Matt K: Top Albums of 2015

New York, NY

Not a very good year for me. Even with the albums I really liked, I found myself struggling to hold onto anything after the first four or five songs. I blame Spotify.

top ten albums

10Ryan Adams: 1989

Now we got problems.

Standout Track(s): Bad Blood, Welcome to New York

09Grimes: Art Angels

Standout Track(s): Flesh without Blood, California

08Years & Years: Communion

Standout Track(s): Memo, King

07Dej Loaf: #AndSeeThatsTheThing

Desire is probably my favorite random song of the year.

Standout Track(s): Desire, Back Up

06Jamie xx: In Colour

Listened to “Good Times” about 200 very good times; the rest of the album did not control me like voodoo.

Standout Track(s): I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)

05Drake: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

For my woes.

Standout Track(s): 10 Bands, Know Yourself

04Tame Impala: Currents

I don’t read about music on the internet, but I’m sure I’m not the first person to say this album (way more than their last) sounds eerily like mid-70s John Lennon. That’s both unbelievably high praise and also kind of not that big a deal.

Standout Track(s): The Less I Know the Better, The Moment

03Purity Ring: another eternity

Standout Track(s): bodyache, heartsigh, begin again

02Made in Heights: Without My Enemy What Would I Do

As I think Steffel said in her comments, it’s like Purity Ring built a machine that surpassed its creator. For me these two albums flow together almost indistinguishably. They’re enchantingly melodic, endlessly listenable, and still somehow hard to remember.

Standout Track(s): Murakami, Pirouette, Death, Slow Burn

01Alabama Shakes: Sound and Color

A good album, I think. But also a winner by default.

Standout Track(s): Dunes, Don’t Wanna Fight, Sound & Color

honorable mentions

Pusha T // King Push – Darkest Before the Dawn: Prelude; Laura Marling // Short Movie; My Morning Jacket // Waterfall; The Darkness // Last of Our Kind

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similarity to overall top ten: 26.5%, 4 matches

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