NME's 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

NME's 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

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Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Critic Score
80
28 reviews
The cumulative effect is to make the band about more than just Howard’s (still-remarkable) set of pipes.

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
31 reviews

It’s not an easy listen, but a brave, beautiful and affecting album – an attempt to find order in chaos that, as she wishes for it, offers a “crutch” to the heartbroken.

Blur - The Magic Whip

Blur - The Magic Whip
April 27, 2015
Critic Score
78
34 reviews
This is a reunited band making music to rival their very best. There’s airmiles aplenty in these Essex Dogs yet.

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
Critic Score
83
35 reviews
She might not want a pedestal, but there aren’t many songwriters who’d make better use of it.

Death Grips - Jenny Death

Death Grips - Jenny Death
March 19, 2015
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

With ‘Jenny Death’, they’ve made their most accessible album to date.

Drenge - Undertow

Drenge - Undertow
April 6, 2015
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
Where ‘Drenge’ offered brutal bloodshed and casual violence, ‘Undertow’ is much more focused on sneaking malevolence.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
88
34 reviews
It's a hugely ambitious, caustically funny album about the redemptive possibilities of love, and being heartily sick of your own bullshit.

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful

Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
30 reviews

Overflowing with stately songwriting and lyrical craftsmanship, ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ makes for a restrained but joyful return, and a collection that will last long after Welch’s broken bones are mended.

Holly Herndon - Platform

Holly Herndon - Platform
May 19, 2015
Critic Score
79
24 reviews
‘Platform’, Herndon’s third album and her first for 4AD, unveils sparkling, electronic pop that twitches like a corrupt video file, her voice fractured into glinting melodies.

Jamie xx - In Colour

Jamie xx - In Colour
June 1, 2015
Critic Score
83
35 reviews
Less has always been more with Smith, and the success of ‘In Colour’ lies in his gift for melding together very few elements to create songs that are original, surprising and highly effective.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
37 reviews

Has Lamar followed a classic with another classic? Not quite, but in laying his demons and his contradictions bare, he has stayed true to his formidable talent.

Laura Marling - Short Movie

Laura Marling - Short Movie
March 23, 2015
Critic Score
81
28 reviews
Marling is her own protagonist - flawed, like anyone else, but utterly compelling all the same.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
March 2, 2015
Critic Score
67
25 reviews
'Chasing Yesterday' has its flaws, but they’re far outnumbered by moments where it succeeds in catching up with its titular quarry.

Peace - Happy People

Peace - Happy People
February 9, 2015
Critic Score
58
14 reviews
Everything is a little bigger, broader and more immediate - refinement, not reinvention, is the watchword here.

Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Critic Score
75
23 reviews
This combination of pop and disco makes ‘Ratchet’ the perfect summer soundtrack. Sometimes you’ve got to party like it’s 1989.

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

The songs on ‘No Cities To Love’ are short, taut and lethal, harking back, if anything, to their earliest albums. But they’re more complete songwriters now, and there isn’t a track on ‘No Cities To Love’ that doesn’t have a killer chorus.

Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile

Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer

Speedy Ortiz - Foil Deer
April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

‘Foil Deer’ sees Dupuis draw an emphatic line under her past ache for acceptance, angling her angst into sharp bursts of wiry college rock targeting the “riddle-rousing cowards” who made her that way.

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
March 31, 2015
Critic Score
89
37 reviews

No matter how desperate Sufjan gets ...he’s resolutely serene, his emotion swathed in glistening guitar tones and angelic harmonies, spooling out his genius as casually as breathing.

The Cribs - For All My Sisters

The Cribs - For All My Sisters
March 24, 2015
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

On sixth album – the ‘pop one' ... they give it their best shot while sticking firmly within their screamy garage punk parameters.

The Vaccines - English Graffiti

The Vaccines - English Graffiti
May 25, 2015
Critic Score
66
13 reviews

Even when ‘English Graffiti’ sounds like The Vaccines, it’s a kitschier, more colourful, hyper-stylised version.

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

Gloopy, orchestral and lovingly plumped up with strings and skronking brass ... it's driven by 29-year-old Jesso’s huge personality and sounds designed to stay with you.

Tyler, the Creator - Cherry Bomb

Tyler, the Creator - Cherry Bomb
April 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
21 reviews
His past albums have been weighed down by gloomy self-analysis, but here he sounds upbeat and free to experiment.
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