Entertainment Weekly's 40 Best Albums of 2015

Entertainment Weekly's 40 Best Albums of 2015

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40. Ryan Adams - 1989

Ryan Adams - 1989
September 21, 2015
Pop Rock
Critic Score
67
16 reviews
User Score
69
63 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.
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39. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
546 reviews

38. Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim

Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim
September 11, 2015
Blues Rock
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
User Score
75
17 reviews

37. Bully - Feels Like

Bully - Feels Like
June 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
User Score
75
88 reviews

36. 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
His latest sounds happier, and it’s still steeped in the Southern mythology that’s his forte.
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35. Hop Along - Painted Shut

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

34. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

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

33. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
User Score
83
244 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.
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32. Selena Gomez - Revival

Selena Gomez - Revival
October 9, 2015
Pop
Critic Score
68
6 reviews
User Score
70
168 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.”

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31. The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily

The Arcs - Yours, Dreamily
September 4, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
69
12 reviews
User Score
73
51 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.

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30. Bob Moses - Days Gone By

Bob Moses - Days Gone By
September 18, 2015
Deep House
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
78
12 reviews

29. Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams

Coldplay - A Head Full of Dreams
December 4, 2015
Pop Rock
Critic Score
56
20 reviews
User Score
52
189 reviews

28. 5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good Feels Good

5 Seconds of Summer - Sounds Good Feels Good
October 23, 2015
Pop Rock
Critic Score
58
7 reviews
User Score
46
30 reviews

27. METZ - II

METZ - II
May 5, 2015
Noise Rock
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
74
96 reviews

26. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
September 25, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
79
27 reviews
User Score
75
300 reviews

25. Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

Marina and the Diamonds - Froot
March 13, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
76
233 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.

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24. Algiers - Algiers

Algiers - Algiers
June 2, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
76
94 reviews

23. Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife
January 6, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
12 reviews
User Score
63
149 reviews

22. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
November 6, 2015
Country
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
77
8 reviews

21. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
May 29, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
83
15 reviews
User Score
76
246 reviews

20. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

19. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

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

18. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
User Score
83
942 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.
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17. Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose
November 13, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
63
22 reviews
User Score
62
154 reviews

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

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16. 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
24 reviews
User Score
77
367 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.

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15. 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
77
298 reviews

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

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14. 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
486 reviews
Now that they’re back, here’s to them living forever.
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13. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
78
310 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.

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12. Miguel - Wildheart

Miguel - Wildheart
June 30, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
82
25 reviews
User Score
79
271 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.

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11. Janet Jackson - Unbreakable

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable
October 2, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
75
75 reviews

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

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10. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
August 30, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
56
18 reviews
User Score
45
193 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.

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9. Wilco - Star Wars

Wilco - Star Wars
July 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
74
192 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.
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8. 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
771 reviews

7. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

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

6. 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
648 reviews

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

A$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP
May 26, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
27 reviews
User Score
75
282 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.

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4. Jamie xx - In Colour

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

3. Adele - 25

Adele - 25
November 20, 2015
Soul
Critic Score
71
31 reviews
User Score
72
274 reviews

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

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2. 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
362 reviews

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

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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
1336 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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Original Source: http://www.ew.com/gallery/best-albums-2015

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