Time Out London's 50 Best Albums of 2015

Time Out London's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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49. Royce Wood Junior - The Ashen Tang

Royce Wood Junior - The Ashen Tang
May 12, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

47. Landshapes - Heyoon

Landshapes - Heyoon
May 4, 2015
Critic Score
69
5 reviews

46. FIDLAR - Too

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
72
18 reviews

It’s eclectic, ferocious, brash and sly, full of studio tricks and yell-along refrains. Dudes are smarter than your average three-chord wonders. 

45. Shopping - Why Choose

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
You’ve heard the influences before, but with Shopping you really can taste the difference.

44. Sexwitch - Sexwitch

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

42. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
30 reviews

Her ninth record ... is the obligatory break-up album, one sung with extraordinarily renewed power. It hardly seems like a conscious uncoupling: the Icelandic diva bleeds utter devastation, drenched in strings and despair.

41. Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
74
35 reviews

Like all of the band’s most recent albums, ‘Girls in Peacetime…’ contains a handful of gobsmackingly great songs and a lot of less inspiring material, varying from the teeth-grittingly quirky to the likeably dreamy and tender.

40. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
89
30 reviews

Though fretting about fame has destroyed lesser bands for good, Sleater-Kinney have come back golden. Success hasn’t killed them after all – it’s made them stronger.

39. Battles - La Di Da Di

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

Like your maths homework, you’ll need to give it your full attention. It’s not background music for a party, unless your parties involve sitting around a MacBook reading Pitchfork.

37. Charli XCX - Sucker

December 16, 2014
Critic Score
78
28 reviews

34. Marriages - Salome

Marriages - Salome
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

31. C Duncan - Architect

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

28. Jaga Jazzist - Starfire

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
69
9 reviews

27. John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
The sharp-witted, silken-voiced singer-songwriter has created a raggle-taggle bunch of marvellous songs for ‘Grey Tickles, Black Pressure’ that barely leave a genre unturned and yet are all unmistakably his own.

25. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

August 30, 2015
Critic Score
56
18 reviews

It’s bloated, self-indulgent and occasionally cringey – but never boring. A couple of tracks are up with the best of 2015.

24. LoneLady - Hinterland

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
80
11 reviews

23. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

Over 13 songs, it darts from ramshackle indie-rock inspired by Crutchfield’s 1990s heroines to more stripped down singer-songwriter fare. But there’s definite experimentation and expansion here too.

21. Ibeyi - Ibeyi

February 17, 2015
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

18. Blur - The Magic Whip

April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
31 reviews
Some of us have come a long way with this great, perhaps even quintessential London band. Against the odds, ‘The Magic Whip’ shows there’s more distance left to run.

16. Jamie xx - In Colour

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
33 reviews
‘In Colour’ is a fine album, but expecting songs as feisty as his DJ sets is a big mistake.

11. All We Are - All We Are

All We Are - All We Are
February 3, 2015
Critic Score
64
10 reviews
This is a clever and confident debut with enough baked-in energy to see it become one of 2015’s slow-burning successes.

10. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

9. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
84
29 reviews

8. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
32 reviews

Fans of sensitive woodburning-stove indie may be surprised to hear the one-time Fleet Foxes drummer skewering shortcomings close to home. 

7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
90
34 reviews

Despite soul-baring moments, it almost feels like we learn more about Carrie than we do her son; he remains a beautiful enigma.

6. Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

June 22, 2015
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
Their versatility and talent here should make most bands their age take a long, hard look at themselves.

5. Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
This 12-track debut album from the Bristolian house producer is a much-needed sonic reminder that the weekend never dies. It’s one of those nighttime-evoking, start-to-finish classics on a par with Daft Punk’s ‘Discovery’ or the Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’.

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

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
It’s taken three goes but to my mind, ‘How Big’ is her first really great album.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
31 reviews
Charming and ironic, bored and anxious, disillusioned but hopeful: Barnett captures those millennial complications and contradictions like nobody else.

2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
34 reviews
‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ makes no attempt at the charts, or even hip hop radio. Instead, it’s aimed squarely at the musical canon that inspires it.
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