Tuesday, December 15, 2015
2015 Albums of the Year (Numbers 40-31)
Continuing with my list:
40. New Order - Music Complete
Their best record since Technique.
39. Rival Consoles - Howl
Intriguing soundscapes that pulse and undulate with deeply felt emotions.
38. Foals - What Went Down
I will admit that this record took me awhile to warm up to. Foals doesn't really change their sound dramatically, instead letting it subtly evolve over time. While it lacks some killer singles that their previous records had, What Went Down is their most consistent record to date, and their most gorgeous.
37. Boxed In - Boxed In
If we can't get a new LCD Soundsystem record, Boxed In will fill in nicely.
36. Nero - Between II Worlds
Based on their songs released prior to this record, I assumed Nero was going to go full on cinematic, however, it appears they took that as a base point and threw in some old industrial records in the mix for flavor. Between II Worlds is pop music on steroids.
35. Best Coast - California Nights
Granted, their lyrics will never win any contests, however, will killer hooks and melodies found here, who really cares?
34. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
Strange and odd electronica that never fails to grab one's attention.
33. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
By turns hilarious, cutting, witty, and heart breaking, I Love You, Honeybear is a classic collection of songs from Father John Misty.
32. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
Melbourne, Australia singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has a witty, deadpan style that is a refreshing change of pace. She has a spunky attitude that really carries over in her songs.
31. Jessica Pratt - On Your Own Love Again
Haunting set of tracks that are all grounded by Jessica Pratt's enchantingly odd vocals.