Something More than Free, Jason Isbell
It isn’t better than Southeastern, but it’s close. “24 Frames” is the definition of cool.
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, CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES took everything that worked on The Bones of What You Believe and made it bigger. The result is fantastic.
Cass County, Don Henley
Stacked with killer tracks and personnel, and well-worth the fifteen-year wait.
I Love You Honeybear, Father John Misty
“Magnets” is one of the top-5 songs of the year for me.
Art Angels, Grimes
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
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, Jessica Pratt
Jessica Pratt is my favorite discovery of 2015.
Depression Cherry, Beach House
Beach House put out two great albums this year, but Depression Cherry is the alpha.
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, My Morning Jacket
All Your Favorite Bands, Dawes
Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett
In Colour, Jamie xx
Emotion, Carly Rae Jepsen
One of the best pop records I’ve ever heard. And I like pop music.
Star Wars, Wilco
Skrillex and Diplo Present: Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Drake
Love is Free, Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique
How Big How Blue How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine
Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
Honeymoon, Lana Del Rey