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Exclaim!'s Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums of 2015

Exclaim!'s Top 20 Pop & Rock Albums of 2015

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20. Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Panda Bear - Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
January 13, 2015
Critic Score
80
32 reviews

By immersing himself even deeper into the world of dub music and its equally minimalist and maximalist tones and tropes, Grim Reaper sounds stronger than anything he's accomplished so far.

19. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
79
35 reviews

On Fading Frontier, Deerhunter focus on their ability as a band to hypnotize and confound, which make the explosive moments here stand out that much more.

18. Braids - Deep in the Iris

Braids - Deep in the Iris
April 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
17 reviews

Deep in the Iris marks a turning point for the band, and I can't wait to hear what's next.

17. U.S. Girls - Half Free

U.S. Girls - Half Free
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

After years of flirting with the fringes, Half Free hits the art-pop bullseye.

16. Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?
October 16, 2015
Critic Score
78
20 reviews

Are You Alone? is warm and inviting, the moment where a band sound less like they're performing intimacy, honesty and sincerity than they are, simply, being intimate, honest and sincere.

15. Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
October 30, 2015
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

Teeming with hooks and lyrical calls to arms, The Things We Do is a unique record, one that rages with youthful vigour, but which couldn't have been made by anyone under the age of 35.

14. Dilly Dally - Sore

Dilly Dally - Sore
October 9, 2015
Critic Score
78
14 reviews

13. Ought - Sun Coming Down

Ought - Sun Coming Down
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
80
18 reviews

12. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

Preoccupations - Viet Cong
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
81
26 reviews

Viet Cong maintains the same shadowy, droning tones that haunted Cassette, only taking them deeper into the abyss. At the same time, it's strangely more direct and unconventional.

11. Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass - Natalie Prass
January 27, 2015
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

Natalie Prass marks a solid entrance from an assured new talent; it's an absolutely lovely soul record, shot through with the wistfulness of heartbreak country.

10. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color
April 21, 2015
Critic Score
80
29 reviews
It's a deliberately weird record, but authentically weird; it's chaotic yet cohesive, full of sound, colour and unshakable vision.

9. Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon

Tobias Jesso Jr. - Goon
March 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
22 reviews
Like all good pop songwriters, Jesso Jr. is a master of making personal moments seem universal, with most of his words seeming like parts of a hazy memory rather than a concrete story.

8. Tame Impala - Currents

Tame Impala - Currents
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
37 reviews

While some fans may be disappointed that Tame Impala phased out the more straight-up rock aspect of their sound, they've maintained their dizzying psychedelia on Currents.

7. Destroyer - Poison Season

Destroyer - Poison Season
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
82
29 reviews

After ten albums in close to two decades, the band still sound as vital and inventive as ever, and they're operating at the top of their game on Poison Season.

6. Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
31 reviews

In turning to explore themes of human nature, Vulnicura delivers much more on a musical and lyrical level than your archetypal breakup record typically does.

5. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
August 21, 2015
Critic Score
76
23 reviews

These are perfect pop songs; a few more rare glimpses of their rougher edges would make them all the more spectacular.

4. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
January 20, 2015
Critic Score
87
33 reviews
There's not enough space here to get into why Sleater-Kinney may be one of the most important bands of 2015, but one thing is clear: they've already delivered a serious contender for one of the year's best records.

3. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
89
34 reviews
The themes are universal, yet its subject matter and ways in which the album executed are deeply personal, making this a truly resonant record.

1. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
33 reviews
Grimes has given us a complete record that's everything pop should be in 2015: utterly uncompromising, imaginative and, somehow, universally accessible.
Original Source: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaims_top_20_pop_rock_albums_part_two-best_of_2015
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