Best Albums of 2015?
- December 21, 2015 1:50 pm at 1:50 pm #1107612
What were your favorite albums this year?December 21, 2015 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #1107614
My faves this year:
1. Years & Years-Communion-My #1 favorite this year
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
10. Courtney Barnett/Jamie XX/RobynDecember 21, 2015 3:58 pm at 3:58 pm #1107622
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.December 21, 2015 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm #1107664
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.December 22, 2015 1:11 pm at 1:11 pm #1107730
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.December 22, 2015 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #1107751
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.December 22, 2015 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #1107767
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
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- ThundercatDecember 23, 2015 1:49 pm at 1:49 pm #1107895
“Landlocked,” CD & vinyl LP by local surf band, “Hypnotide.
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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.December 29, 2015 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm #1108482
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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