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PopMatters' 80 Best Albums of 2015

PopMatters' 80 Best Albums of 2015

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80.

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
80
20 reviews

Sun Coming Down gives us just enough new ideas while highlighting everything that makes this band great.

79.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

Chirping Half Free‘s most compelling of its many indelible hooks, she tries to convince whoever listens “You all have nothing here / You have so much to fear”.

78.

Cam - Welcome to Cam Country
March 31, 2015
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

77.

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

76.

January 6, 2015
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

75.

Ruby Amanfu - Standing Still
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

74.

January 15, 2015
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

73.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
78
26 reviews
Not only do Girl Band evade easy definition, they come across as if the very notion of being slotted into an pre-established marketing category makes them physically uncomfortable.

72.

July 28, 2015
Critic Score
80
30 reviews

A massive, sprawling mess of styles and genres, all rooted in Stickles’ wordy lyrical catharsis, Tragedy reflects the wild mood swings associated with those suffering from bipolar disorder; raging one moment, euphoric the next before settling into a seemingly bottomless depression.

71.

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
70
10 reviews

70.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
75
13 reviews

68.

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
76
25 reviews

Shamir might not be the most conventional of vocalists, and Ratchet might not be the perfect pop record “On the Regular” hinted it could have been, but this is still one of the most dazzling debuts of 2015.

67.

March 2, 2015
Critic Score
75
6 reviews

66.

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
71
25 reviews

Despite such strong highlights dropped in the album’s middle section ... Beauty ends up having a strange beast of a failing: none of the guest spots really add to the album’s overall vibe.

65.

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
75
20 reviews

The fact that he can make this into a compelling tale without overdramatizing the details reveals his knack for narrative. He can sing a story.

64.

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

63.

Heems - Eat Pray Thug
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
69
14 reviews
At some point, all the music’s dissonance and divergence just makes it more vital and interesting. Without Das Racist, Heems’ limitless creativity has completely erupted, and as messy as it all is, it’s a little beautiful, too.

62.

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
68
31 reviews

This is a confident record that focuses on beat and melody, while still allowing the group space to throw in other musical ideas.

61.

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
75
18 reviews

The Expanding Flower Planet is a confident declaration of independence from a vital artist operating at the top of her creative game.

60.

Omar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami
July 24, 2015
Critic Score
71
20 reviews

58.

DJ Spooky with Kronos Quartet - Rebirth of a Nation
August 28, 2015
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

57.

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
John Grant is making some of the best art of the new millennium as he struggles with his many demons, both those internal and those external.

56.

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

55.

September 4, 2015
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

They did push themselves like they’ve never done before, and they’ve rewarded their millions of worldwide fans with a late-career zenith.

53.

August 7, 2015
Critic Score
77
25 reviews

Abyss may not be a go-to for either late-night or summer listening, but it ably solidifies Wolfe’s presence as a devastatingly unique voice in our current musical climate.

51.

June 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
Bully’s exuberant strain of alt-rock is undeniably vintage, but what keeps the music afloat above the familiar jangle guitars and chunky bass lines is that spirited attitude of sunny nostalgia that Bognanno so deftly taps into.

50.

April 7, 2015
Critic Score
81
25 reviews
They might have to destroy pop to save it, but if anyone has a vision for a great new musical world, it’s Young Fathers.

48.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

47.

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

Everything works on Tomorrow Is My Turn, an album that heralds the arrival of a major American artist.

46.

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
70
18 reviews

45.

Dâm-Funk - Invite the Light
September 4, 2015
Critic Score
72
19 reviews

It’s a very good approximation of a very specific sound and furthers Dâm-Funk’s reputation and worthiness of his chosen sobriquet.

44.

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

She’s as huge and commanding as ever on How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the third album under the Florence and the Machine name, but the music that surrounds her is coupled with hints of restraint, making the record her sleekest and most gorgeous yet.

42.

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

The songs on Every Open Eye move better, evolve cleaner and hit bigger heights. It’s a subtle evolution, but a big step for this kind of pop band.

41.

August 13, 2015
Critic Score
86
14 reviews

The effect of the album is soothing and challenging all at once; full of complex messaging yet equally suitable as backdrop for studying; worthy of lingering concentration on each and every note or dozing off to on an airplane.

40.

August 28, 2015
Critic Score
80
38 reviews

Some minor, targeted deviation from the formula would have pushed Depression Cherry to an unprecedented level of novelty for the band, but as it stands, the record falls into a creeping, achromatic daze far more ambitious than it is visionary.

39.

Skylar Spence - Prom King
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
68
4 reviews

38.

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.

37.

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

In its least engaging moments, Platform feels more like a homework assignment geared to some equivocal set than an album. In its better moments, it’s electronic music for the fourth-dimension.

35.

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
78
22 reviews

Voice, both the sound that emanates from vocal cords and the perspective from which songs are written, is what’s been honed on Torres’s second album Sprinter.

34.

March 23, 2015
Critic Score
77
27 reviews

Never in any danger of overstaying his welcome, Kgositsile shows an overall maturity on Outside that suggests great things in his future.

31.

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
75
15 reviews

Tetsuo & Youth finds Lupe Fiasco returning to the ambitious abandon that defined his first two albums.

Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-80-best-albums-of-2015/
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