NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2015

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums of 2015

Original Source

Africa Express Sound System - Terry Riley's In C Mali

Africa Express Sound System - Terry Riley's In C Mali
November 24, 2014
Critic Score
79
4 reviews
User Score
65
4 reviews

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

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

Anthony De Mare - Liaisons - Re-imagining Sondheim From The Piano

Anthony De Mare - Liaisons - Re-imagining Sondheim From The Piano
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Ashley Monroe - The Blade

Ashley Monroe - The Blade
July 24, 2015
Country
Critic Score
81
9 reviews
User Score
73
21 reviews

Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer

Bomba Estéreo - Amanecer
June 2, 2015
Latin Pop
Critic Score
68
1 review
User Score
74
13 reviews

Boston Modern Orchestra Project - Andrew Norman: Play

Boston Modern Orchestra Project - Andrew Norman: Play
December 23, 2014
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter

Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter
March 3, 2015
Folk Rock
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
71
15 reviews

Carla Morrison - Amor Supremo

Carla Morrison - Amor Supremo
November 6, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
70
17 reviews

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
379 reviews

Cécile McLorin Salvant - For One To Love

Cécile McLorin Salvant - For One To Love
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
89
1 review

Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
May 5, 2015
Country
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
77
43 reviews

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Stretch Music

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Stretch Music
September 18, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
74
2 reviews
User Score
78
13 reviews

Colleen - Captain of None

Colleen - Captain of None
April 7, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

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

Daymé Arocena - Nueva Era

Daymé Arocena - Nueva Era
June 8, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews
User Score
76
1 review

Dead To A Dying World - Litany

Dead To A Dying World - Litany
August 18, 2015
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
83
4 reviews

DJ Sotofett - Drippin' for a Tripp

DJ Sotofett - Drippin' for a Tripp
March 23, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
81
2 reviews

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
295 reviews

Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
79
135 reviews

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
June 2, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
User Score
78
315 reviews

Four Tet - Morning/Evening

Four Tet - Morning/Evening
June 21, 2015
Microhouse
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
71
66 reviews

Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
71
194 reviews

Girlpool - Before The World Was Big

Girlpool - Before The World Was Big
June 2, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
User Score
75
72 reviews

Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Ibeyi - Ibeyi
February 17, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
77
116 reviews

ICE - In the Light of Air: ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir

ICE - In the Light of Air: ICE Performs Anna Thorvaldsdottir
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Jamie xx - In Colour

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

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
76
63 reviews

Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show

Jazmine Sullivan - Reality Show
January 13, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
73
73 reviews

Joan Shelley - Over and Even

Joan Shelley - Over and Even
September 4, 2015
Folk
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
82
7 reviews

Joanna Newsom - Divers

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

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
June 23, 2015
Country
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
106 reviews

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
May 5, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
82
283 reviews

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

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
October 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
74
12 reviews

Low - Ones and Sixes

Low - Ones and Sixes
September 11, 2015
Slowcore
Critic Score
77
22 reviews
User Score
76
59 reviews

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
May 19, 2015
World
Critic Score
90
8 reviews
User Score
78
111 reviews

Patty Griffin - Servant of Love

Patty Griffin - Servant of Love
September 25, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
User Score
75
7 reviews

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
February 10, 2015
Folk
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
72
18 reviews

Sam Lee & Friends - The Fade In Time

Sam Lee & Friends - The Fade In Time
June 16, 2015
Folk
Critic Score
93
4 reviews
User Score
87
5 reviews

San Francisco Symphony - Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music

San Francisco Symphony - Adams: Absolute Jest & Grand Pianola Music
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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

The Beauty Pill - Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are

The Beauty Pill - Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are
April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
2 reviews
User Score
72
2 reviews

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

The Internet - Ego Death

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

TORRES - Sprinter

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

Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC

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

Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff

Vijay Iyer Trio - Break Stuff
February 10, 2015
Jazz
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
77
7 reviews

Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
21 reviews
User Score
83
463 reviews

Worriers - Imaginary Life

Worriers - Imaginary Life
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
69
2 reviews
User Score
73
1 review

Xáos - Xáos

Xáos - Xáos
June 22, 2015
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
100
1 review
Original Source: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/07/458447213/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2015

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