Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

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22. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf

May 29, 2015
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
Much of the album is frenetic -- full of bodies and larger-than-life. But the muted and downcast moments end up being memorable, tender and affecting.

21. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

Honeymoon erases most of Del Rey’s modern influences ... to better display her sepulchral voice and highly-stylized phrasing, in which the melisma is so arbitrary, it almost seems determined by throws of the I Ching.

20. Bob Moses - Days Gone By

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

17. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

It's not a radical reformation of Welch's style; she hasn't stripped all the ornamentation from her cathedral of sound and become a folky confessional songwriter. But she is resorting less to abstract, lofty imagery and speaking with a more frank immediacy.

15. Big Sean - Dark Sky Paradise

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
73
12 reviews

With sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.

13. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
For all the grief and regret it contains, it's a triumphant debut, encapsulating the grit of life, ­turning it into a hell of a journey.

11. Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

DS2 is a heavy dose of medication as entertainment, and it's not for those with a low tolerance.

10. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews
This is country music that knows its country music.

9. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

Lyrically, Tillman has a penchant for enjambment that leaves punchlines and revelations momentarily suspended, so songs unfold with continual surprises.

8. D'Angelo - Black Messiah

December 15, 2014
Critic Score
93
25 reviews

7. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

Among rock music of its kind, it's one of the most ­muscular collections in some time, yet it accomplishes this by hardly even flexing.

6. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews

For as erudite as it is, though, In Colour doesn't require footnotes to enjoy -- it's first and ­foremost a dance record.

5. Adele - 25

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
31 reviews

On 25, the material is occasionally inspired, sometimes dull, but always serviceable -- and with Adele, that’s enough.

4. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

There's a lot, sometimes too much, to take in, but Staples has tons to say, in a delivery that finds middle ground between Nas' wizened rasp and Too Short's melodic Cali lilt.

3. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews

Despite the bold declarations, beautiful beats and brash imagery, To Pimp a Butterfly is not an announcement, it's a conversation.

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