SPIN's 25 Best Pop Albums of 2015

SPIN's 25 Best Pop Albums of 2015

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22. Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby

Melanie Martinez - Cry Baby
August 14, 2015
Critic Score
63
3 reviews

At Cry Baby’s core, the singer unfurls a series of saccharine nursery rhymes that are truly, deeply unsettling. It rattles you with a painted smile.

21. Madonna - Rebel Heart

Madonna - Rebel Heart
March 10, 2015
Critic Score
64
24 reviews

Even in the record's clunkier moments, it's gratifying to hear Madonna leaning defiantly (and gleefully) into what many would consider to be the less savory elements of her personality. 

20. Nao - February 15

Nao - February 15
May 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
1 review

19. MARINA - Froot

MARINA - Froot
March 13, 2015
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
Is the payoff immediate? No, but that’s what makes Marina such an interesting character in the pop landscape. Her work asks for work back, just like life does. You get from it what you give. You ain’t got her number and you can’t pin her down.

18. Years & Years - Communion

Years & Years - Communion
July 10, 2015
Critic Score
63
17 reviews

Someday soon Years & Years could be worthy of the “Worship” that all of Communion religious allusions cheekily point toward. That’s what communion is for. Try again. Perfect yourself. Take and eat.

17. Ryn Weaver - The Fool

Ryn Weaver - The Fool
June 16, 2015
Critic Score
62
13 reviews

Her confidently unsteady voice has a refreshing energy, serving as a cohesive, quivering throughline for her intentionally nomadic debut, The Fool.

16. Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect
May 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
19 reviews

The Desired Effect succeeds more often than not, goosed by the possibility that its gleaming, Ariel Rechtshaid-produced surfaces might attract radio programmers besotted with Avicii.

15. Justin Bieber - Purpose

Justin Bieber - Purpose
November 13, 2015
Critic Score
64
25 reviews

By giving us the best album of his career, and subsequently re-ascending to Top 40’s mountaintop, Bieber’s answered his own question: In pop music, it’s never too late to say you’re sorry.

14. Selena Gomez - Revival

Selena Gomez - Revival
October 9, 2015
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

At its high points, Revival is marked by this lush, sphinx-like readiness: as if, after a decade and a half of being nonstop front and center, Gomez has finally figured out what it means to center herself.

13. Ellie Goulding - Delirium

Ellie Goulding - Delirium
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
63
16 reviews

With the release of third LP, Delirium, a self-confessed “big pop album,” Ellie’s coming into the proverbial net, low on ballads and armed with 16 bangers to pelt at fans and peers alike.

12. Fifth Harmony - Reflection

Fifth Harmony - Reflection
February 3, 2015
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

Reflection often sounds like a Frankenstein’s monster of borrowed samples, phrases, themes, and sounds, but the stitches never show.

10. Kate Boy - One

Kate Boy - One
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

9. Tove Styrke - Kiddo

Tove Styrke - Kiddo
June 8, 2015
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
American pop stars can keep mixing up verb tenses; it leaves more room for Tove Styrke to establish her matriarchy.

8. Seinabo Sey - Pretend

Seinabo Sey - Pretend
October 23, 2015
Critic Score
70
7 reviews

7. CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye

CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
77
29 reviews
CHVRCHES aim for nothing less than maximum forward impact at all times.

6. Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4

Jason Derulo - Everything Is 4
June 2, 2015
Critic Score
63
7 reviews

5. Grimes - Art Angels

Grimes - Art Angels
November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
33 reviews

It’s a triumph of Grimes as gloriously and unapologetically DIY producer, a pop singer politically and emotionally invested in your knowing that she made this all on her own — as if anything workshopped with a team of songwriters could sound so bracing and unpredictable.

4. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

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

E•MO•TION is 2015’s Pop Album for Non-Pop People ... It’s definitely a bid for the middle while Jepsen’s chartmates Beyoncé and Lady Gaga bleed the edges. 

3. SOPHIE - PRODUCT

SOPHIE - PRODUCT
November 27, 2015
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

To say that PRODUCT leaves you wanting more is an understatement, beginning and ending with EDM you can’t dance to, building and toppling all kinds of aural Legos in between.

2. Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
30 reviews

Many of the 14 tracks meander like scenes in a Sophia Coppola film, all variations on depression and scenic pans of sparkling cities and desert expanses.

1. Shamir - Ratchet

Shamir - Ratchet
May 19, 2015
Critic Score
75
23 reviews
It’s an incredible album strewn with highlights obvious and sneaky, the rare debut that holds up the weight of its backstory, with the added brassiness of assuring us that’s just him on the regular.
Original Source: http://www.spin.com/2015/12/25-best-pop-albums-2015-list/
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