Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2015

Slant Magazine's 25 Best Albums of 2015

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25. Disclosure - Caracal

September 25, 2015
Critic Score
27 reviews

As much as they respect the deep-house gods, Caracal sees Disclosure wrestling to resist and thankfully losing.

22. Ashley Monroe - The Blade

July 24, 2015
Critic Score
9 reviews

21. Selena Gomez - Revival

October 9, 2015
Critic Score
7 reviews

20. Joanna Newsom - Divers

October 23, 2015
Critic Score
36 reviews

The singer-songwriter's first album in five years, Divers, adds electric guitar to the mix, yet stays true to her original template of epic poetry set to masterful harp-plucking and vocal ascents that climb toward the stratosphere.

19. Björk - Vulnicura

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
31 reviews

One listen to Vulnicura confirms what's been evident for a long time, but will still continue to come as a disappointment for many: Björk firmly belongs to the world of the avant-garde.

17. Young Thug - Barter 6

April 16, 2015
Critic Score
14 reviews

16. Purity Ring - Another Eternity

March 3, 2015
Critic Score
30 reviews
Producer Corin Roddick's tinny percussive loops, pitch-shifted vocal samples, and bass drones continue to make a fine pairing with singer Megan James's deceptively unassuming vocals.

14. Preoccupations - Viet Cong

January 20, 2015
Critic Score
26 reviews

13. Janet Jackson - Unbreakable

October 2, 2015
Critic Score
16 reviews

Janet has calculatedly played the humble-grateful card countless times in her career, but Unbreakable, a ready-made collection of deep cuts, is one of the first times she's given a fully convincing performance.

12. Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

August 21, 2015
Critic Score
23 reviews

Emotion is further proof that Jepsen is capable of translating broadly understood emotions and experiences into unshakable earworms.

11. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - Love Is Free

Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - Love Is Free
August 7, 2015
Critic Score
12 reviews

If there's a distinguishing feature that differentiates Robyn's Love Is Free ... from both last year's Do It Again and 2010's Body Talk EPs, it's that the songs on the singer's latest mini-album take a decidedly more purist approach to the retro stylings that were hinted at in her previous work.

9. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
6 reviews
He's a storyteller with a literary knack for using detail and narrative to draw complex, relatable characters, and his storytelling finesse has never been more evident than it is here.

7. Shamir - Ratchet

May 19, 2015
Critic Score
23 reviews

His winking in-jokes and one-liners might have gotten the Internet's attention, but Ratchet wins you over when it reveals that this smart-aleck's got a beating heart too.

6. Miguel - Wildheart

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
27 reviews

As with Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, another work whose laser-focused assuredness counterpoises the ambivalence on display here, Wildheart stands out as a collection of songs about the significance of roots, using an assortment of West Coast imagery to communicate the splintered state of the artistic psyche Miguel presents.

5. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
34 reviews
Tillman's narrator is a self-destructive train wreck, but he's so masterfully sketched that he feels more than deserving of sympathy.

3. Grimes - Art Angels

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
30 reviews
There's still some room for Boucher to further focus her ambitions, but this album is the surest evidence so far that she's game for the challenge.

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

March 24, 2015
Critic Score
35 reviews

For an album that deals in low stakes, Sometimes I Sit and Think finds Barnett hitting some incredible highs.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
37 reviews

Tidy this album isn't, but like There's a Riot Goin' On or the distended jams of One Nation Under a Groove, the uncompromising messiness is the point.

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