The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2015

The Needle Drop's Top 50 Albums of 2015

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50. Pissgrave - Suicide Euphoria

Pissgrave - Suicide Euphoria
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
55
2 reviews
User Score
66
4 reviews

49. Dope Body - Kunk

Dope Body - Kunk
August 28, 2015
Noise Rock
Critic Score
64
6 reviews
User Score
66
7 reviews

48. Tame Impala - Currents

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

Tame Impala returns with a new sound.

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47. Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School
October 16, 2015
Chillwave
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
79
256 reviews

46. Billy Woods - Today, I Wrote Nothing

Billy Woods - Today, I Wrote Nothing
March 31, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
74
13 reviews

45. Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was

Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld - Never Were The Way She Was
April 28, 2015
Modern Classical
Critic Score
76
15 reviews
User Score
78
69 reviews

44. Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
April 7, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
21 reviews
User Score
79
198 reviews

43. Zs - Xe

Zs - Xe
January 27, 2015
Experimental Rock
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
69
37 reviews

42. Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat

Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
January 27, 2015
Grindcore
Critic Score
84
6 reviews
User Score
75
57 reviews

41. Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$
January 20, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
69
22 reviews
User Score
75
202 reviews

40. Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction

Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
August 7, 2015
Grindcore
Critic Score
71
2 reviews
User Score
79
11 reviews

39. The Game - The Documentary 2.5

The Game - The Documentary 2.5
October 16, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
3 reviews
User Score
79
37 reviews

38. KEN mode - Success

KEN mode - Success
June 16, 2015
Noise Rock
Critic Score
65
6 reviews
User Score
69
18 reviews

37. Hop Along - Painted Shut

Hop Along - Painted Shut
May 5, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
83
12 reviews
User Score
79
179 reviews

36. The Underachievers - Evermore: The Art of Duality

The Underachievers - Evermore: The Art of Duality
September 25, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
80
29 reviews

35. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love

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

34. Panopticon - Autumn Eternal

Panopticon - Autumn Eternal
October 16, 2015
Atmospheric Black Metal
Critic Score
76
2 reviews
User Score
81
17 reviews

33. Lianne La Havas - Blood

Lianne La Havas - Blood
July 31, 2015
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
73
16 reviews
User Score
78
106 reviews

32. CZARFACE - Every Hero Needs A Villain

CZARFACE - Every Hero Needs A Villain
June 15, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

31. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Southern Rock
Critic Score
79
26 reviews
User Score
78
317 reviews

30. Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?

Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool?
March 3, 2015
Indie Rock
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
79
41 reviews

29. Sleaford Mods - Key Markets

Sleaford Mods - Key Markets
July 24, 2015
Art Punk
Critic Score
75
18 reviews
User Score
72
44 reviews

28. Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape

Lil Ugly Mane - Third Side of Tape
April 29, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
80
40 reviews

27. Milo - So the Flies Don't Come

Milo - So the Flies Don't Come
September 25, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
78
74 reviews

26. SOPHIE - PRODUCT

SOPHIE - PRODUCT
November 27, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
User Score
77
96 reviews

25. Ash Koosha - GUUD

Ash Koosha - GUUD
June 9, 2015
Glitch Hop
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
18 reviews

24. Joanna Newsom - Divers

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

23. The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ

The Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ
April 7, 2015
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
74
18 reviews
User Score
72
76 reviews

22. 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
386 reviews

Drake's sounding more confident than ever on a series of somewhat minimal, dark, moody, trap-inspired pop rap beats with contemporary R&B change-ups.

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21. Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss

Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
August 7, 2015
Gothic Rock
Critic Score
76
22 reviews
User Score
79
140 reviews

20. Travis Scott - Rodeo

Travis Scott - Rodeo
September 4, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
61
16 reviews
User Score
75
200 reviews

19. Destroyer - Poison Season

Destroyer - Poison Season
August 28, 2015
Chamber Pop
Critic Score
82
26 reviews
User Score
80
298 reviews

18. Algiers - Algiers

Algiers - Algiers
June 2, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
77
11 reviews
User Score
76
96 reviews

17. High on Fire - Luminiferous

High on Fire - Luminiferous
June 16, 2015
Stoner Metal
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
User Score
72
35 reviews

16. 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
791 reviews

J. Tillman, aka Father John Misty, comes through with a grand, funny, and gorgeous sophomore release under this recently embraced pseudonym of his.

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15. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
November 13, 2015
Electronic
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
User Score
80
215 reviews

14. Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls

Prurient - Frozen Niagara Falls
May 12, 2015
Noise
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
74
60 reviews
Prurient's new double album is a soul-crushing carnival of blissful, tundra-temperature misery.
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13. Leviathan - Scar Sighted

Leviathan - Scar Sighted
March 3, 2015
Black Metal
Critic Score
78
4 reviews
User Score
74
17 reviews

12. Injury Reserve - Live from the Dentist Office

Injury Reserve - Live from the Dentist Office
July 21, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
77
37 reviews

11. Ought - Sun Coming Down

Ought - Sun Coming Down
September 18, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
81
16 reviews
User Score
78
147 reviews

10. Baroness - Purple

Baroness - Purple
December 18, 2015
Stoner Metal
Critic Score
80
14 reviews
User Score
77
92 reviews

9. Everything Everything - Get To Heaven

Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
June 15, 2015
Progressive Pop
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
80
200 reviews
Everything Everything comes through with a creative, progressive pop album with equal parts eccentricity and accessibility.
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8. The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie

The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie
February 24, 2015
Post-Punk
Critic Score
66
13 reviews
User Score
57
39 reviews

7. Björk - Vulnicura

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

6. Clarence Clarity - No Now

Clarence Clarity - No Now
March 2, 2015
Glitch Pop
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
User Score
81
74 reviews

5. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness

Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness
September 25, 2015
Art Pop
Critic Score
87
25 reviews
User Score
84
469 reviews
Julia Holter's latest record is one of the most heavenly albums I've heard in the past five years.
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4. Ghost - Meliora

Ghost - Meliora
August 21, 2015
Hard Rock
Critic Score
77
10 reviews
User Score
77
67 reviews
Ghost is back with an album that adequately depicts their dark, melodic, and occult musical world.
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3. Kamasi Washington - The Epic

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

2. Death Grips - The Powers That B

Death Grips - The Powers That B
March 31, 2015
Hip Hop
Critic Score
76
7 reviews
User Score
81
252 reviews

Death Grips finally completes an immense double album with the release of Jenny Death, assembling two very different--but satisfying--releases in the DG discography.

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1. 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
1395 reviews

Several years ago, Kendrick Lamar was hip hop's underdog. Today, he's dropping what's possibly the best rap album of the decade.

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Original Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0UtPI9Jp2Y&t=45s

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