
Perhaps, for a band as strange as this, making a pop album is the ultimate experiment. The results are anything but clichéd.
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33. LA Priest - Inji

LA Priest - Inji
June 29, 2015
Indietronica
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
73
37 reviews
As La Priest, he’s made one of the debuts of the year.
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32. Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX - Sucker
December 16, 2014
Electropop
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
User Score
72
152 reviews

31. Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

Slaves - Are You Satisfied?
June 1, 2015
Punk Rock
Critic Score
57
7 reviews
User Score
73
16 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.
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30. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
September 25, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
User Score
63
55 reviews

29. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
September 11, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
68
23 reviews
User Score
70
52 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.

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28. Laura Marling - Short Movie

Laura Marling - Short Movie
March 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
77
134 reviews
Marling is her own protagonist - flawed, like anyone else, but utterly compelling all the same.
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27. Mac DeMarco - Another One

Mac DeMarco - Another One
August 7, 2015
Jangle Pop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
74
177 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.

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26. Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
76
162 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.
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25. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
27 reviews
User Score
82
492 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.

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24. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
31 reviews
User Score
87
895 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.

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

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
76
328 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.
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22. 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
29 reviews
User Score
82
595 reviews
She might not want a pedestal, but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it.
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21. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
User Score
74
198 reviews
This combination of pop and disco makes ‘Ratchet’ the perfect summer soundtrack. Sometimes you’ve got to party like it’s 1989.
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20. U.S. Girls - Half Free

U.S. Girls - Half Free
September 25, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
77
13 reviews
User Score
76
87 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.

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19. 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
283 reviews

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

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18. Swim Deep - Mothers

Swim Deep - Mothers
September 25, 2015
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
70
13 reviews

17. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
User Score
83
227 reviews
It’s reassuring that, five years on, the 33-year-old is back with something utterly predictable: yet another masterpiece.
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16. 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
700 reviews
It's a hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love, and being heartily sick of your own bullshit.
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15. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
74
247 reviews
This is a reunited band making music to rival their very best. There’s airmiles aplenty in these Essex Dogs yet.
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14. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
October 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
30 reviews
User Score
80
299 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.
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13. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
User Score
78
472 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.

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

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
May 26, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
User Score
75
259 reviews
‘ALLA’ is a thrillingly focused follow-up that betrays its anxieties even as it mostly makes do with extolling the virtues of vice.
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11. 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
243 reviews

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
May 26, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
78
307 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.
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9. The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
July 31, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
71
45 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.
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8. Foals - What Went Down

Foals - What Went Down
August 28, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
75
178 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.

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7. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
25 reviews
User Score
71
267 reviews

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

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6. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
September 25, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
74
279 reviews
A record like a deep gulp of cold air on a clear, bright morning after.
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5. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
83
851 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.
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4. Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
June 22, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
77
142 reviews

3. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
712 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.
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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
1147 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.

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1. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
81
574 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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