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Staff Editorial: Top Albums/EPs of 2015

posted January 1, 2016, 8:01 am by Carlita | Filed Under Best Of, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Staff Editorial, Throwback Thursday, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

new-year-690800_960_720As we move into the latter part of a decade and we bid adieu to another busy year in music, now’s the time for our collective team to weigh in on the best albums or EPs of the year. Not wanting to jump the gun in case there were any surprises in December proved fruitful and yielded some last-minute treasures from artists who wanted to end the year right. Check out our international staff selections below!

Nick Fry

1. Marriages – “Salome”
2. Fischer-Z – “This is My Universe”
3. Desperate Journalist – “Desperate Journalist”
4. The Waterboys – “Modern Blues”
5. Pinkshinyultrablast – “Everything Else Matters”
6. Chelsea Wolfe – “Abyss”
7. [debut] – “Postcards from Berlin”
8. Title Fight – “Hyperview”
9. Failure – “The Heart Is a Monster”
10. Pants & the Family – “You Will Go to a Party where Strange Customs Prevail”

Maddy Johnson

1. The Dead Weather– “Dodge and Burn”
2. Lord Huron– “Strange Trails”
3. Daniel Romano– “If I’ve Only One Time Asking”
4. Tallest Man On Earth– “Dark Bird is Home”
5. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats – Self titled
6. Diana Krall– “Wallflower”
7. Florence and The Machine– “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”
8. Tame Impala– “Currents”
9. City and Colour– “If I Should Go Before You”
10. Joanna Newsom– “Divers”

Chiara Colasanti

1. Adele– “25”
2. X Ambassadors– “VHS”
3. All Time Low– “Future Hearts”
4. Various Artists-Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of “Empire”
5. Maroon 5– “V”
6. Mika– “No Place In Heaven”
7. Boyce Avenue– “Cover Session Vol.2”
8. Pentatonix– “Pentatonix Deluxe Edition”
9. Emin– “More Amor”
10. Meghan Trainor– “Title” (Deluxe Edition)


In no particular order. Three is my lucky number so had to show extra love

Jazmine Sullivan– “Reality Show”
Miguel– “Wildheart”
Big Data– “2.0”
Joey Badass– “B4.DA.$$”
Warm Brew– “Ghetto Beach Boyz”
Kendrick Lamar– “To Pimp A Butterfly”
Goldlink– “And After That, We Didn’t Talk”
Judith Hill– “Back In Time”
Tori Kelly– “Unbreakable Smile”
Leon Bridges– “Coming Home”
Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest– “Sylva”
Hiatus Kaiyote– “Choose Your Weapon”
Lalah Hathaway– “Lalah Hathaway Live!”
The Egyptian Lover– “1984”
The Doppelgangaz– “Beats for Brothels Vol 3.”
Bilal– “In Another Life”
Kamasi Washington– “The Epic”
Willow– “Ardipithecus”
Busta Rhymes– “The Return of The Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation)”
Nigel Hall– “Ladies and Gentlemen…Nigel Hall”
K-Os– “Can’t Fly Without Gravity”
Vince Staples– “Summertime ’06”
Chris Stapleton– “Traveller”
Nick Jonas-“X2”
Red Pill– “Look What The World Did To Us”
Oddisee– “The Good Fight”
Kali Uchis– “Por Vida”
Add-2– “Prey For The Poor”
Tame Impala– “Currents”
Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder– “Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder Present Indie 500”
Kehlani– “You Should Be Here”
Kelela– “Hallucinogen”
Moonshine Bandits– “Blacked Out”

Nathaniel Lathy

1. James McMurtry – “Complicated Game”
2. Nellie McKay– “My Weekly Reader”
3. Laurie Anderson– “Heart of A Dog”
4. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap– “Look For the Silver Lining-The Songs of Jerome Kern”
5. The Wombats– “Glitterbug”
6. Rebecca Ferguson– “Lady Sings the Blues”
7. Delilah – “Delilah Sings Sarah Plus a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn”
8. Bill Fay-“Who Is The Sender?”
9. The Eels– “Cautionary Tales of Mark Everett”
10. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard– “Django and Jimmie”

Gary Hill

In no particular order.

  • State Urge – “Confrontation”
  • Telergy – “Hypatia”
  • Pat Travers – “Retro Rocket”
  • Tim Russ – “Lifeline”
  • Anderson Ponty Band – “Better Late than Never”
  • Echolyn – “I Heard You Listening”
  • Billy Sherwood – “Citizen”
  • Soul Secret – “4”
  • Nik Turner – “Space Fusion Odyssey”
  • The Aaron Clift Experiment – “Outer Light, Inner Darkness”
  • Kevin Sellers

    1. Cattle Decapitation – “The Anthropocene Extinction”
    2. Ghost – “Meliora”
    3. The Brave Optimistic – “Oh, Odonata”
    4. Marilyn Manson – “The Pale Emperor”
    5. Lana Del Rey – “Honeymoon”
    6. Apollo Architect – “The Wanderer”
    7. Vile Display Of Humanity – “Vile Display Of Humanity”
    8. Lindemann – “Skills In Pills”
    9. Iron Maiden – “Book Of Souls”
    10. Secrets Of The Sky – “Pathway”

    Brian Rutherford

    Outside of a tremendous maturation from Alabama Shakes and continual quality for SKM, it was a fairly weak year for me. It’s truly the calm before the storm as five of my favorite bands (KOL, Brand New, Atmosphere, Deftones, Radiohead) are likely to release a new album in 2016.

    1. Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”
    2. Sun Kil Moon – “Universal Themes”
    3. Aer – “One of a Kind”
    4. Yelawolf – “Love Story”
    5. Atlas Genius – “Inanimate Objects”
    6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress”
    7. Joss Stone – “Water for Your Soul”
    8. Failure – “The Heart is a Monster”
    9. Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”
    10. Tame Impala– “Currents”

    Honorable Mentions

  • Pile -“You’re Better Than This”
  • Mhongwana Star- “From Kinshasa”
  • Drenge- “Undertow”
  • James McMurty- “Complicated Game”
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Multi-Love”
  • The Prodigy “The Day Is My Enemy”
  • Blackalicious “Imani Vol.1”
  • Silversun Pickups-“Better Nature”
  • Slightly Stoopid – “Meanwhile… Back at the Lab”
  • Albert Hammond Jr.- “Momentary Masters”
  • Elle King-“Love Stuff”
  • X Ambassadors – “VHS”
  • Wilco- “Star Wars”
  • The Moth & The Flame-“Young & Afraid”
  • Death Cab for Cutie- “Kintsugiu”
  • Mayday Parade- “Black Lines”
  • Gary Clark Jr.- “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim”
  • Twenty One Pilots- “Blurryface”
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