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Best Albums of 2015?

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    What were your favorite albums this year?



    My faves this year:
    1. Years & Years-Communion-My #1 favorite this year
    2. Seal-7
    3. Tame Impala-Currents
    4. Civil Twilight-Story of an Immigrant
    5. The Weeknd-Beauty Behind the Madness
    6. Wolf Alice-My love is cool
    7. Ms. Mr. -How Does it Feel
    8. Florence & the Machine-How Big, How Blue
    9. DMA’s
    10. Courtney Barnett/Jamie XX/Robyn

    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    I always struggle with these yearly lists, because I tend to discover music a few (or more!) years behind the cutting edge, but two stellar new albums I enjoyed this year were:

    Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn

    Her cover of Dolly Parton’s “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind” is the standout for me here.


    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

    Most recent popular hip-hop leaves me pretty cold, but Lamar is an exception. His “i” is an amazing track, both in the single and the album version.


    Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
    Dwight Yoakam – Second Hand Heart
    Ashley Monroe – The Blade
    Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
    Destroyer – Poison Season
    Swallow the Sun – Songs from the North I, II, & III
    Tom Russell – The Rose of Roscrae
    Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
    Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show
    Leo Welch – I Don’t Prefer No Blues

    That’s 10, but in no particular order. Poor year for rock and rap. Pretty good for country and folk though. Nothing is living up to 2013. I’m still discovering stellar records from that year.

    Looking ahead, perhaps big names Radiohead, Kanye, and David Bowie will release worthwhile records in 2016. I’m also looking forward to what Chevelle, Gorillaz, and possibly M.I.A. have to offer.


    I’m probably not super qualified to comment since I typically listen to albums years too late – that said, Carrie & Lowell was absolutely unreal and I still can’t believe I got to experience the whole album more or less live at the Palace Theater this year.

    Oh, and the new Deerhunter is growing on me too.

    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    I didn’t realize Seal was still making music –it’s a post-divorce album, those tend to be good, I’ll have to check it out. Also didn’t realize Jazmine Sullivan had new music out, will have to listen to that too.

    @FatherMcKenzie – You should definitely check out the Giddens album if you haven’t heard it.

    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson

    Here are my faves from the year. In no particular order

    Savage Hills Ballroom- Youth Lagoon Goon- Tobias Jesso Jr
    b’lieve i’m going down- Kurt Vile
    I Love You Honeybear – Father John Misty
    Gliss Riffer- Dan Deacon
    Vulnicura – Bjork
    Primrose Green – Ryley Walker
    Ivy Tripp- Waxahatchee
    Apocalypse, Girl- Jenny Hval
    Feels Like- Bully
    FFS – FFS
    Tuxedo- Tuxedo
    Everybody’s a Good Dog – Diane Coffee
    Cherry Bomb- Tyler the Creator
    What For- Toro Y Moi
    Sour Soul- BADBADNOTGOOD (w/Ghostface Killah)
    The Epic- Kamasi Washington
    Fading Frontier- Deerhunter
    Poison Season- Destroyer
    The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam- Thundercat



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    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    I’m listening to the Jazmine Sullivan right now. She’s such a musical chameleon. In the past her work reminded me of Lauryn Hill in full dancehall mode, on this album she’s channeling Rihanna on one song and Amy Winehouse on the next.

    In some ways I think that actually hurts her. She has such a mastery of different styles, it’s difficult to associate her with any one sound. Or message, for that matter –is it “do anything for my man” or “respect yourself, girl”?

    It’s definitely a good album though. I like listening to a wide range of genres anyway, and here I can get them all in one place.



    I didn’t hear enough new albums this year to list ten I really like, so I’ll name three:

    Beach Slang – The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us
    Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
    Kurt Vile – B’Lieve I’m Goin Down

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