Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk & Country Albums of 2015

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Folk & Country Albums of 2015

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10. Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete

Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

9. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart

Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart
April 14, 2015
Critic Score
84
7 reviews
This is a hard-rocking, sing-out-loud, air-guitar-in-the-mirror kind of country record.

8. Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville

Lindi Ortega - Faded Gloryville
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

7. Laura Marling - Short Movie

Laura Marling - Short Movie
March 23, 2015
Critic Score
81
28 reviews
The resulting album sounds like a brave, at times combative, fresh start, not least because of the fact that Marling has revamped her relationship with the guitar by switching mostly to an electric.

6. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again

Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
January 27, 2015
Critic Score
77
21 reviews

Despite the fact that the album is still almost entirely solo ... the songs seem poppier, trippier; far more open-ended.

5. Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'

Daniel Romano - If I've Only One Time Askin'
July 31, 2015
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

You won't hear a more open hearted, impassioned and lyrically rich roots album this year.

4. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

Still walking the high wire, with Something More Than Free, Jason Isbell continues his streak of genre-defining masterworks.

3. The Weather Station - Loyalty

The Weather Station - Loyalty
May 12, 2015
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

2. Joanna Newsom - Divers

Joanna Newsom - Divers
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
88
36 reviews

Rather than breaking from Newsom's tradition of complex, bewitching songwriting, Divers feels like the culmination of all of Newsom's incredible work over the past decade.

1. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

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

It's Stevens' own life and relationships that he mines here with his trademark deftness and nuance. And gosh, what agonizing, cathartic beauty he's shared.

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