My Favorite Albums of 2015

something more than free

Something More than Free, Jason Isbell

It isn’t better than Southeastern, but it’s close. “24 Frames” is the definition of cool.

traveller

Traveller, Chris Stapleton

The 1b to Something More than Free’s 1a. It’s the album I’ve listened to the most this year.

Every Open eye

Every Open Eye, CHVRCHES

CHVRCHES took everything that worked on The Bones of What You Believe and made it bigger. The result is fantastic.

cass county

Cass County, Don Henley

Stacked with killer tracks and personnel, and well-worth the fifteen-year wait.

I love you honeybear

I Love You Honeybear, Father John Misty

caracal

Caracal, Disclosure

“Magnets” is one of the top-5 songs of the year for me.

art angels

Art Angels, Grimes

pimp a butterfly

To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar

People will want to kill me for not having it #1. K-Dot still the best rapper alive.

natalie prass

Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass

carrie and lowell

Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan Stevens

Good, not great. Not even close to Sufjan’s best, despite what your friend on Facebook thinks.

on your own love again

On Your Own Love Again, Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt is my favorite discovery of 2015.

depression cherry

Depression Cherry, Beach House

Beach House put out two great albums this year, but Depression Cherry is the alpha.

Then came the morning

Then Came the Morning, The Lone Bellow

It’s better produced than 2013’s self-titled The Lone Bellow, but the songs aren’t nearly as good.

the waterfall

The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket

all your favorite bands

All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes

sometimes i sit and think

Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett

in colour

In Colour, Jamie xx

emotion

Emotion, Carly Rae Jepsen

One of the best pop records I’ve ever heard. And I like pop music.

star wars

Star Wars, Wilco

jack u

Skrillex and Diplo Present: Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo

if you're reading this

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake

love is free

Love is Free, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique

how big how blue how beautiful

How Big How Blue How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine

sound and color

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes

honeymoon

Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey

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