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Clash's Albums of the Year 2015

Clash's Albums of the Year 2015

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50. Justin Bieber - Purpose

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
63
22 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.

49. Fatima Yamaha - Imaginary Lines

Fatima Yamaha - Imaginary Lines
November 27, 2015
Critic Score
74
3 reviews

48. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 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.

46. Romare - Projections

February 23, 2015
Critic Score
69
6 reviews

45. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

January 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
18 reviews
‘On Your Own Love Again’ is a timeless record by a remarkable talent only just starting to show what she can do.

44. Jay Rock - 90059

September 11, 2015
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 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.

40. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

October 16, 2015
Critic Score
81
32 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. 

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

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
26 reviews

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

38. Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

March 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
Don't be surprised if Ghostpoet is on Mercury minds once more with this excellent effort.

37. Roots Manuva - Bleeds

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
81
13 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.

36. Nozinja - Nozinja Lodge

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
'Nozinja Lodge' is an album that passionately bubbles with personality; certainly an LP that doesn't carry a painted by numbers feel.

35. Blur - The Magic Whip

April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
31 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.

33. The Maccabees - Marks To Prove It

July 31, 2015
Critic Score
72
12 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.

31. Gengahr - A Dream Outside

June 15, 2015
Critic Score
79
10 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.

30. Luke Vibert - Bizarster

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

29. Future - DS2

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

28. Gwenno - Y Dydd Olaf

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

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

27. Foals - What Went Down

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
24 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 .

26. The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
70
23 reviews
The Chemical Brothers continue to buck any notions of a creative burn-out with their strongest release in a decade.

25. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
18 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.

24. Travis Scott - Rodeo

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
61
16 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.

23. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
21 reviews

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

22. Dornik - Dornik

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

19. Floating Points - Elaenia

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
17 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.

18. C Duncan - Architect

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

17. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
82
18 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.

16. Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
80
26 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.

15. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
It’s hard to imagine anyone else ever recording these songs, so indelibly does Holter leave her mark.

14. East India Youth - Culture of Volume

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
76
16 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.

13. Leon Bridges - Coming Home

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
75
16 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.

12. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
87
32 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.

11. JME - Integrity>

May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

10. Flako - Natureboy

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
75
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.

8. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 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.

7. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
88
31 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.

6. Darkstar - Foam Island

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
70
9 reviews

5. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

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

4. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 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.

3. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 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.

2. Tame Impala - Currents

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
32 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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