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Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2015

Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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48. Dilly Dally - Sore

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

47. Pops Staples - Don't Lose This

Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
February 17, 2015
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

46. Beirut - No No No

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
63
18 reviews

45. Desaparecidos - Payola

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
Rebellion hasn’t sounded this awesome—or honest—in a long time.

44. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

March 3, 2015
Critic Score
68
28 reviews
It’s enough of a creative leap to perhaps usher in more copycats, but Purity Ring again checks in first.

41. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

The Things We Do is a record for anyone who’s ever felt, even for a moment, that music is what matters the most. For any hard-luck kid or nowhere bum who needs it, that escape is heaven.

40. Ryan Adams - 1989

September 21, 2015
Critic Score
67
16 reviews

39. The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
73
25 reviews
While an overarching theme is largely absent on this album, it’s instead filled with 14 stand-alone folk-pop songs that show their fluency in a multitude of pop genres and styles.

38. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Sound & Color is a daring and deliberate record, and its greatest success stems from the band’s complete defiance with its choices.

37. Ashley Monroe - The Blade

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
The hooks are there—and they stick in deep—but there’s no EDM bluster or rock histrionics cooked into the stew. Monroe and her producers Vince Gill and Justin Niebank have created something a lot more even-keeled.

36. Battles - La Di Da Di

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

La Di Da Di is a unique listen, giving large responsibility to the listener to determine or interpret the parameters of its far-reaching sonic liberties.

35. Palehound - Dry Food

Palehound - Dry Food
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
74
9 reviews

On Dry Food’s eight heartbreaking observations, she teeters between aching insecurity and crushing tenderness, rarely allowing sunlight to peak through the clouds.

34. JD McPherson - Let the Good Times Roll

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

Rock ’n’ roll has a knack for brute force, but these songs are never less than nimble, always full of electricity and a steady barometer of unfailing good taste.

33. Twerps - Range Anxiety

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
72
15 reviews

Range Anxiety is a great guitar record for people who love the guitar but not in the way that Guitar Center people love the guitar.

32. Royal Headache - High

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

31. Wilco - Star Wars

July 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
Wilco sound spryer, looser, livelier, wittier, and more fun than they have in years. And when was the last time anyone used “fun” to describe this serious band?

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

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

The 11 songs on Beautiful resonate in a deeper way by varying the sonic palette and focusing her words inward.

28. Guantanamo Baywatch - Darling... It's Too Late

Guantanamo Baywatch - Darling... It's Too Late
May 12, 2015
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

If you’ve been searching for your perfect summer soundtrack for 2015, you may look no further.

27. Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
At 26, Musgraves has kept her wonder, honed her focus and remained true to her core.

25. The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning

The Lone Bellow - Then Came The Morning
January 27, 2015
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

Most of Then Came the Morning shows a confident band stepping more fully into a compelling sound.

24. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

23. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
18 reviews

At its core, this follow-up to 2012’s JP is as whimsically experimental as it is steeped and reveling in its own revivalism.

22. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

Goon is mostly excellent slow songs about heartbreak, about the fear of failure, about losing your direction and hoping to find it. 

21. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

Platform is still avant-garde enough to only be appreciated by some, but those who break through the surface, will understand this album for being the important, temporal work that it is.

20. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

19. Beach House - Depression Cherry

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
79
31 reviews

Depression Cherry doesn’t always have the emotional heft, or melodic impact, of their 2010 breakthrough Teen Dream or its follow-up, 2012’s Bloom, but the duo’s knack for crafting thoughtful, enveloping songs makes their return more than welcome.

18. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

Isbell’s increasing skill as a storyteller, and the natural affinity he has for melody, combine to make Something More Than Free a masterful piece of work.

16. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

Every Open Eye is another album you can throw on at a party to get everyone dancing just as easily as you could pensively listen to it alone in your bedroom.

15. TORRES - Sprinter

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

While Torres’ self-titled 2013 debut was a hushed affair—even the loud bits came in gradual, measured bursts—Sprinter crackles and explodes, with a dynamic range that’d make Steve Albini blush.

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

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
26 reviews

Much of b’lieve remains mellower and more cognizant than Vile’s previous works, blending organic and inorganic sounds.

12. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
Essentially, it’s an album of spindly bass, needling guitar and economical drums. And yet, with Protomartyr’s inventive ensemble flare, it sounds like much more.

11. The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
74
19 reviews

It’s an artistic success as a literary exercise, and as a wrestling fan it’s hugely gratifying to see a serious artist that I’ve enjoyed for decades take wrestling seriously.

10. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
81
32 reviews

Instead of trying to make an experimental oddity for music nerds, he made an indie pop album for music fans. He went for our hearts rather than our heads.

9. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
75
16 reviews

Coming Home, however unintentionally, represents the spiritual cleansing and soulful healing we need right now. It’s the sound of an era where civil rights seemed so desperate, but progress also felt in reach.

8. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
This is a near-perfect album. It’s a superb progression from their last efforts, a study in internal consistency and just chock fucking full with nearly an hour of great songs.

7. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
83
18 reviews
It is the debut of a songwriter not struggling to find a voice, but fully formed and confident as all hell.

6. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

Carrie & Lowell is a demonstration of why Stevens sings songs, of why we listen to songs: to feel less alone, to make sense of the things that are hardest to make sense of. Hopefully it proves as rewarding to the singer as it is for his audience.

5. Hop Along - Painted Shut

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
83
13 reviews

Although Hop Along’s lyrical content can be heavy at times, Painted Shut’s tracks are well-balanced between catchy indie pop with an edge and more discordant fare.

4. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
88
31 reviews
In just 10 songs and a little over 30 minutes, Sleater-Kinney does so much more than revive an old band. They craft an argument for having improved in its absence.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

By channeling her anxiety into wonderful, shaggy, relatable and supremely catchy songs, she’s made Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit one of the most compulsively listenable albums to come out so far this year.

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

Honeybear thrives on the knife’s edge of that enigmatic split personality, as he attempts to reconcile the love-swept optimist with the world-weary wise-ass.

Original Source: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/12/the-50-best-albums-of-2015.html
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