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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

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
75
14 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.

97. Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys

May 11, 2015
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
This isn’t a record to stick on in the car stereo but an album to obsess over on sleepless nights.

96. Nadine Shah - Fast Food

April 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
8 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.

95. Fairhorns - Fuckup Rush

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

94. Gaz Coombes - Matador

January 26, 2015
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
Vital, urgent and impassioned – Gas Coombes has written the record he always deserved a chance to make.

92. Deafheaven - New Bermuda

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

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

91. Villagers - Darling Arithmetic

Villagers - Darling Arithmetic
April 14, 2015
Critic Score
72
17 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.

90. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 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.

88. Ought - Sun Coming Down

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
81
17 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.

87. EL VY - Return to the Moon

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
74
21 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.

86. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
26 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.

85. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 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.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 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.

82. The Cribs - For All My Sisters

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
74
12 reviews
The Cribs have managed to interpret the notion of 'pop music' into an often-spectacular record.

81. JME - Integrity>

May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

80. LoneLady - Hinterland

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
80
11 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.

79. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
82
18 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.

78. Battles - La Di Da Di

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
69
24 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.

77. The Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
68
25 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.

74. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 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).

73. Ghost Culture - Ghost Culture

January 5, 2015
Critic Score
75
11 reviews
Indeed, the ten tracks that make up the record often move from a verse/chorus structure to something entirely different.

72. Colder - Many Colours

Colder - Many Colours
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

71. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
It sounds casual and ramshackle on first listen, but it’s a very detailed and precise record.

70. Beach House - Depression Cherry

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
79
31 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.

69. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
26 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.

68. Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

March 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
9 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.

66. Cheatahs - Mythologies

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

65. Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter

May 11, 2015
Critic Score
74
24 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.

63. Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

62. Desaparecidos - Payola

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
74
19 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.

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

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
74
35 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.

60. Title Fight - Hyperview

February 3, 2015
Critic Score
68
12 reviews

57. Gnod - Infinity Machines

April 20, 2015
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

55. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
Holter’s songs are grand, cinematic experiences, akin to entering a nebulous, shimmering other-world.

54. Lanterns on the Lake - Beings

Lanterns on the Lake - Beings
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

53. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
81
32 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.

52. HEALTH - Death Magic

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
72
24 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.

51. Girlpool - Before The World Was Big

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
20 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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