Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015

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100. Ryley Walker - Primrose Green

Ryley Walker - Primrose Green
March 31, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
79
14 reviews
User Score
75
43 reviews

99. Salad Boys - Metalmania

Salad Boys - Metalmania
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
4 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

98. Outfit - Slowness

Outfit - Slowness
June 15, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
User Score
75
12 reviews

97. Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh
May 12, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
77
16 reviews
User Score
76
61 reviews

Dumb Flesh is a vast leap forward for Power's solo career, which peels back flesh from bone to reveal a throbbing, palpitating polyrhythmic masterpiece.

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96. J Fernandez - Many Levels of Laughter

J Fernandez - Many Levels of Laughter
June 9, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
69
6 reviews
User Score
75
8 reviews

95. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
November 13, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
23 reviews
User Score
80
204 reviews
It is a complex beast of shade and mood, and it's Lopatin's best work yet.
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94. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
August 7, 2015
Gothic Rock
Critic Score
76
21 reviews
User Score
79
130 reviews

Abyss, like any Wolfe album, is a vast and immersive sonic universe, and her deepest and most personal yet.

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93. Briana Marela - All Around Us

Briana Marela - All Around Us
August 21, 2015
Dream Pop
Critic Score
62
7 reviews
User Score
71
3 reviews

All Around Us is a worldly, global, and harmonious 43 minutes. Marela's fascination lies with sound manipulation and digital music creation tools, techniques (like vocal looping) she employs throughout the album to deepen her already full sound.

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92. The Black Ryder - The Door Behind The Door

The Black Ryder - The Door Behind The Door
February 23, 2015
Psychedelic Rock
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

91. Baio - The Names

Baio - The Names
September 18, 2015
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
65
6 reviews
User Score
68
16 reviews

90. Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows

Richard Hawley - Hollow Meadows
September 11, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
72
15 reviews

89. Talk In Tongues - Alone with a Friend

Talk In Tongues - Alone with a Friend
May 19, 2015
Critic Score
73
2 reviews
User Score
74
2 reviews

88. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
April 21, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
76
130 reviews

It's difficult, ambitious, and very diverse. And while it's fun to see such a promising band trying to make big leaps, Foil Deer only succeeds when Sadie Dupuis and company stick to their roots.

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87. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

Purity Ring - Another Eternity
March 3, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
68
27 reviews
User Score
68
219 reviews

This feels like little more than a competent game of catch-up for three years away, with Purity Ring now following in the footsteps of others, in a genre where they once led the pack. 

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86. Braids - Deep in the Iris

Braids - Deep in the Iris
April 28, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
75
17 reviews
User Score
74
94 reviews
By trying to be the band everyone wants them to be, BRAIDS have sacrificed the qualities that made them so captivating. And that is one hell of a shame.
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85. Boxed In - Boxed In

Boxed In - Boxed In
January 19, 2015
Critic Score
76
4 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

With Boxed In, Bayston comes as close as anyone in creating cerebral dance pop that works for the non-EDM dance music enthusiast as much as the experimental electronic rock enthusiast.

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84. Small Black - Best Blues

Small Black - Best Blues
October 16, 2015
Chillwave
Critic Score
63
5 reviews
User Score
77
16 reviews

83. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

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

82. Youth Lagoon - Savage Hills Ballroom

Youth Lagoon - Savage Hills Ballroom
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
71
9 reviews
User Score
74
93 reviews

While some tracks just aren't that interesting ... Savage Hills Ballroom has highlights worth celebrating. Three albums in, Youth Lagoon will likely remain as lauded as before.

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81. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs

Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs
May 19, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
User Score
78
106 reviews

80. Algiers - Algiers

Algiers - Algiers
June 2, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
77
89 reviews

One of the rare new acts with a truly original sound.

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79. Here We Go Magic - Be Small

Here We Go Magic - Be Small
October 16, 2015
Neo-Psychedelia
Critic Score
70
7 reviews
User Score
69
11 reviews

78. 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

77. Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
March 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

Fresh Blood is a much more consistent album than its predecessor. But with it, White has lost some of the sparkle that makes him so compelling. It's a balance he needs to put right.

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76. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
May 5, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
81
5 reviews
User Score
82
268 reviews

75. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
October 9, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
82
15 reviews
User Score
79
165 reviews

74. Empress Of - Me

Empress Of - Me
September 11, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
78
145 reviews

Empress Of tackles heartbreak and passion through a refreshingly feminist lens. Girl power never sounded so good.

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73. Cheatahs - Mythologies

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

72. Deafheaven - New Bermuda

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

71. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
October 16, 2015
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
77
125 reviews

Are You Alone? extends some of the same sounds of Magical Cloudz's debut album, Impersonator, but the music seems stretched and more expansive.

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70. Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots

Patrick Watson - Love Songs For Robots
May 12, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
72
14 reviews
User Score
78
24 reviews

69. Will Butler - Policy

Will Butler - Policy
March 10, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
67
97 reviews
Butler draws on rustic instrumentation and blustery hooks to provide zip to an album oozing gusto and a good old-fashioned sense of song.
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68. Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful
September 11, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
81
6 reviews
User Score
75
72 reviews

La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful, sees him scoop handfuls of intricate synth and bright horns, spread his fingers wide, and spill them through the gaps like sand in an hourglass.

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67. Girls Names - Arms Around a Vision

Girls Names - Arms Around a Vision
October 2, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
72
8 reviews
User Score
79
12 reviews

66. Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia

Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia
May 5, 2015
Baroque Pop
Critic Score
70
9 reviews
User Score
70
23 reviews
If Gardner's studio ingenuity tends to outshine his songs, the record's sonic puzzles are beguiling enough to signal a clear step forward for one of neo-psych's more promising new disciples.
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65. Destroyer - Poison Season

Destroyer - Poison Season
August 28, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
81
291 reviews

That's the cloud Poison Season is under-it's not bad, and it certainly has its moments. But on the heels of Kaputt, it can be a frustrating, uneven listen.

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64. Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum

Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum
September 18, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
73
8 reviews
User Score
73
6 reviews

Ad Infinitum is perhaps Telekinesis' most experimental album to date, but it never gives up on the heartfelt soul that we've come to expect.

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63. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

Mark Ronson - Uptown Special
January 13, 2015
Funk
Critic Score
71
25 reviews
User Score
67
99 reviews
To be sure, Ronson's album is extremely proficient, excellent with its little witticisms and hints of vanity ... but while these folks have the funk, they're just short of sex appeal.
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62. Dutch Uncles - O Shudder

Dutch Uncles - O Shudder
February 24, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
User Score
71
27 reviews
This all accumulates in a playful, honest and passionate release from one of Britain's most innovative bands.
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61. 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

60. Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint

Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint
September 18, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
74
6 reviews

59. Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi
June 15, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
User Score
73
16 reviews

58. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

Vince Staples - Summertime '06
June 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
20 reviews
User Score
83
421 reviews

The music on Summertime '06, Staples' debut, is uniformly great, with spare, booming beats allowing Staples' sneakily technical rhymes to dart in and out of the rhythm. It's a vital entry from a burgeoning new star.

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57. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
May 18, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
25 reviews
User Score
73
142 reviews
Plenty of the tracks would fit right at home on the dance floor, but this is much more versatile than that. It is an album full of pop glitter, Hot Chip's signature grooves with hypnotizing melodies and dizzying ambience.
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56. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

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

55. Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

Lower Dens - Escape From Evil
March 31, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
19 reviews
User Score
75
178 reviews

Escape From Evil is the most direct, and accessible album Lower Dens have yet made, augmenting their more experimental, Krautrock predilections with the buoyancy of brighter melodies while crafting nuanced, humanist pleas for compassion.

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54. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
74
202 reviews

The Las Vegas native's debut LP is a luminously cool engineering of synths and beats that will no doubt furnish the dancefloors of hipster hangouts across the globe.

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53. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
29 reviews
User Score
74
249 reviews

The Magic Whip is far from perfect and it's far from the best album by a band whose greatest strength I've always considered to be their hits. It has to count as a success though, because Blur sound like a band from 2015 rather than 1995.

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52. Beirut - No No No

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

It's an easy record to listen to all the way through, front to back, which is a rare thing. It's a very good Beirut album, but the hope remains that Condon has at least one great one in him.

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51. San Fermin - Jackrabbit

San Fermin - Jackrabbit
April 21, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
68
11 reviews
User Score
66
15 reviews

Jackrabbit isn't as smooth as its older brother: it's a heavier record, and demands more from the listener.

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