Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2015

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2015

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25. Disclosure - Caracal

Disclosure - Caracal
September 25, 2015
House
Critic Score
67
23 reviews
User Score
66
166 reviews

As much as they respect the deep-house gods, Caracal sees Disclosure wrestling to resist and thankfully losing.

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24. Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4

Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4
June 2, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
65
7 reviews
User Score
60
20 reviews

23. Laura Marling - Short Movie

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

22. Ashley Monroe - The Blade

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

21. Selena Gomez - Revival

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

20. Joanna Newsom - Divers

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

The singer-songwriter's first album in five years, Divers, adds electric guitar to the mix, yet stays true to her original template of epic poetry set to masterful harp-plucking and vocal ascents that climb toward the stratosphere.

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19. Björk - Vulnicura

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

One listen to Vulnicura confirms what's been evident for a long time, but will still continue to come as a disappointment for many: Björk firmly belongs to the world of the avant-garde.

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18. 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

17. Young Thug - Barter 6

Young Thug - Barter 6
April 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
74
142 reviews

16. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

Purity Ring - Another Eternity
March 3, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
68
26 reviews
User Score
68
215 reviews
Producer Corin Roddick's tinny percussive loops, pitch-shifted vocal samples, and bass drones continue to make a fine pairing with singer Megan James's deceptively unassuming vocals.
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15. Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone

Erykah Badu - But You Caint Use My Phone
November 27, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
70 reviews

14. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

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

13. Janet Jackson - Unbreakable

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

Janet has calculatedly played the humble-grateful card countless times in her career, but Unbreakable, a ready-made collection of deep cuts, is one of the first times she's given a fully convincing performance.

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12. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
76
20 reviews
User Score
79
329 reviews

Emotion is further proof that Jepsen is capable of translating broadly understood emotions and experiences into unshakable earworms.

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11. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - Love Is Free

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - Love Is Free
August 7, 2015
Dance Pop
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
69
20 reviews

If there's a distinguishing feature that differentiates Robyn's Love Is Free ... from both last year's Do It Again and 2010's Body Talk EPs, it's that the songs on the singer's latest mini-album take a decidedly more purist approach to the retro stylings that were hinted at in her previous work.

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10. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
May 5, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
82
263 reviews

9. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

James McMurtry - Complicated Game
February 24, 2015
Americana
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
User Score
75
53 reviews
He's a storyteller with a literary knack for using detail and narrative to draw complex, relatable characters, and his storytelling finesse has never been more evident than it is here.
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8. 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

7. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
21 reviews
User Score
75
201 reviews

His winking in-jokes and one-liners might have gotten the Internet's attention, but Ratchet wins you over when it reveals that this smart-aleck's got a beating heart too.

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6. Miguel - Wildheart

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

As with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, another work whose laser-focused assuredness counterpoises the ambivalence on display here, Wildheart stands out as a collection of songs about the significance of roots, using an assortment of West Coast imagery to communicate the splintered state of the artistic psyche Miguel presents.

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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
30 reviews
User Score
84
737 reviews
Tillman's narrator is a self-destructive train wreck, but he's so masterfully sketched that he feels more than deserving of sympathy.
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4. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

3. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
81
609 reviews
There's still some room for Boucher to further focus her ambitions, but this album is the surest evidence so far that she's game for the challenge.
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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
30 reviews
User Score
81
613 reviews

For an album that deals in low stakes, Sometimes I Sit and Think finds Barnett hitting some incredible highs.

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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
1236 reviews

Tidy this album isn't, but like There's a Riot Goin' On or the distended jams of One Nation Under a Groove, the uncompromising messiness is the point.

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