Drowned in Sound's Favorite Albums of the Year 2015

Drowned in Sound's Favorite Albums of the Year 2015

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100. Drinks - Hermits On Holiday

Drinks - Hermits On Holiday
August 21, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
75
14 reviews
User Score
67
8 reviews
The record is far more avant-garde than any of le Bon’s solo material, and calls on the most antisocial aspects of Presley’s. It’s gnarled, it’s confounding, it’s strong-armed, and you’re sure it’s winking at you every once in awhile.
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99. The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
April 7, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
18 reviews
User Score
72
76 reviews

98. SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream

SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream
June 2, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
14 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

97. Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
May 11, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
76
42 reviews
This isn’t a record to stick on in the car stereo but an album to obsess over on sleepless nights.
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96. Nadine Shah - Fast Food

Nadine Shah - Fast Food
April 6, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
71
33 reviews
The songs on this record have been delivered with the kind of aplomb that only someone with an unshakeable confidence in their work can muster, which suggests that Nadine Shah’s artistic future is mouthwatering.
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95. Fairhorns - Fuckup Rush

Fairhorns - Fuckup Rush
March 30, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
NR

94. Gaz Coombes - Matador

Gaz Coombes - Matador
January 26, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
75
38 reviews
Vital, urgent and impassioned – Gas Coombes has written the record he always deserved a chance to make.
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93. Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
78
137 reviews

92. Deafheaven - New Bermuda

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

New Bermuda is overflowing with more ideas than either of Deafheaven’s records to date.

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91. Villagers - Darling Arithmetic

Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
April 14, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
72
17 reviews
User Score
74
34 reviews

Darling Arithmetic is rarely anything but elegant. There are a multitude of splendid noises across its focused path but never anything approaching a scream.

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90. Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
22 reviews
User Score
76
171 reviews
At once Herndon’s most accessible and most adventurous record, this is digital age avant-garde sound art put through a pop prism, and it’s all the more exciting as a result.
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89. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

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

88. Ought - Sun Coming Down

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

There’s a marked step forward in the deceptive depth of Sun Coming Down, and Ought perhaps traded in some of their debut longplayer’s immediacy in getting it, but their wit and emotional complexity remain stronger than ever.

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87. 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
The great strength of El Vy ... is that it brings forth both members’ strengths to create something that sounds like a proper polished debut from a 'real' band.
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86. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down

Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down
September 25, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
25 reviews
User Score
78
262 reviews

He makes no huge stylistic leap on the album, but instead allows for an organic refinement of his already unique and provocative style. It’s well aware of its influences, and well aware of itself.

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85. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
User Score
83
982 reviews
This is a record that demands your reflection and immersion, rather than just mindlessly wigging out. Whilst that may be disappointing to hear for some, it doesn’t take too much away from the latest stage of this 29-year-old’s fascinating career.
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84. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
77
387 reviews

83. 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
664 reviews

There are manifold reasons why Barnett’s music is so compelling, then, but it all boils down to the way that she mines the little details for something powerful and resonant, creating songs that are at once universal and deeply personal.

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82. The Cribs - For All My Sisters

The Cribs - For All My Sisters
March 24, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
User Score
72
31 reviews
The Cribs have managed to interpret the notion of 'pop music' into an often-spectacular record.
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81. JME - Integrity>

JME - Integrity>
May 4, 2015
Grime
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
75
22 reviews

80. LoneLady - Hinterland

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

While Campbell's music hasn't done a complete U-turn and embraced sonic maximalism, the nine tracks on Hinterland benefit from greater depth, evident on even the sparsest cuts.

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79. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
October 2, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
User Score
73
47 reviews

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is a rich, dense and rewarding album. Dig deep into it and watch it envelop you - decay and chaos has rarely sounded so seductive.

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78. Battles - La Di Da Di

Battles - La Di Da Di
September 18, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
User Score
71
82 reviews

Its components are more straightforward, with keyboards, drums, bass and the odd guitar are being looped about with gleeful abandon but still sounding more minimalist than either of its predecessors.

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77. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth
September 11, 2015
Garage Rock
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
User Score
69
53 reviews

It’s a stylish, likeable work, that while not hitting the peaks of excitement in their early albums has a real consistency and warmth.

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76. Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous

Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous
November 13, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
79
23 reviews

75. Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
August 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
26 reviews
User Score
75
206 reviews

74. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
User Score
82
795 reviews
There’s a depth to this record that evokes an intellectual approach to his craft: every beat, synth and sample appears to have been meticulously planned by this music nerd (which is in no way meant as a diss).
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73. Ghost Culture - Ghost Culture

Ghost Culture - Ghost Culture
January 5, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
User Score
72
69 reviews
Indeed, the ten tracks that make up the record often move from a verse/chorus structure to something entirely different.
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72. Colder - Many Colours

Colder - Many Colours
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

71. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
January 27, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
User Score
77
100 reviews
It sounds casual and ramshackle on first listen, but it’s a very detailed and precise record.
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70. Beach House - Depression Cherry

Beach House - Depression Cherry
August 28, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
80
510 reviews

This is music that lingers in the mind and seeps into the bones. And while you can view it as melancholic, Scally and Legrand never dwell on sentimentality or allow anything to sink into despondency.

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70. Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars
October 16, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
User Score
78
285 reviews

69. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
78
317 reviews
While the debt is still to the Sixties and Seventies sounds of Muscle Shoals, of Otis and Aretha, and a big slab of late-era Beatles, the quartet work hard to make this a sonically interesting journey.
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68. Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
March 2, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
75
39 reviews
The record is alive. It has punch, guts, heart, all the things you would hope for really, whilst at the same time maintaining the central potency of what made Ghostpoet so great in the first place.
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67. 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

66. Cheatahs - Mythologies

Cheatahs - Mythologies
October 30, 2015
Shoegaze
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
73
9 reviews

65. Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter
May 11, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
24 reviews
User Score
72
31 reviews
It’s a record which grabs you by the collar from the opening seconds and angrily demands that you fucking well listen to what it has to say.
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64. Errors - Lease of Life

Errors - Lease of Life
March 23, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
78
9 reviews
User Score
73
22 reviews

63. Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile

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

62. Desaparecidos - Payola

Desaparecidos - Payola
June 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
74
19 reviews
User Score
71
36 reviews

It doesn’t quite retain the piss and vinegar, lightning-in-a-bottle feel of its predecessor. But then of course it doesn’t: that album was turned out in a matter of days by much younger musicians, while this release spanned years and several recording sessions and it’s still absolutely exhilarating.

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61. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
January 20, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
35 reviews
User Score
70
165 reviews
It’s an excellent album by a band who seem to be permanently brimming with life and ideas, a glimmer of warmth to lighten the dark depths of winter.
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60. Title Fight - Hyperview

Title Fight - Hyperview
February 3, 2015
Shoegaze
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
User Score
73
49 reviews

59. Blank Realm - Illegals in Heaven

Blank Realm - Illegals in Heaven
September 4, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

57. Gnod - Infinity Machines

Gnod - Infinity Machines
April 20, 2015
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
User Score
74
3 reviews

56. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
March 31, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
74
44 reviews

55. 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
470 reviews
Holter’s songs are grand, cinematic experiences, akin to entering a nebulous, shimmering other-world.
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54. Lanterns on the Lake - Beings

Lanterns on the Lake - Beings
November 13, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
77
14 reviews

53. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
October 16, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
31 reviews
User Score
80
326 reviews

Fading Frontier ... is the sort of record that only Deerhunter could make, a contradictory and even on paper somewhat illogical set of songs that nonetheless constitutes the most graceful set of music of the band’s career.

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52. HEALTH - Death Magic

HEALTH - Death Magic
August 7, 2015
Synthpunk
Critic Score
73
23 reviews
User Score
73
82 reviews
Their rampaging style of yore feels a little constrained and tamed by the booming production and ‘nice’ singing, but at the same time they are beginning to write some pretty stupendous ‘proper’ songs.
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51. Girlpool - Before The World Was Big

Girlpool - Before The World Was Big
June 2, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
77
20 reviews
User Score
75
72 reviews

Before the World Was Big is a record that will help you appreciate the 'good old days' whilst you're still in them; it's a record that will make you feel okay about the unsettling aspects of the future and it's a record that will make you wanna hug your pals and never let them go.

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