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Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

Billboard's 25 Best Albums of 2015

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22.

May 29, 2015
Critic Score
82
18 reviews
Much of the album is frenetic -- full of bodies and larger-than-life. But the muted and downcast moments end up being memorable, tender and affecting.

21.

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
74
34 reviews

Honeymoon erases most of Del Rey’s modern influences ... to better display her sepulchral voice and highly-stylized phrasing, in which the melisma is so arbitrary, it almost seems determined by throws of the I Ching.

20.

September 18, 2015
Critic Score
71
6 reviews

17.

June 2, 2015
Critic Score
77
34 reviews

It's not a radical reformation of Welch's style; she hasn't stripped all the ornamentation from her cathedral of sound and become a folky confessional songwriter. But she is resorting less to abstract, lofty imagery and speaking with a more frank immediacy.

15.

February 24, 2015
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

With sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.

13.

May 5, 2015
Critic Score
82
5 reviews
For all the grief and regret it contains, it's a triumphant debut, encapsulating the grit of life, ­turning it into a hell of a journey.

11.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
78
19 reviews

DS2 is a heavy dose of medication as entertainment, and it's not for those with a low tolerance.

10.

July 17, 2015
Critic Score
83
24 reviews
This is country music that knows its country music.

9.

February 10, 2015
Critic Score
87
40 reviews

Lyrically, Tillman has a penchant for enjambment that leaves punchlines and revelations momentarily suspended, so songs unfold with continual surprises.

7.

April 21, 2015
Critic Score
80
33 reviews

Among rock music of its kind, it's one of the most ­muscular collections in some time, yet it accomplishes this by hardly even flexing.

6.

June 1, 2015
Critic Score
84
42 reviews

For as erudite as it is, though, In Colour doesn't require footnotes to enjoy -- it's first and ­foremost a dance record.

5.

November 20, 2015
Critic Score
73
38 reviews

On 25, the material is occasionally inspired, sometimes dull, but always serviceable -- and with Adele, that’s enough.

4.

June 30, 2015
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

There's a lot, sometimes too much, to take in, but Staples has tons to say, in a delivery that finds middle ground between Nas' wizened rasp and Too Short's melodic Cali lilt.

3.

November 6, 2015
Critic Score
83
34 reviews

Art Angels is a marvel of meticulous, even obsessive home-studio recording, uncompromised by bandmates or collaborators.

1.

March 16, 2015
Critic Score
95
42 reviews

Despite the bold declarations, beautiful beats and brash imagery, To Pimp a Butterfly is not an announcement, it's a conversation.

Original Source: http://www.billboard.com/photos/6792633/best-albums-of-2015/1
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