Clash's Albums of the Year 2015

Clash's Albums of the Year 2015

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50. Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose
November 13, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
64
21 reviews
User Score
63
132 reviews

The fact that 'Purpose' features some of the hottest writers and producers in the game right now means there's enough going on to hold your interest throughout.

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49. Fatima Yamaha - Imaginary Lines

Fatima Yamaha - Imaginary Lines
November 27, 2015
Critic Score
74
3 reviews
User Score
80
1 review

48. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
User Score
82
711 reviews
For the time being we have an emotive, emphatic and often joyous collection of music that plays equally for the head and the heart. A glorious, technicolour triumph.
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47. Letta - Testimony

Letta - Testimony
October 9, 2015
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

46. Romare - Projections

Romare - Projections
February 23, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
69
6 reviews
User Score
71
13 reviews

45. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
January 27, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
77
98 reviews
‘On Your Own Love Again’ is a timeless record by a remarkable talent only just starting to show what she can do.
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44. Jay Rock - 90059

Jay Rock - 90059
September 11, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
User Score
75
90 reviews

43. Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie

Girl Band - Holding Hands with Jamie
September 25, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
User Score
73
53 reviews

42. Jeremih - Late Nights: The Album

Jeremih - Late Nights: The Album
December 4, 2015
R&B
Critic Score
78
8 reviews
User Score
74
59 reviews

41. 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
85
29 reviews
User Score
82
595 reviews

Half of the time Barnett, sounds like she isn't even trying, shrugging out moments of brilliance with ease and nonchalance. Whether she sits and thinks or sits and does nothing, it would appear the results are still golden.

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40. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

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

'Fading Frontier' is by no means a poor album, and truth be told really doesn't possess a bad number on it. The real issue is that in a genre filled with imitators, many whom Deerhunter no doubt inspired, we need a bit more bang for our buck. 

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

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

His latest LP is an endearing collection of slow-burning, dreamy arrangements, which find the singer wistfully contemplating the shifting nature of identity.

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38. Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
March 2, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
75
37 reviews
Don't be surprised if Ghostpoet is on Mercury minds once more with this excellent effort.
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37. Roots Manuva - Bleeds

Roots Manuva - Bleeds
October 30, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
13 reviews
User Score
77
24 reviews
‘Bleeds’ isn’t a flawless album, but it is diverse and imaginative. As expected, Roots Manuva still manages to bring unique inventiveness to his work.
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36. Nozinja - Nozinja Lodge

Nozinja - Nozinja Lodge
June 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
76
1 review
'Nozinja Lodge' is an album that passionately bubbles with personality; certainly an LP that doesn't carry a painted by numbers feel.
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35. Blur - The Magic Whip

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

This sense of duty might go some way to explaining the less destructive and far more unifying approach to these songs; add in Stephen Street ... and you get the band’s most natural sounding album in over twenty years.

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34. SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream

SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream
June 2, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
13 reviews
User Score
76
37 reviews

33. The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It
July 31, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
72
11 reviews
User Score
71
45 reviews
'Marks to Prove It' is the most cohesive offering from the Maccabees to date. On the surface, an extension and refinement of their previous record, but in reality, a thrilling, provocative and daring album that rewards with each listen.
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32. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

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

31. Gengahr - A Dream Outside

Gengahr - A Dream Outside
June 15, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
9 reviews
User Score
77
59 reviews
'A Dream Outside' offers ample proof of the theory that albums which sound as though they were fun to make are often a joy to listen to. This is savvy, intelligent music.
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30. Luke Vibert - Bizarster

Luke Vibert - Bizarster
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
66
5 reviews
User Score
76
2 reviews

29. Future - DS2

Future - DS2
July 17, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
79
18 reviews
User Score
70
171 reviews

28. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf
July 24, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
User Score
77
50 reviews

This is a musically adventurous record that's sugared by its pop sensibility.

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27. Foals - What Went Down

Foals - What Went Down
August 28, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
22 reviews
User Score
75
178 reviews

'What Went Down' arrives without any obvious standout singles and is a far cry from Foals' early energetic indie sound. On the other hand, it's impossible to deny that the overall album is a hugely accomplished effort .

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26. The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes

The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes
July 17, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
70
21 reviews
User Score
72
92 reviews
The Chemical Brothers continue to buck any notions of a creative burn-out with their strongest release in a decade.
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25. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets
July 24, 2015
Art Punk
Critic Score
74
16 reviews
User Score
72
42 reviews
Sleaford Mods have managed to express perfectly and effortlessly, what it feels like to live in 21st century Britain and from here, they can only get bigger.
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24. Travis Scott - Rodeo

Travis Scott - Rodeo
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
60
15 reviews
User Score
74
157 reviews

Yes, the production is razor sharp, the beats are skewed and often very loud which makes them feel important, but in reality, it's all a façade; an image.

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23. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
78
268 reviews

'Goon' is not perfect, but it's the imperfections and the straight honesty that bleeds through it that make it so appealing.

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22. Dornik - Dornik

Dornik - Dornik
August 7, 2015
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
78
9 reviews

21. Little Simz - A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons

Little Simz - A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
September 18, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
7 reviews
User Score
76
26 reviews

20. Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
80
21 reviews
User Score
76
162 reviews

19. Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
79
138 reviews
'Elaenia' is one of those rare albums that crosses genres and audiences with ease due in thanks to the sheer craft that's gone into its seven tracks.
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18. C Duncan - Architect

C Duncan - Architect
July 17, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
79
6 reviews
User Score
76
30 reviews

17. 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
45 reviews
Black humour, sharp observation and a playful but meticulous knack with words, surely aided by his capacity as a multi-linguist, make ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ a record which satisfies on every level.
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16. Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
August 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
25 reviews
User Score
76
194 reviews
'Compton’ may be less state-of-the-art than other rap albums in 2015. It may spend a lot of its time reflecting on the past. But as an argument for that now famous district in South Los Angeles and its continued importance and centrality to hip-hop, it’s forceful and convincing.
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15. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
24 reviews
User Score
84
409 reviews
It’s hard to imagine anyone else ever recording these songs, so indelibly does Holter leave her mark.
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14. East India Youth - Culture of Volume

East India Youth - Culture of Volume
April 7, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
70
67 reviews
A broad, diverse and enriching album, the ten tracks which make up 'Culture Of Volume' are each distinctive but seamlessly connect and click together to produce a piece of work that will both delight and enthral.
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13. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home
June 23, 2015
Soul
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
74
96 reviews
Bridges' sound is the pinnacle of a young artist transmitting a dated sound and bringing it straight into the 21st century, with the final results nostalgic yet ultimately fresh and current.
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12. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
87
30 reviews
User Score
83
224 reviews

It's a truly incredible album, a special album and a rare album. Give in to it because, before you're ready to let it go, it's gone.

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11. JME - Integrity>

JME - Integrity>
May 4, 2015
Grime
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
74
17 reviews

10. Flako - Natureboy

Flako - Natureboy
March 23, 2015
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
80
2 reviews

'Natureboy' serves as an adept education on equilibrium, an accomplished piece of artistry which is prolific in its worldly influence but never self-indulgent enough to get lost in it.

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9. Real Lies - Real Life

Real Lies - Real Life
October 16, 2015
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
72
6 reviews
User Score
78
11 reviews

8. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
84
698 reviews

In some ways it may have too many ideas, just falling short of Grant's 'Pale Green Ghosts' ... But '...Honeybear' is easily a masterpiece and already one of the best albums of 2015.

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7. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
29 reviews
User Score
78
472 reviews

The simple fact is that ‘No Cities To Love’ sounds hungrier, fiercer and more up for the fight than next to anything coming from newer, younger rock artists right now.

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6. Darkstar - Foam Island

Darkstar - Foam Island
October 2, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
70
9 reviews
User Score
74
6 reviews

5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
31 reviews
User Score
87
892 reviews

It may well be our first insight into the real Sufjan. It's heavy, but so very beautiful.

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4. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
27 reviews
User Score
82
491 reviews

‘Vespertine’ is a master-work by my reckoning, an emotionally resonant record that truly articulated the innermost desires of its maker in a way that felt less intrusive, more inclusive.

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3. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
User Score
81
572 reviews

This is the truest representation of Grimes we’ve heard yet: 'Art Angels' is boundary pushing, it’s listenable and it’s Boucher’s most ambitious and most consistent work to date.

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2. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
84
30 reviews
User Score
83
849 reviews
It's too early to say if 'Currents' will be the masterpiece that Kevin Parker is remembered for, but not too early to state that this is his best LP yet, a near-perfect album in a body of already remarkably impressive works.
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1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
94
32 reviews
User Score
89
1143 reviews
Original Source: http://www.clashmusic.com/features/clash-albums-of-the-year-2015-5-1

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