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PopMatters' Best Americana Albums of 2015

PopMatters' Best Americana Albums of 2015

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15. Christian Lopez Band - Onward

Christian Lopez Band - Onward
May 18, 2015
Critic Score
70
1 review

12. Calexico - Edge of the Sun

Calexico - Edge of the Sun
April 14, 2015
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

Edge of the Sun is a strong album that continues the upward trajectory that became stronger as the lessons of albums like Garden Ruin took root.

11. Allison Moorer - Down To Believing

Allison Moorer - Down To Believing
March 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
You can read numerous self-help books about how to move through the grieving process, but if you want to hear in compelling song what one woman’s journey has been, then skip the books and get this album.

10. Lilly Hiatt - Royal Blue

Lilly Hiatt - Royal Blue
March 3, 2015
Critic Score
69
3 reviews

9. Gill Landry - Gill Landry

Gill Landry - Gill Landry
March 3, 2015
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

8. Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds

Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

7. Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete

Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
September 18, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, and the rest of their cohorts know full well that for music to survive it needs to keep pushing ahead. You can visit your home, but you can’t dwell there. Nashville Obsolete is already a few steps ahead.

5. Lord Huron - Strange Trails

Lord Huron - Strange Trails
April 7, 2015
Critic Score
70
8 reviews

4. James McMurtry - Complicated Game

James McMurtry - Complicated Game
February 24, 2015
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
The new album doesn’t have the political commentary that we saw on those two, but it’s likely we’re going to see Complicated Game on the nominee list come next year. It’s that good.

3. Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free

Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
July 17, 2015
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

What Something More Than Free does best is confirm that Isbell is a rare talent, one who doesn’t need a major life event to inspire him to make great music.

2. Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn

Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
February 10, 2015
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

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

1. Patty Griffin - Servant of Love

Patty Griffin - Servant of Love
September 25, 2015
Critic Score
81
7 reviews
Original Source: http://www.popmatters.com/feature/the-best-americana-of-2015/
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