Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2015

Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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50. Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
September 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
User Score
67
126 reviews

Drake’s disclosure that the project was made in six days is less of an impressive stat than it is an accurate summation of what we have here: two rappers who maxed out on their chemistry and made some cool songs.

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49. Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money

Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money
June 29, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
65
61 reviews

If the shaky performance of his debut was a wipeout—to mix a metaphor—Dreams Worth More Than Money sticks the landing, sustaining over its running time without stumbling and occasionally providing some thrilling moments.

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48. Brodinski - Brava

Brodinski - Brava
March 3, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
60
4 reviews
User Score
65
5 reviews

47. Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
August 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
75
203 reviews

In many ways, Compton is a child of To Pimp a Butterfly, if only Kendrick had the same sense of urgency when reaching to the bleachers.

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46. Wale - The Album About Nothing

Wale - The Album About Nothing
March 31, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
65
9 reviews
User Score
67
18 reviews

45. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
April 21, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
76
129 reviews

44. Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
October 16, 2015
Chillwave
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
79
247 reviews

43. Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L

Bryson Tiller - T R A P S O U L
October 2, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
40
1 review
User Score
64
60 reviews

42. Beach House - Depression Cherry

Beach House - Depression Cherry
August 28, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
80
496 reviews

41. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
79
362 reviews

40. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap
September 25, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
12 reviews
User Score
63
64 reviews

39. Fifth Harmony - Reflection

Fifth Harmony - Reflection
February 3, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
74
5 reviews
User Score
64
94 reviews

38. Kelela - Hallucinogen EP

Kelela - Hallucinogen EP
October 9, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
8 reviews
User Score
77
117 reviews

37. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
546 reviews

36. Travis Scott - Rodeo

Travis Scott - Rodeo
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
16 reviews
User Score
75
188 reviews
Travi$ Scott made an enjoyable album for his fans peppered with undeniable bangers for his detractors. But in a climate where a large portion of the community questions his identity, his purpose, his value (and in some cases, his ethics), this is not quite the validating slam dunk that it should’ve been.
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35. Puff Daddy - MMM

Puff Daddy - MMM
November 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
4 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

34. JME - Integrity>

JME - Integrity>
May 4, 2015
Grime
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
22 reviews

33. Future - 56 Nights

Future - 56 Nights
March 21, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
2 reviews
User Score
77
44 reviews

32. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
33 reviews
User Score
88
988 reviews

31. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
83
445 reviews
Vince Staples's album is a force of nature, and like nature, the project brings with it the positive and the negative: songs that lift you up and tracks that drop you in the street just as easily.
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30. FKA Twigs - M3LL155X

FKA Twigs - M3LL155X
August 13, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
85
12 reviews
User Score
83
376 reviews

29. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
78
310 reviews

28. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
81
653 reviews

27. Towkio - .Wav Theory

Towkio - .Wav Theory
April 28, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
2 reviews
User Score
72
10 reviews

26. 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
84
31 reviews
User Score
81
648 reviews

25. Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
November 13, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
73
53 reviews

24. Tinashe - Amethyst

Tinashe - Amethyst
March 16, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
69
3 reviews
User Score
75
45 reviews

23. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness
August 28, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
72
20 reviews
User Score
71
312 reviews
If there is any connective tissue bounding this album together it’s the idea that the Weeknd doesn’t have to fundamentally change who he is in order to became a superstar.
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22. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
74
201 reviews

Dark, frenetic, and complicated, Ratchet is so thrilling because of its refusal to settle down.

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21. Mac Miller - GO:OD AM

Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
September 18, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
72
12 reviews
User Score
75
86 reviews
Regardless of one’s feelings on his past music, it’s tough to deny that his major-label debut just works.
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20. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
User Score
83
942 reviews

19. Hudson Mohawke - Lantern

Hudson Mohawke - Lantern
June 16, 2015
Wonky
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
67
71 reviews

18. 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
23 reviews
User Score
77
288 reviews
This album sounds like the diary of a man who retreated into himself and now chooses to share his darkness with the rest of the class.
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17. Jack Ü - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Jack Ü - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü
February 27, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
User Score
62
54 reviews
The results? More excellent than one might imagine...or would want to give these two credit for.
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16. Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show

Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show
January 13, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
73
73 reviews
Sullivan’s latest feels a lot more current—which should make it easier for the public to relate to.
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15. Jamie xx - In Colour

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

In Colour isn't only a necessary listen, but an important one too.

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14. The Game - The Documentary 2

The Game - The Documentary 2
October 9, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
User Score
74
58 reviews

13. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
76
246 reviews

Surf is a boardwalk picnic with sunset views of the Ferris wheel, grassy laughter, and paper plates smeared with blueberry shortcake.

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12. Kehlani - You Should Be Here

Kehlani - You Should Be Here
April 28, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
76
53 reviews

Aside from the strength of her voice, which bubbles at top range like Lil Mo’ and is suede-soft down below like Jojo, Kehlani’s imagination for storytelling is what sets You Should Be Here apart from its current R&B-pop corollaries.

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11. Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth
January 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
78
175 reviews
You will not find any throwaway tracks on here. It is quite possibly his greatest creation.​
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10. The Internet - Ego Death

The Internet - Ego Death
June 30, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
76
92 reviews

9. 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
24 reviews
User Score
77
367 reviews
Long chided for being a simp, this new Drake still loves his mom but no longer has love for anyone else. It’s wonderful.
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8. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

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

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

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
May 26, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
User Score
75
282 reviews

All things considered, this is a solid album. Fans of old Rocky will be happy to hear he hasn’t left them behind and new fans will have a plethora of options to choose from.

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6. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise
February 24, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
12 reviews
User Score
63
131 reviews

Occasionally clumsy but wonderfully plainspoken, and impassioned when he wants to be, Sean has advanced (if not graduated) from the tepid mythmaking of Hall of Fame. Here he’s dynamic, and a pretty good rapper. No fronting.

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5. Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose
November 13, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
63
22 reviews
User Score
62
154 reviews

He lays his soul bare in joyless lyrics stripped naked, requiring very little interpretation, filling the crags with buoyant, sun-drenched productions from Skrillex, Blood, and Diplo.

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4. Adele - 25

Adele - 25
November 20, 2015
Soul
Critic Score
71
31 reviews
User Score
72
274 reviews

Even as she's suffering the romantic disadvantage, Adele infuses the songs of 25 with a love-drunk cockiness, tossing wine by a loose wrist as she reconsiders these departed men.

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3. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
January 6, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
63
149 reviews
Never faltering toward the monotony of most Migos hooks or the allegedly artistic boredom of late-stage Future, the boys from Tupelo are grit and grease, energetic in both cases, an uncanny synthesis of Rich Gang and Ke$ha.
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2. Future - DS2

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

Reckless and tormented, his latest album doubles down on the darker side of his sound, and his life's personal costs. Call it More Honest Than Honest.

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1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
95
34 reviews
User Score
90
1336 reviews

With all its superfly flourish and talk of Willie Lynch, Butterfly is heady and ambitious, if not unprecedented as subject matter. As promised, Butterfly is (somehow) darker and more thoroughly conflicted than good kid.

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Original Source: http://www.complex.com/music/best-albums-of-2015/

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