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A.V. Club's 15 Best Albums of 2015

A.V. Club's 15 Best Albums of 2015

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15. Hop Along - Painted Shut

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
13 reviews

Unfortunately for some, Painted Shut signals the end of Hop Along’s tenure as a little-known buzz band. For everyone else, it’s the sound of being welcomed to the party.

14. Wilco - Star Wars

July 16, 2015
Critic Score
22 reviews

Star Wars sounds simultaneously cohesive and chaotic: If anything, the collection feels more akin to Wilco’s roughhewn concerts, which have always blasted the studio polish off the band’s songs.

12. Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
30 reviews

His sixth album, B’lieve I’m Goin Down…, finds Vile at his most loose and bleary-eyed, with a hazy, vertiginous feel on the darkest and most spontaneous collection of songs he’s released to date.

11. Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
17 reviews

In the best sense, The Agent Intellect takes what made its predecessors good and builds on it.

9. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
35 reviews

Building on the best tendencies of her earlier songs, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit finds Barnett deftly connecting the foreground to the background, the surface to the undercurrent.

8. Waxahatchee - Ivy Tripp

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
25 reviews

Adapting nearly every trend in indie-rock for her own needs, Crutchfield crafts a record that runs the range of human emotion without settling into any one lane.

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

October 30, 2015
Critic Score
21 reviews
If Snyder’s goal is to get the band’s points across and accomplish that feeling of catharsis all the same, then this record sure feels like a success.

6. Vince Staples - Summertime '06

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
21 reviews
It’s a major triumph disguised as a minor one—60 minutes of lean, inventive, important rap music that never pats itself on the back for being any of those things.

5. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
34 reviews

Fortunately, the masterful I Love You, Honeybear proves that Misty the character doesn’t overpower Tillman the musician.

4. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
33 reviews
It’s slick and gritty, fun and funny, and horrifying and grotesque all at once. It will also make you shake your ass like nothing else.

3. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

March 31, 2015
Critic Score
37 reviews

It’s tricky territory to navigate in these cynical times, and hardened hearts and ears might find it off-putting. But meet Carrie & Lowell on its terms and it’s revelatory.

2. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
33 reviews

It’s an exploration of success, of age, and of the group’s journey. And while some of the album’s sounds might not be especially revolutionary ... they’re madly solid and compelling all the same.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
38 reviews

Where Good Kid was a linear story, To Pimp A Butterfly is an 80-minute pileup of loose ends, unfinished thoughts, and contradictions. Lamar will hint at a conclusion, then refute it; point fingers, then redirect them.

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