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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

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
27 reviews

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

Arca - Mutant

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
79
18 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.

Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 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

Bully - Feels Like

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
76
17 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.

CocoRosie - Heartache City

CocoRosie - Heartache City
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
67
6 reviews

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

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

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

Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'
July 31, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 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.

Danny Seth - Perception

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

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

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

Deradoorian - The Expanding Flower Planet

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
74
16 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.

Destroyer - Poison Season

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
It makes for hard but rewarding listening, and ultimately the kind of record on which every track becomes its own standout moment.

EL VY - Return to the Moon

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
74
21 reviews
It’s complex, witty, and - crucially - taps into a side of each man’s creativity in a manner hitherto unseen.

Emilie Nicolas - Like I'm A Warrior

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

Empress Of - Me

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
80
10 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.

Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

July 10, 2015
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

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

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

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

Floating Points - Elaenia

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
17 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.

Foals - What Went Down

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
24 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.

Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
80
12 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.

Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 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.

Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

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

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

June 9, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

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

Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 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.

1. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
In a career that has been nothing short of innovative, this arguably marks a creative peak.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 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.

Kode9 - Nothing

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

Kwabs - Love + War

Kwabs - Love + War
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
73
7 reviews

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
26 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.

LoneLady - Hinterland

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

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

Ludovico Einaudi - Elements

Ludovico Einaudi - Elements
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
85
1 review

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
19 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.

Marina and the Diamonds - Froot

March 13, 2015
Critic Score
74
16 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.

Micachu and the Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
70
12 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.

Nadine Shah - Fast Food

April 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
8 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.

Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
83
18 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.

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
78
17 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.

Preoccupations - Viet Cong

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

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

Sóley - Ask the Deep

Sóley - Ask the Deep
May 12, 2015
Critic Score
70
4 reviews

Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
77
23 reviews

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

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

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

Tamaryn - Cranekiss

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
69
10 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.

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 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.

TORRES - Sprinter

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 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.

U.S. Girls - Half Free

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 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.

Original Source: http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/listomania/the-50-best-albums-of-2015
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