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Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2015

Loud and Quiet's Top 40 Albums of 2015

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39. Bad Guys - Bad Guynaecology

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

38. Novella - Land

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

37. Lightning Bolt - Fantasy Empire

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
80
17 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.

34. Jenny Hval - Apocalypse, girl

June 9, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 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.

31. Romare - Projections

February 23, 2015
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

29. Roots Manuva - Bleeds

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
81
13 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.

28. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

27. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
81
25 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.

26. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
82
16 reviews
If thematically some tracks are smaller-scale, musically things have been blown up.

25. Rival Consoles - Howl

August 26, 2015
Critic Score
75
11 reviews

24. Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

July 10, 2015
Critic Score
79
15 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.

23. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 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.

22. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
80
25 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.

21. Beirut - No No No

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
63
18 reviews

20. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 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.

19. U.S. Girls - Half Free

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 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.

17. Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

May 12, 2015
Critic Score
76
17 reviews
‘Dumb Flesh’ is the borderline masterpiece that finally brings Power’s genuine definition as a solo artist.

16. LoneLady - Hinterland

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
‘Hinterland’ brings a new richness to its arrangements that allows its songs to develop from spiky bursts into longer, more addictive grooves.

15. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 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. 

14. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 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.

13. Ought - Sun Coming Down

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
81
17 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.

12. Floating Points - Elaenia

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
17 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.

11. Grimm Grimm - Hazy Eyes Maybe

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

9. Wand - 1000 Days

Wand - 1000 Days
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 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.

6. Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
80
23 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.

5. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 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.

4. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
25 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.

2. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
80
12 reviews
If the themes – and language – are subversively impenetrable, the tunes throughout are unambiguously gorgeous.

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 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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