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Entertainment Weekly's 40 Best Albums of 2015

Entertainment Weekly's 40 Best Albums of 2015

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40. Ryan Adams - 1989

September 21, 2015
Critic Score
67
16 reviews
If turning the biggest, shiniest pop record of the past year into a survey course in classic rock economy sounds like a novelty, it is. But it’s also the best kind—one that brings two divergent artists together in smart, unexpected ways, and somehow manages to reveal the best of both of them.

39. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

37. Bully - Feels Like

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
76
17 reviews

36. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
His latest sounds happier, and it’s still steeped in the Southern mythology that’s his forte.

33. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
She’s often described as childlike, due to her lovely, elfin voice and her affection for fairy tales, but Divers comes from a highly sophisticated mind, with its complicated, polyrhythmic arrangements and lyrics that explore the nature of time.

32. Selena Gomez - Revival

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
68
6 reviews

On her fifth album Gomez goes for mood-setting, and the result is a gripping batch of sultry pop jams that are more “Netflix and chill,” less “Let’s hit the clurb.”

31. The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
69
12 reviews

Frontman Dan Auerbach’s new project lands right in the meaty part of the psychedelic curve with jolts of lush hypno-soul and tough garage-edelia.

30. Bob Moses - Days Gone By

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

27. METZ - II

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

26. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
79
28 reviews

25. Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

March 13, 2015
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

The Welsh chanteuse’s first two records were rooted in clubby dance-pop, but on her latest, she tosses off the dubstep like cheap cubic zirconia. The change highlights her brightest facet—that limber voice, which swings from voluptuous alto to fluttering soprano in one swoop.

24. Algiers - Algiers

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

23. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

January 6, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

18. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
The crimson-and-clover sprawl of the band’s first two albums is still intact, but there’s a new kind of richness to frontman Kevin Parker’s lonely-astronaut experiments.

17. Justin Bieber - Purpose

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
63
22 reviews

A definitive statement of young manhood, full of deeply meta references to fame and maturity and persecution by the press.

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

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
24 reviews

With no clear bangers on the landscape, Late feels more like the platonic ideal of a Drake album: a woozy, wordy stream-of-consciousness whose stylistic shifts are subtle on a molecular level.

15. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

How Big is Welch’s most accomplished album yet, primarily because she doesn’t rely solely on operatics to make herself heard.

14. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
88
31 reviews
Now that they’re back, here’s to them living forever.

13. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

The songs here are far more intricately constructed than anything on the band’s debut, and the musicianship is disciplined almost to a fault; a little unbridled rocking out would actually have injected some needed verve into Color’s quieter second half.

12. Miguel - Wildheart

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Miguel recognizes both the romance and the risk embedded in the City of Angels, a clear-eyed balance that makes Wildheart as bracing as a plunge into the Pacific.

11. Janet Jackson - Unbreakable

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

Janet strikes a solid balance between innovation and dependability, bridging past and future better than most—including her legendary sibling.

10. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

August 30, 2015
Critic Score
56
18 reviews

Dead Petz is a remarkable accomplishment because Cyrus appears to have grasped all of her potential at once: there are Hot 100-ready sugar bombs, psychedelic departures, rugged rock, and throbbing alt-pop that immediately makes the year’s other best pop record (Carly Rae Jepsen’s excellent EMOTION) sound alarmingly obsolete.

9. Wilco - Star Wars

July 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
Wilco have often been referred to as “the American Radiohead,” but they are better than that descriptor—Radiohead never sound like they’re having this much fun.

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

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

At.Long.Last.A$AP is a fantastically dense hip-hop album, worthy of its association with recent instant classics like Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and the aforementioned Drake surprise album.

3. Adele - 25

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
31 reviews

Her voice is a national monument, a ninth wonder; whatever she chooses to wrap it around is transformed and taken over.

2. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
75
22 reviews

E•MO•TION is the sound of a girl who’s had her career-defining smash; now she just wants to have fun.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews

Lamar operates in the same boldly visionary idiom as the Purple One, expanding the boundaries of the hip-hop empire and daring other aspirants to the throne—yes, even Kanye, even Jay—to play catch-up.

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