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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

September 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
19 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.

49. Meek Mill - Dreams Worth More Than Money

June 29, 2015
Critic Score
74
13 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.

48. Brodinski - Brava

March 3, 2015
Critic Score
60
4 reviews

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

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
80
26 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.

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

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
40
1 review

40. Fetty Wap - Fetty Wap

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
67
12 reviews

39. Fifth Harmony - Reflection

February 3, 2015
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

37. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

36. Travis Scott - Rodeo

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
61
16 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.

35. Puff Daddy - MMM

November 4, 2015
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

34. JME - Integrity>

May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

33. Future - 56 Nights

March 21, 2015
Critic Score
76
2 reviews

31. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
85
21 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.

30. FKA Twigs - M3LL155X

August 13, 2015
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

28. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

27. Towkio - .Wav Theory

Towkio - .Wav Theory
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
61
2 reviews

25. Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
73
14 reviews

24. Tinashe - Amethyst

Tinashe - Amethyst
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
69
3 reviews

23. The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
71
22 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.

22. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

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

21. Mac Miller - GO:OD AM

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
Regardless of one’s feelings on his past music, it’s tough to deny that his major-label debut just works.

19. Hudson Mohawke - Lantern

June 16, 2015
Critic Score
71
22 reviews

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

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
23 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.

17. Jack Ü - Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

February 27, 2015
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
The results? More excellent than one might imagine...or would want to give these two credit for.

16. Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show

January 13, 2015
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
Sullivan’s latest feels a lot more current—which should make it easier for the public to relate to.

15. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

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

13. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

May 29, 2015
Critic Score
81
16 reviews

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

12. Kehlani - You Should Be Here

April 28, 2015
Critic Score
78
5 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.

11. Lupe Fiasco - Tetsuo & Youth

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
You will not find any throwaway tracks on here. It is quite possibly his greatest creation.​

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

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
24 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.

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

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
27 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.

6. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
73
12 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.

5. Justin Bieber - Purpose

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
63
22 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.

4. Adele - 25

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
31 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.

3. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

January 6, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 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.

2. Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 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.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 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.

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