NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2015

NOW Magazine's Top Albums of 2015

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10. James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg - Ambsace

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg - Ambsace
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
NR

9. Björk - Vulnicura

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

These nine ballads are stripped to essentials - beats, strings, stirring vocals - full of beautiful and eerie contrasts that highlight Björk's loneliness, anger and fleeting moments of optimism.

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8. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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

While death and pain are major players in this collection of songs, the record is more about love than tragedy - although it can still make you bawl your eyes out if you listen to the words closely enough.

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7. Grimes - Art Angels

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

Boucher herself has come out to claim her music as genre-less, but the Art Angels incarnation of Grimes is through-and-through Frankenstein pop, influenced by so many irresistible sounds ... smashed together, somehow coming out just the right way.

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6. Tenement - Predatory Headlights

Tenement - Predatory Headlights
June 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
70
1 review

5. Floating Points - Elaenia

Floating Points - Elaenia
November 6, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
User Score
78
135 reviews

4. 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
1336 reviews

He meets that challenge - ramping up his musicality with elements of funk, doo-wop, jazz and spoken-word poetry, debuting a dizzying number of new cadences and diving deeper into the ever-evolving question of what it means to be black in America.

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3. 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
772 reviews

He's equally talented at writing heartfelt acoustic guitar riffs or quiet piano tunes, adding the ideal dose of strings and lush backing vocals.

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2. Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
May 11, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
User Score
76
42 reviews
It's never clear where these songs are going, but the result always satisfies.
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1. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
83
32 reviews
User Score
83
943 reviews

It’s unabashedly pop-soul but still plenty psychedelic, thanks to band visionary Kevin Parker’s genius studio experimentation.

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