A.V. Club's 15 Best Albums of 2015

A.V. Club's 15 Best Albums of 2015

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15. Hop Along - Painted Shut

Hop Along - Painted Shut
May 5, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
12 reviews
User Score
79
179 reviews

Unfortunately for some, Painted Shut signals the end of Hop Along’s tenure as a little-known buzz band. For everyone else, it’s the sound of being welcomed to the party.

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14. Wilco - Star Wars

Wilco - Star Wars
July 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
73
193 reviews

Star Wars sounds simultaneously cohesive and chaotic: If anything, the collection feels more akin to Wilco’s roughhewn concerts, which have always blasted the studio polish off the band’s songs.

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13. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle

Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
80
68 reviews

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

Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
September 25, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
25 reviews
User Score
78
260 reviews

His sixth album, B’lieve I’m Goin Down…, finds Vile at his most loose and bleary-eyed, with a hazy, vertiginous feel on the darkest and most spontaneous collection of songs he’s released to date.

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11. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
October 9, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
79
170 reviews

In the best sense, The Agent Intellect takes what made its predecessors good and builds on it.

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10. TORRES - Sprinter

TORRES - Sprinter
May 5, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
78
214 reviews

9. 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
663 reviews

Building on the best tendencies of her earlier songs, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit finds Barnett deftly connecting the foreground to the background, the surface to the undercurrent.

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8. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
April 7, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
77
209 reviews

Adapting nearly every trend in indie-rock for her own needs, Crutchfield crafts a record that runs the range of human emotion without settling into any one lane.

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

Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
October 30, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
User Score
74
58 reviews
If Snyder’s goal is to get the band’s points across and accomplish that feeling of catharsis all the same, then this record sure feels like a success.
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6. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
83
463 reviews
It’s a major triumph disguised as a minor one—60 minutes of lean, inventive, important rap music that never pats itself on the back for being any of those things.
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5. 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
787 reviews

Fortunately, the masterful I Love You, Honeybear proves that Misty the character doesn’t overpower Tillman the musician.

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4. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
81
676 reviews
It’s slick and gritty, fun and funny, and horrifying and grotesque all at once. It will also make you shake your ass like nothing else.
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3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
34 reviews
User Score
88
1015 reviews

It’s tricky territory to navigate in these cynical times, and hardened hearts and ears might find it off-putting. But meet Carrie & Lowell on its terms and it’s revelatory.

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2. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
78
492 reviews

It’s an exploration of success, of age, and of the group’s journey. And while some of the album’s sounds might not be especially revolutionary ... they’re madly solid and compelling all the same.

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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
1372 reviews

Where Good Kid was a linear story, To Pimp A Butterfly is an 80-minute pileup of loose ends, unfinished thoughts, and contradictions. Lamar will hint at a conclusion, then refute it; point fingers, then redirect them.

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