PopMatters' Best Country Albums of 2015

PopMatters' Best Country Albums of 2015

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10. Sam Outlaw - Angeleno

Sam Outlaw - Angeleno
June 9, 2015
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

8. Brett Eldredge - Illinois

Brett Eldredge - Illinois
September 11, 2015
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

7. Maddie & Tae - Start Here

Maddie & Tae - Start Here
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

The album is essentially packed-full of pleasantly put-together hooks, enjoyable melodic settings and observant if easy-to-slip-past-you lyrics.

6. Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church - Mr. Misunderstood
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
There are few suprises on an Eric Church album, but it includes excellent vocals, sophisticated musical choices, and strong storytelling chops. It’s a good thing these things haven’t changed.

5. Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart

Dwight Yoakam - Second Hand Heart
April 14, 2015
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

By continuing to do what he does best, Dwight Yoakam, with Second Hand Heart, adds yet another excellent album to his nearly flawless catalog.

3. Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material

Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
June 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
20 reviews

Her self-definition as an artist is an inescapable part of the storyline on Pageant Material; she better defines her persona than on the prior album, while dazzling us more with the surfaces and the interiors of the songs.

2. Chris Stapleton - Traveller

Chris Stapleton - Traveller
May 5, 2015
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

1. Ashley Monroe - The Blade

Ashley Monroe - The Blade
July 24, 2015
Critic Score
82
9 reviews

The Blade is her first album that can’t be construed as a debut. It’s also the first that doesn’t feel like a debut. It’s coming from a place of confidence in talent, of assurance in what she’s doing.

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