Dying to know what the top 25 albums of 2015 are so far… Read on
Right Here, Right Now
So if you didn’t give Miss Sparks ‘Battlefield’ (2008) a spin then you really need to get this to make up for the good music you lost. Despite its #161 debut on the US albums chart, Right Now is easily Sparks’s best work to date given that she has found her sound and musical direction.
Stand out tracks: Double Tap
BUY RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
So Ciara made a massive come back with Jackie despite the fact it only spent just two weeks on the US album chart after its #18 debut. The album kind of reminds you how you bumped your head to ‘Goodies’ except it’s kind of pop and all self assured with Ciara’s voice as strong as ever. Even when it’s interesting moments occur in its first half it’s probably her most adventurous album.
Standout tracks: ‘Stuck on you’, Dance like We’re Making Love and Fly
If You’re Reading This it’s Too Late
Given that it’s a mixtape, it’s so good I just could not ignore it so alas here it is sitting at the #23 spot, Drake was one of the acts who could successfully pull a Beyoncé and he did not fail to deliver with If You’re Reading This as it arouses many unanswered questions on a business front and it also gives Drake room to breathe outside of the lumbering commercialism of his retail albums. Be sure to get a copy of this masterpiece.
Standout tracks: 6PM in New York, 10 Bands and No Tellin’
BUY IF YOU’RE READING THIS IT’S TOO LATE HERE
Florence + the Machines
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
This album reminds me of ‘Ceremonials’ (2011) but with a huge twist, How Beautiful is a great body of work in its own right. Welch has gone on to make a gigantic sound while also maintaining a solid balance of sensitive lyrical craftsmanship. This album is certainly packed with catchy hooks and dramatic articulation. With a Metacritic score of 77 (based on 30 critics) it’s definitely one of the best indie-rock albums put out this year.
Standout tracks: “Ship to Wreck”, “What Kind of Man”, “St. Jude”, “Queen of Peace” and “Delilah”
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1989 (Taylor Swift cover)
Taylor had to come up sometime sooner or later even though it’s someone covering her entire album (track-by-track) you’ve got to give Taylor credit for this masterpiece. Ryan Adams put a whole lot into making this album from the diversion of pop to acoustic folk sing-alongs to the solid emotional channel on each track.
Adams cover album is simultaneously a fun listen and a very fascinating experiment
Standout Tracks: “Bad Blood’ and “Out of the Woods”
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