No Ripcords Top 50 Albums of 2015

No Ripcords Top 50 Albums of 2015

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50. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
26 reviews

48. JME - Integrity>

May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

47. Mount Eerie - Sauna

February 3, 2015
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

Sauna presents itself as a unique amalgamation of each release’s strengths, embodying the tranquil, hearth-warm sonic pallet of Clear Moon while stretching and expanding these sounds into the endless ether akin to Ocean Roar.

46. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Never does it wallow or feel desperate, and instead takes a soulful, Michael Hutchence-like approach of tugging at the heartstrings with passionate, swooning sincerity.

45. Blur - The Magic Whip

April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
31 reviews

Even with its faults, The Magic Whip is remarkably cohesive; not a single track is superfluous, flippant, or jarring. While Blur may not have the perceptible onerousness for each other that they did fifteen years ago, they certainly have the zeal.

44. Wilco - Star Wars

July 16, 2015
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

42. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
76
22 reviews

Despite the weak ending, Wolfe brings a chaotic, engulfing sound that makes this one of her heaviest works yet.

40. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
78
20 reviews
Though Beach Slang are charged with a direct, oftentimes wholesome simplicity, it’s in their weathered optimism where they defiantly soar.

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

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
25 reviews

b’lieve i’m goin down is further evidence of Vile’s conclusive authenticity, and his position as one of songwriting’s most understated commodities.

37. Jamie Woon - Making Time

Jamie Woon - Making Time
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
71
10 reviews

Jamie Woon has dropped a second LP every bit as captivating as his first, and it’s hard to find any faults with this piece of work. Sumptuously slick, and with the humidity of a tropical locale.

33. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
Though Nielson’s penchant for psychpop and might be the defining feature of the band, Nielson’s LSD-inspired musings burrow themselves a comfortable niche of their own throughout the album.

31. Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy

July 28, 2015
Critic Score
81
28 reviews

The Most Lamentable Tragedy presents an abstracted story as its emotional core, and it’s significantly harder to respond to that more distant lyrical perspective. Taken on its own, however, the album is one of the more compassionate, prideful and ultimately moving depictions of mental illness on record in recent years.

30. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

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

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews

The greater the risk, the greater the reward. And I can think of no better reward than this album.

28. Holly Herndon - Platform

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
80
22 reviews

Although more stylistically cohesive than her 2012 debut Movement (which felt more like a calling card for her diverse talents than an album proper), Platform suffers from the breadth of its ambition.

27. Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

With Foil Deer, the band show more strings to their bows than they have with any of their previous releases.

22. Laura Marling - Short Movie

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

Marling has a talent for instilling in her work an awareness of what listeners are thinking, and this self-awareness goes hand-in-hand with one of the album’s most compelling features: the urge to push the boundaries of artistic mediums.

18. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 reviews

Despite the repeatedly creepy nature of his recent efforts, G.o.D is, to a degree, its more sinister in tone, more maddeningly madcap than his usual pursuits.

17. TORRES - Sprinter

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
80
20 reviews
These are songs that mostly get to the heart of the matter with open-hearted directness, and in balancing the coarse with the refined there’s a clearer sense of what Scott wants to find even if she struggles to understand the conditions that affect her most deeply.

15. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

14. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
82
24 reviews
Rarely do records with such an off-kilter composition sound so vital and exciting, especially considering the emotional rupture that sets them into motion.

12. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

Staples has so much to say in Summertime '06 that it’d be impossible to fully dissect in one listen, and his ingenious phrasing makes for a constantly amusing variety of vignettes. A record is only as good as the music that accompanies, though, and collaborative producer No I.D. delivers in spades and then some.

11. Destroyer - Poison Season

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

Poison Season is even more sumptuously complete, sleek and highly refined, repurposing the champagne-coated synths of Kaputt with the aid of a full band to further accentuate his high-brow witticisms.

9. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
Parker is a once-in-a-generation talent, and this album is conclusive evidence of it.

8. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 reviews
Like all Newsom’s albums, it is full of beautiful music and lyrics that initially appear enigmatic but are in fact simply dense, but it’s the first one to embed within itself, on various levels, the necessity to continue mining its depths.

7. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

No Cities to Love is both a return to their familiar riot grrl roots and an unabashed demand to be heard again, to be idolized and adored and feared as rock icons.

6. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

5. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
The record finds a perfect balance between being a statement on rave culture itself and reveling in sincere, in-the-moment exhilaration and emotion.

4. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

Tillman becomes one of the great diarists of our generation in Honeybear, possessing a keen, merciless intelligence within a sophisticated melodic sensibility.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 reviews

Although Sometimes I Sit and Think is musically straightforward, Barnett doesn’t need anything more to tell great stories.

2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

Stevens invites us to peer into a cathartic moment in his life without any trace of irony, bound by his faith, the geniality of his compositions often belying the grief that hides beneath the surface.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews

That To Pimp A Butterfly forces difficult questions both sociopolitical and aesthetic is testament to its brilliance. It is an album that can be, even deserves to be annotated song-by-song, line-by-line.

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