FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2015

FasterLouder's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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50. 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
333 reviews

49. Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams
April 24, 2015
Americana
Critic Score
75
7 reviews
User Score
74
5 reviews

48. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
September 25, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
74
282 reviews

Every Open Eye is lean, keenly focused, an immense growth from their debut that keeps their foundations intact.

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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
25 reviews
User Score
75
194 reviews

46. Bully - Feels Like

Bully - Feels Like
June 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
16 reviews
User Score
76
87 reviews

45. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul

BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul
February 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
17 reviews
User Score
75
107 reviews
The unmistakable, ever-reliable vocals of Ghostface provide a gritty realism to the dark subject matter, contrasting nicely with the smooth, layered atmosphere laid down by BBNG.
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44. Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman Spectacle

Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman Spectacle
June 5, 2015
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
63
8 reviews
User Score
75
14 reviews

43. 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
145 reviews

42. Beach House - Depression Cherry

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

41. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
January 13, 2015
Funk
Critic Score
71
25 reviews
User Score
67
94 reviews
A strictly-limited guestlist in comparison to the exhaustive list of featured artists on previous LPs allows for Ronson to hone in specifically on the strengths of his artists.
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40. Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light

Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
57
2 reviews

39. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
May 18, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
25 reviews
User Score
73
141 reviews

It might not succeed as well as select predecessors; but, as an album, Why Make Sense? allows for the band to be interesting, to be relevant and – perhaps the most important of them all – to be them.

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38. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
January 27, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
77
98 reviews

37. Foals - What Went Down

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

The result is dense, and keenly focused; instead of pin balling between ideas Foals seem to have settled on a solid aesthetic. These songs are rich, at times highly emotive, and constantly simmering.

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36. Gold Class - It's You

Gold Class - It's You
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
83
4 reviews

35. 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
22 reviews
User Score
77
273 reviews

_ I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside_ doesn’t stand out for advancement for Sweatshirt or the rap genre, but offers something the other releases lacked – a human relatability.

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34. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
October 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
30 reviews
User Score
80
303 reviews

Deerhunter always find a lot to exploit in the intersection of Cox’s gloomy visions and the band’s gravity-defying pop vistas, and for the most part Fading Frontier is a rewarding immersion in diverse layers of melody and meaning. But there’s still a nagging spottiness that keeps it from reaching its full potential.

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33. Twerps - Range Anxiety

Twerps - Range Anxiety
January 27, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
74
56 reviews

If you need something to keep you company while you lick your wounds, Range Anxiety will do very nicely indeed.

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32. Bilal - In Another Life

Bilal - In Another Life
June 30, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
74
7 reviews
User Score
73
13 reviews

31. Faith No More - Sol Invictus

Faith No More - Sol Invictus
May 19, 2015
Alternative Metal
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
73
65 reviews

The expectation was there for a good return to form from a band that always followed their muse no matter how much it threatened to derail their commercial potential. The reality is they’ve far exceeded that with Sol Invictus, an album that in its finest moments matches the best of their golden years.

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30. Drenge - Undertow

Drenge - Undertow
April 6, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
77
148 reviews

29. 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
249 reviews

b’lieve i’m goin down… is a winding hour of self-reflection that can drift by without much impact. But its textured arrangements and Vile’s sneaky wit very much reward close listening.

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28. Miguel - Wildheart

Miguel - Wildheart
June 30, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
79
265 reviews

27. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

Preoccupations - Viet Cong
January 20, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
23 reviews
User Score
79
417 reviews

26. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
User Score
83
233 reviews

25. Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy
July 28, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
77
165 reviews

24. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
77
243 reviews

23. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
October 16, 2015
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
77
125 reviews

22. 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
78
186 reviews
The band’s mutated genre-morphing incorporates hip-hop, late-period IDM, R&B in its traditional sense and primitive street-drumming – and even that description doesn’t quite do justice to what it is they are doing here.
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21. Björk - Vulnicura

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

20. The Internet - Ego Death

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

19. Laura Marling - Short Movie

Laura Marling - Short Movie
March 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
77
137 reviews

Short Movie plays very much like an album of seeking rather than settling down, of picking away curiously at life choices rather than committing to one.

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18. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
78
271 reviews

17. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
January 27, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
83
18 reviews
User Score
79
319 reviews

Prass’s winsome coo is a beautiful instrument, and the way her melodies dance and soar can be sublime, but the lyrics fall just a little short of the level that everything else on the record achieves effortlessly.

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16. Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida

Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida
March 10, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
74
25 reviews

Melbourne, Florida is a mature, confident record, taking the band out of the old neighbourhood and into the world.

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15. Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon
May 4, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
82
8 reviews
User Score
78
101 reviews
Hiatus have loaded up as many genres as they could fit in this psychedelic jigsaw of a record.
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14. Royal Headache - High

Royal Headache - High
August 21, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
User Score
78
97 reviews
That shaky marriage of lo-fi pub punk and Shogun’s heartening, soul-laced delivery is exactly what makes the band so special. Rather than being some novelty that loses its appeal, that bristling contrast makes the album a total thrill through every repeat listen.
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13. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
May 26, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
78
313 reviews

We have arrived at a notable highpoint for both Nielson and the rest of the Orchestra. Multi-Love marks their best LP yet.

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12. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
74
246 reviews

It’s up there with Blur’s best albums, and a reminder of just how well the band reconcile their divergent ideas.

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11. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
83
402 reviews

10. Grimes - Art Angels

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

There’s something that feels tangibly joyful on Art Angels that we didn’t hear on Visions.

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9. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
84
418 reviews

8. 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
724 reviews

An intimately close-to-the-bone emotional exploration that not only fulfills his potential that was glimpsed three years ago, but trumps the folk masterpieces of his old outfit through sheer conviction.

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7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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

You won’t walk away humming the tunes, but Carrie and Lowell will stay with you. Sufjan has prettier albums, and sweeter albums, but none has the impact of Carrie and Lowell.

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6. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
78
24 reviews
User Score
78
297 reviews
This is an album that proves that there is far more to this band than meets the eye.
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5. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
727 reviews
Jamie xx makes dance music to move you emotionally as much as physically
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4. 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
476 reviews

There’s so much of the band’s past in here, from their spikiest hostility to their sleekest accessibility, but they also seem to be rewriting the rules as they go, which makes this album just fine for newcomers too.

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3. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
83
867 reviews
It’ll be divisive for sure, and fans of Air or Moroder might find it less groundbreaking than trad-rock listeners, but it’s fucking rad on its own merits anyway.
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2. 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
81
610 reviews
Barnett’s songs hold such sway because she’s voicing her entire range of emotions: alternately scared shitless, achingly sad, and (rightly) proud of herself. Being so in touch with her scattershot feelings, her pen should never run dry.
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1. 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
1194 reviews

To Pimp A Butterfly is like a modernist novel, one that rewards re-reading, comes with unreliable narrators, has lengthy interior monologues, and embraces a grand narrative.

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