The Line of Best Fit's 50 Best Albums of 2015

The Line of Best Fit's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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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
295 reviews

At.Long.Last.A$AP feels epochal. It has the strange sense about it of a new rap monument being erected.

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Arca - Mutant

Arca - Mutant
November 20, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
76
164 reviews
It might be a bit early in his career to hail Arca as a visionary, but he has certainly done more to change the landscape of modern music than the majority of his peers.
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Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary

Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary
November 6, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
75
22 reviews

Björk - Vulnicura

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

Vulnicura is stark and powerful in a way that Björk has merely danced around for years. Here, in these songs, she has shed all of her skin

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Bully - Feels Like

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

Feels Like is the culmination of everything Bognanno has learned about making music and, most importantly, about herself; an album of unflinching rawness full of tight, searing tracks that whizz along at breakneck speed.

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CocoRosie - Heartache City

CocoRosie - Heartache City
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
67
6 reviews
User Score
68
12 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
665 reviews

Sometimes is the work of probably the best lyricist writing today, and roundly deserves to be an album for the ages.

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Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'

Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'
July 31, 2015
Americana
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
79
9 reviews

Like all great Country records, Romano’s is cathartic - your heart aches for him and with him - and it is this emotive sway that makes the record a success.

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Danny Seth - Perception

Danny Seth - Perception
September 19, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Deafheaven - New Bermuda
October 2, 2015
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
81
238 reviews

New Bermuda doesn't quite tear up the script put in place by its predecesser but it does signal a changing Deafhaven.

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Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet

Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet
August 21, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
73
47 reviews
It’s a very brave record where Deradoorian eschews the traditional language of pop music to create her own pictures and conversations and turn them into brilliantly beautiful songs.
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Destroyer - Poison Season

Destroyer - Poison Season
August 28, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
80
299 reviews
It makes for hard but rewarding listening, and ultimately the kind of record on which every track becomes its own standout moment.
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Dilly Dally - Sore

Dilly Dally - Sore
October 9, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
User Score
77
32 reviews

EL VY - Return to the Moon

EL VY - Return to the Moon
October 30, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
21 reviews
User Score
73
81 reviews
It’s complex, witty, and - crucially - taps into a side of each man’s creativity in a manner hitherto unseen.
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Emilie Nicolas - Like I'm A Warrior

Emilie Nicolas - Like I'm A Warrior
September 29, 2014
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
83
4 reviews

Empress Of - Me

Empress Of - Me
September 11, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
78
153 reviews

Me is both a fabulous anthology of boisterous pop songs, and a timely, revelatory album for a lot of people to live vicariously through.

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Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
July 10, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
75
51 reviews

Despite Furman’s own insecurities and wanderlust, Perpetual Motion People sounds like home.

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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
793 reviews

A messy, extravagant, astonishing, beguiling and honest experience: that’s love, and that’s also what I Love You, Honeybear is. Just magnificent.

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Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
78
138 reviews
If you’re looking for some music to jog to, this probably isn’t it. But for an album to lose 40 minutes in – to remember what it feels like for an LP to challenge the listener to stay enveloped for its whole duration – look no further.
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Foals - What Went Down

Foals - What Went Down
August 28, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
23 reviews
User Score
75
196 reviews

While not a step forward, What Went Down is a consolidation and refinement of Foals’ artistic strengths and explorations over their previous trio of albums.

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GoldLink - And After That, We Didn't Talk

GoldLink - And After That, We Didn't Talk
November 6, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
7 reviews
User Score
72
21 reviews

Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
July 24, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
77
48 reviews

Y Dydd Olaf is a marvellously magical mixture of elation, anger and sorrow and is very lovely indeed. With the opening salvo of her solo career Gwenno has added another album to the growing list of this year’s highlights.

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Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
76
171 reviews
While still creating boundless, exceptional fringe-pop, on Platform Herndon is finding countless new ways to hold our attention: deploying a greater sense of narrative, an emboldened melodic arsenal and enough enthusiasm to remind us why she remains a vital voice in peripheral pop.
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Jamie xx - In Colour

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

In Colour is a record that could soundtrack break ups, facilitate unions, and prompt both soul searching and sweaty debauchery.

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Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
June 9, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
76
144 reviews

Apocalypse, girl is staggering in so many ways; funny, shocking, engaging, musically ambitious and uncompromising.

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Joanna Newsom - Divers

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

With a formidable knack for telling an engaging story in the space of a song, Divers is further proof that, as a lyricist, Newsom is second to none.

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Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
User Score
84
471 reviews
In a career that has been nothing short of innovative, this arguably marks a creative peak.
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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
1399 reviews
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that he did, in the end, make his deal with the Devil. But the result is a really excellent album: uncompromising, thoughtful, and with enough buried complexities to keep people arguing for years to come.
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Kode9 - Nothing

Kode9 - Nothing
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
75
10 reviews
User Score
70
9 reviews

Kwabs - Love + War

Kwabs - Love + War
September 11, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
73
7 reviews
User Score
72
15 reviews

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
74
371 reviews

Honeymoon reaffirms her ability to make important, masterful pop music that doesn’t pay a blind bit of notice to fashion and it's all the better for it.

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Little Simz - A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons

Little Simz - A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
September 18, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
75
25 reviews

LoneLady - Hinterland

LoneLady - Hinterland
March 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
76
29 reviews

Effusive, highly danceable and crammed with hooks, Hinterland plays like a greatest hits from a parallel universe.

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Ludovico Einaudi - Elements

Ludovico Einaudi - Elements
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
85
1 review
User Score
87
4 reviews

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
October 16, 2015
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
77
123 reviews
With a slight expansion in sound, but yet with the core DNA of their sonic aesthetic intact, they present a musical novella of love and loneliness that aims (tastefully) for the heart and the big time.
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Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

Marina and the Diamonds - Froot
March 13, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
77
258 reviews

Not only the first album written, produced and for herself, but also remarkably candid in her fear of death, legacy and memory. This is Diamandis at her best.

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Mercury Rev - The Light in You

Mercury Rev - The Light in You
October 2, 2015
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
60
10 reviews

Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad

Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad
September 11, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
70
12 reviews
User Score
67
11 reviews

Musically, Good Sad Happy Bad is both challenging and engrossing. But it's the simple yet subtle investigations into questions and actions that are intrinsic to our daily existence which makes this record so exceptional. It's pop music, but it says big things.

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Nadine Shah - Fast Food

Nadine Shah - Fast Food
April 6, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
71
33 reviews

Fast Food isn’t as labyrinthine as her debut – exits are neon-lit fire escapes rather than barricaded doors – but it is just as powerful.

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Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
January 27, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
83
18 reviews
User Score
79
330 reviews

Natalie Prass is a break-up album that doesn’t wallow; it’s the most realistic take on relationships you’ll have heard in a long time.

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Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
October 16, 2015
Chillwave
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
79
256 reviews

As with every Neon Indian album, VEGA INTL Night School can feel chaotic, effusive, even overwhelming at times. But, much like the proverbial “bright lights” of the city which provide the inspiration for this LP, it's dazzling, too.

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Preoccupations - Viet Cong

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

There is no denying the raw power of Viet Cong ... anyone with punk in their heart will connect with this album.

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Sóley - Ask the Deep

Sóley - Ask the Deep
May 12, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
70
4 reviews
User Score
74
9 reviews

Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
74
205 reviews

Chin up, eyes out, Shamir looks ever outward on Ratchet, staking his claim as the foremost purveyor of future pop for future people.

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Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile

Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
79
5 reviews
User Score
76
13 reviews

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
34 reviews
User Score
88
1024 reviews

Despite its light-handed approach, Carrie & Lowell strikes with a sort of urgency unparalleled across the composer's 15-year career. 

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Tamaryn - Cranekiss

Tamaryn - Cranekiss
August 28, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
69
10 reviews
User Score
74
38 reviews

By taking a sharp turn into the light, the shades of grey of her older material have been splattered by blasts of glorious technicolour, a move resulting in her best album to date.

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Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
77
279 reviews

He doesn’t claim to have all the answers—from a strictly epistemological stand-point, Jesso Jr. makes note of how little his experiences in the world have taught him – and it is surely the simplicity of the universe on Goon that offers it and the artist their charm.

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TORRES - Sprinter

TORRES - Sprinter
May 5, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
User Score
79
219 reviews

This album is a vital listen: Scott’s unrestrained emotion, godly technical prowess and a natural gift for just great songwriting make it one of the finest of 2015 so far.

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U.S. Girls - Half Free

U.S. Girls - Half Free
September 25, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
78
14 reviews
User Score
76
88 reviews

With her newest effort, she takes the sonic pillars of electronic music—big hooks, beats, synths—and warps them to create a disquieting brand of avant-pop, a surreal landscape populated by the tragic everywoman.

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