Time Out London's 50 Best Albums of 2015

Time Out London's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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50. Slaves - Are You Satisfied?

Slaves - Are You Satisfied?
June 1, 2015
Punk Rock
Critic Score
57
7 reviews
User Score
74
15 reviews

49. Royce Wood Junior - The Ashen Tang

Royce Wood Junior - The Ashen Tang
May 12, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
67
3 reviews

48. New Order - Music Complete

New Order - Music Complete
September 25, 2015
Alternative Dance
Critic Score
73
21 reviews
User Score
72
96 reviews

47. Landshapes - Heyoon

Landshapes - Heyoon
May 4, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
69
5 reviews
User Score
79
5 reviews

46. FIDLAR - Too

FIDLAR - Too
September 4, 2015
Punk Rock
Critic Score
72
18 reviews
User Score
72
54 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. 

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45. Shopping - Why Choose

Shopping - Why Choose
October 2, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
75
13 reviews
User Score
73
22 reviews
You’ve heard the influences before, but with Shopping you really can taste the difference.
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44. Sexwitch - Sexwitch

Sexwitch - Sexwitch
September 25, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
77
14 reviews
User Score
75
39 reviews

43. Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
May 11, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
76
42 reviews

42. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
566 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.

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

Belle & Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
January 20, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
74
35 reviews
User Score
70
167 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.

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40. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
78
492 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.

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39. Battles - La Di Da Di

Battles - La Di Da Di
September 18, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
69
24 reviews
User Score
71
82 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.

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38. 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
75
25 reviews

37. Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX - Sucker
December 16, 2014
Electropop
Critic Score
78
28 reviews
User Score
74
195 reviews

36. Various Artists - PC Music, Vol. 1

Various Artists - PC Music, Vol. 1
May 2, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
77
24 reviews

35. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa

Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
May 19, 2015
World
Critic Score
90
8 reviews
User Score
78
111 reviews

34. Marriages - Salome

Marriages - Salome
April 7, 2015
Post-Rock
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
73
18 reviews

33. Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood

Matthew E. White - Fresh Blood
March 10, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
User Score
75
54 reviews

32. Killing Joke - Pylon

Killing Joke - Pylon
October 23, 2015
Industrial Rock
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
78
9 reviews

31. C Duncan - Architect

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

30. Hunee - Hunch Music

Hunee - Hunch Music
July 3, 2015
Deep House
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
NR

29. Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Jaakko Eino Kalevi - Jaakko Eino Kalevi
June 15, 2015
Synthpop
Critic Score
74
9 reviews
User Score
73
16 reviews

28. Jaga Jazzist - Starfire

Jaga Jazzist - Starfire
June 2, 2015
Nu Jazz
Critic Score
69
9 reviews
User Score
73
8 reviews

27. 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
48 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.
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26. Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive

Drake & Future - What A Time To Be Alive
September 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
71
19 reviews
User Score
67
128 reviews

25. Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus - Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
August 30, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
56
18 reviews
User Score
45
204 reviews

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

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24. LoneLady - Hinterland

LoneLady - Hinterland
March 23, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
76
29 reviews

23. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp
April 7, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
77
209 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.

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22. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
May 26, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
78
316 reviews

21. Ibeyi - Ibeyi

Ibeyi - Ibeyi
February 17, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
77
116 reviews

20. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
January 13, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
80
31 reviews
User Score
77
420 reviews

19. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Kamasi Washington - The Epic
May 5, 2015
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
83
6 reviews
User Score
82
283 reviews

18. Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Alternative Rock
Critic Score
78
30 reviews
User Score
74
257 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.
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17. Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
79
135 reviews

16. Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
UK Bass
Critic Score
84
32 reviews
User Score
82
785 reviews
‘In Colour’ is a fine album, but expecting songs as feisty as his DJ sets is a big mistake.
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15. Nadine Shah - Fast Food

Nadine Shah - Fast Food
April 6, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
71
33 reviews

14. Laura Marling - Short Movie

Laura Marling - Short Movie
March 23, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
81
24 reviews
User Score
77
148 reviews

13. Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People

Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
July 10, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
75
50 reviews

12. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
February 12, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
24 reviews
User Score
77
377 reviews

11. All We Are - All We Are

All We Are - All We Are
February 3, 2015
Indie Pop
Critic Score
64
10 reviews
User Score
71
34 reviews
This is a clever and confident debut with enough baked-in energy to see it become one of 2015’s slow-burning successes.
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10. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Electropop
Critic Score
78
22 reviews
User Score
74
201 reviews

9. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
84
29 reviews
User Score
81
676 reviews

8. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

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

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

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7. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Indie Folk
Critic Score
90
34 reviews
User Score
88
1015 reviews

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

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6. Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool

Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
June 22, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
19 reviews
User Score
77
154 reviews
Their versatility and talent here should make most bands their age take a long, hard look at themselves.
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5. Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots

Julio Bashmore - Knockin' Boots
August 7, 2015
House
Critic Score
76
9 reviews
User Score
70
21 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’.
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4. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
June 2, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
User Score
78
315 reviews
It’s taken three goes but to my mind, ‘How Big’ is her first really great album.
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3. 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
84
31 reviews
User Score
81
663 reviews
Charming and ironic, bored and anxious, disillusioned but hopeful: Barnett captures those millennial complications and contradictions like nobody else.
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2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
95
34 reviews
User Score
90
1372 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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1. The Internet - Ego Death

The Internet - Ego Death
June 30, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
77
8 reviews
User Score
76
94 reviews
Original Source: http://www.timeout.com/london/music/the-best-albums-of-2015

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