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Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2015

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99. Salad Boys - Metalmania

Salad Boys - Metalmania
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
4 reviews

98. Outfit - Slowness

June 15, 2015
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

97. Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh

May 12, 2015
Critic Score
76
17 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.

95. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
It is a complex beast of shade and mood, and it's Lopatin's best work yet.

94. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

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

93. Briana Marela - All Around Us

Briana Marela - All Around Us
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
62
7 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.

91. Baio - The Names

Baio - The Names
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
65
6 reviews

88. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
22 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.

87. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

March 3, 2015
Critic Score
68
28 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. 

86. Braids - Deep in the Iris

April 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
17 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.

85. Boxed In - Boxed In

Boxed In - Boxed In
January 19, 2015
Critic Score
76
4 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.

84. Small Black - Best Blues

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

82. Youth Lagoon - Savage Hills Ballroom

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
71
9 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.

81. Jim O'Rourke - Simple Songs

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

80. Algiers - Algiers

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
11 reviews

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

79. Here We Go Magic - Be Small

Here We Go Magic - Be Small
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
70
7 reviews

78. U.S. Girls - Half Free

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

77. Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood

March 10, 2015
Critic Score
76
14 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.

74. Empress Of - Me

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

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

73. Cheatahs - Mythologies

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
76
9 reviews

71. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
19 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.

69. Will Butler - Policy

March 10, 2015
Critic Score
71
21 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.

68. Petite Noir - La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
81
6 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.

66. Jacco Gardner - Hypnophobia

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
70
9 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.

65. Destroyer - Poison Season

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
82
27 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.

64. Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum

Telekinesis - Ad Infinitum
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
73
8 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.

63. Mark Ronson - Uptown Special

January 13, 2015
Critic Score
71
26 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.

62. Dutch Uncles - O Shudder

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
This all accumulates in a playful, honest and passionate release from one of Britain's most innovative bands.

60. Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint

Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

58. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
85
21 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.

57. Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?

May 18, 2015
Critic Score
76
26 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.

55. Lower Dens - Escape From Evil

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
75
19 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.

54. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
77
23 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.

53. Blur - The Magic Whip

April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
31 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.

52. Beirut - No No No

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
63
18 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.

51. San Fermin - Jackrabbit

San Fermin - Jackrabbit
April 21, 2015
Critic Score
68
11 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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