Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2015

Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2015

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40. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

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

39. Bad Guys - Bad Guynaecology

Bad Guys - Bad Guynaecology
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
NR

38. Novella - Land

Novella - Land
May 12, 2015
Shoegaze
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
76
6 reviews

37. Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire

Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire
March 24, 2015
Noise Rock
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
76
80 reviews
Album number seven ... sees the twosome decamp to a professional studio but somehow still do a stellar job of boosting fidelity without dialling down their energy or idiosyncrasies.
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36. Stealing Sheep - Not Real

Stealing Sheep - Not Real
April 14, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
74
11 reviews
User Score
72
20 reviews

35. 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

34. Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl
June 9, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
User Score
76
143 reviews
It is, in plain terms, a simply stunning collection of work that’s by turns charming, alluring, and deeply unsettling. It demands attention, and careful scrutiny reveals subtle details and hidden meanings in her fragile, dream-like world.
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33. Eccentronic Research Council - Johnny Rocket, Narcissist and Music Machine...I'm Your Biggest Fan

Eccentronic Research Council - Johnny Rocket, Narcissist and Music Machine...I'm Your Biggest Fan
May 18, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
70
2 reviews

32. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - The Most Important Place In The World

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - The Most Important Place In The World
March 16, 2015
Folk
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
75
4 reviews

31. Romare - Projections

Romare - Projections
February 23, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
69
6 reviews
User Score
71
13 reviews

30. 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
26 reviews

29. Roots Manuva - Bleeds

Roots Manuva - Bleeds
October 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
13 reviews
User Score
77
24 reviews
As the beam of his creative torch falls, in turn, upon hip hop, grime, house and funk, he demonstrates a sonic sleight of hand that is unparalleled in modern UK music as a whole, never mind the narrow confines of hip hop.
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28. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
74
26 reviews
User Score
73
344 reviews

27. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

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

As a band that seems so down on life, Viet Cong’s debut album could easily be a dragging bore, but it’s not.

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26. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
October 9, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
User Score
79
167 reviews
If thematically some tracks are smaller-scale, musically things have been blown up.
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25. Rival Consoles - Howl

Rival Consoles - Howl
August 26, 2015
IDM
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
77
11 reviews

24. Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

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

Even if ‘Perpetual Motion People’ runs a tad long, it’s very much a record to get lost in, with new complexities thrown up on every listen.

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23. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
November 13, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
80
208 reviews
‘Garden of Delete’ is a terrific example of a meaty, complex electronic album that employs just enough stylistic quirks to remind you that it’s made by man rather than machine.
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22. 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
‘Multi-Love’ shuns themes of misery and isolation in favour of the bittersweet nature of togetherness, while embracing the rich strain of funk and R&B that has always simmered beneath UMO’s work.
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21. Beirut - No No No

Beirut - No No No
September 11, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
63
18 reviews
User Score
68
89 reviews

20. Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
76
170 reviews
‘Platform’ feels simultaneously fresh and yet part of a classic electronic lineage that also includes, amongst others, μ-Ziq, múm, Björk and, more recently, Balam Acab and The Knife.
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19. 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

It’s indicative of how diverse and accomplished the album is that the four best tracks are of completely different genres and seem anything but forced.

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18. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
May 19, 2015
World
Critic Score
90
8 reviews
User Score
78
111 reviews

17. Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh
May 12, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
User Score
76
62 reviews
‘Dumb Flesh’ is the borderline masterpiece that finally brings Power’s genuine definition as a solo artist.
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16. LoneLady - Hinterland

LoneLady - Hinterland
March 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
76
28 reviews
‘Hinterland’ brings a new richness to its arrangements that allows its songs to develop from spiky bursts into longer, more addictive grooves.
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15. Joanna Newsom - Divers

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

For all its bewitching scholarly accomplishment, this is a wonderfully natural-feeling album, whose heart has even more to offer than its thrillingly skilful head. 

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14. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
User Score
82
763 reviews
Assured, polished, and precise, if we’ve learned anything over the last few years it’s that a little patience has only ever heightened Jamie xx’s brilliant understatement.
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13. Ought - Sun Coming Down

Ought - Sun Coming Down
September 18, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
78
148 reviews

Confident enough to bury their influences – David Byrne, Talking Heads, Modern Lovers et al. – a little deeper this time, Ought seem unencumbered by history and intent on carving out their own legacy; they look defiantly forward, not back.

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12. Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
78
135 reviews
What makes ‘Elaenia’ so moreish is the atmosphere Shepherd evokes: effortlessly groove-laden live drums, hazy not-quite-melodies and a seamless flow across its 43 minutes makes for rather hypnotic listening.
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11. Grimm Grimm - Hazy Eyes Maybe

Grimm Grimm - Hazy Eyes Maybe
June 30, 2015
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
73
3 reviews

10. 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

9. Wand - 1000 Days

Wand - 1000 Days
September 25, 2015
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
73
13 reviews
User Score
77
6 reviews

8. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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

For the first time in his career, Stevens has removed all the artifice and high-concept safety curtains from around his work and dealt, straight, with his own life in all its unflinching ugliness. That he’s managed to do it with such poise, hope, quiet power and affecting grace is a musical and emotionally cathartic triumph.

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6. Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie

Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie
September 25, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
80
23 reviews
User Score
73
55 reviews
Nothing – or nobody – else sounds like Girl Band at the moment and they seem to relish in their own demented yet deeply exhilarating creations.
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5. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
21 reviews
User Score
78
276 reviews

Don’t approach this record with a jaded mindset which rejects its unoriginal theme and unchallenging style – instead, stomp down those weary-minded objections and soak in the genuinely engaging strength of the songwriting and its skilful, less-is-more delivery.

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4. 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
451 reviews

Rather than nodding respectfully at the artists of the past, Holter now fixes her stare inward, shining a torch on what makes her tick as a human being. The result is a much more honest and more personal collection.

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3. 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

2. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
July 24, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
User Score
77
49 reviews
If the themes – and language – are subversively impenetrable, the tunes throughout are unambiguously gorgeous.
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1. 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
772 reviews

Perhaps it’s Father John Misty as an antidote to the American dream that makes ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ such a compelling and addictive listen. That underneath this beautiful sounding record things are pointed toward a seedier truth.

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