Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2015

Complex's 50 Best Albums of 2015

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50.

September 20, 2015
Critic Score
71
21 reviews

Drake’s disclosure that the project was made in six days is less of an impressive stat than it is an accurate summation of what we have here: two rappers who maxed out on their chemistry and made some cool songs.

49.

June 29, 2015
Critic Score
74
13 reviews

If the shaky performance of his debut was a wipeout—to mix a metaphor—Dreams Worth More Than Money sticks the landing, sustaining over its running time without stumbling and occasionally providing some thrilling moments.

48.

March 3, 2015
Critic Score
63
5 reviews

47.

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
79
29 reviews

In many ways, Compton is a child of To Pimp a Butterfly, if only Kendrick had the same sense of urgency when reaching to the bleachers.

46.

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
65
10 reviews

45.

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
79
26 reviews

40.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
63
13 reviews

39.

February 3, 2015
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

38.

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

37.

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
86
37 reviews

36.

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
62
16 reviews
Travi$ Scott made an enjoyable album for his fans peppered with undeniable bangers for his detractors. But in a climate where a large portion of the community questions his identity, his purpose, his value (and in some cases, his ethics), this is not quite the validating slam dunk that it should’ve been.

35.

November 4, 2015
Critic Score
69
4 reviews

34.

May 4, 2015
Critic Score
80
1 review

33.

March 21, 2015
Critic Score
77
2 reviews

31.

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
84
22 reviews
Vince Staples's album is a force of nature, and like nature, the project brings with it the positive and the negative: songs that lift you up and tracks that drop you in the street just as easily.

30.

August 13, 2015
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

28.

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
34 reviews

27.

Towkio - .Wav Theory
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
60
2 reviews

25.

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

24.

Tinashe - Amethyst
March 16, 2015
Critic Score
67
3 reviews

23.

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
71
25 reviews
If there is any connective tissue bounding this album together it’s the idea that the Weeknd doesn’t have to fundamentally change who he is in order to became a superstar.

22.

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
76
24 reviews

Dark, frenetic, and complicated, Ratchet is so thrilling because of its refusal to settle down.

21.

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
14 reviews
Regardless of one’s feelings on his past music, it’s tough to deny that his major-label debut just works.

19.

June 16, 2015
Critic Score
71
25 reviews

18.

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
27 reviews
This album sounds like the diary of a man who retreated into himself and now chooses to share his darkness with the rest of the class.

17.

February 27, 2015
Critic Score
66
8 reviews
The results? More excellent than one might imagine...or would want to give these two credit for.

16.

January 13, 2015
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
Sullivan’s latest feels a lot more current—which should make it easier for the public to relate to.

15.

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
42 reviews

In Colour isn't only a necessary listen, but an important one too.

14.

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
70
12 reviews

13.

May 29, 2015
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

Surf is a boardwalk picnic with sunset views of the Ferris wheel, grassy laughter, and paper plates smeared with blueberry shortcake.

12.

April 28, 2015
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

Aside from the strength of her voice, which bubbles at top range like Lil Mo’ and is suede-soft down below like Jojo, Kehlani’s imagination for storytelling is what sets You Should Be Here apart from its current R&B-pop corollaries.

11.

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
You will not find any throwaway tracks on here. It is quite possibly his greatest creation.​

10.

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

9.

February 12, 2015
Critic Score
77
28 reviews
Long chided for being a simp, this new Drake still loves his mom but no longer has love for anyone else. It’s wonderful.

7.

May 26, 2015
Critic Score
74
31 reviews

All things considered, this is a solid album. Fans of old Rocky will be happy to hear he hasn’t left them behind and new fans will have a plethora of options to choose from.

6.

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

Occasionally clumsy but wonderfully plainspoken, and impassioned when he wants to be, Sean has advanced (if not graduated) from the tepid mythmaking of Hall of Fame. Here he’s dynamic, and a pretty good rapper. No fronting.

5.

November 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
27 reviews

He lays his soul bare in joyless lyrics stripped naked, requiring very little interpretation, filling the crags with buoyant, sun-drenched productions from Skrillex, Blood, and Diplo.

4.

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
73
38 reviews

Even as she's suffering the romantic disadvantage, Adele infuses the songs of 25 with a love-drunk cockiness, tossing wine by a loose wrist as she reconsiders these departed men.

3.

January 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
Never faltering toward the monotony of most Migos hooks or the allegedly artistic boredom of late-stage Future, the boys from Tupelo are grit and grease, energetic in both cases, an uncanny synthesis of Rich Gang and Ke$ha.

2.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

Reckless and tormented, his latest album doubles down on the darker side of his sound, and his life's personal costs. Call it More Honest Than Honest.

1.

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
42 reviews

With all its superfly flourish and talk of Willie Lynch, Butterfly is heady and ambitious, if not unprecedented as subject matter. As promised, Butterfly is (somehow) darker and more thoroughly conflicted than good kid.

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