Matt Deady

Top Albums of 2015

It was a good year

1. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

By Courtney Barnett

I had a chance to see her at 9:30 club a few years ago, but had no idea who she is. Ooops! Courtney writes exquisitely detailed portraits of mundane life events which eventually meanders into SURPRISE about something more profound.

Top tracks:
Elevator Operator
Pedestrian At Best

2. Art Angels

Artist: Grimes

This CD has a few tracks that, like Ben Carson's presidential campaign, are weird in a bad way, but California is a pretty perfect pop gem that you can listen to all summer.

Top Tracks
Kill V Maim

3. Every Open Eye - Chvrches

This album may have been a little overlooked because it doesn't have the singles of Chvrches's debut, but,upon repeated listens, the songs worm their way inside your head. I found I enjoyed Every Open Eye just as much as their debut, but it is impossible for me to objective about Chvrches so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Top Tracks:
Empty Threat
Leave a Trace

4. To Pimp A Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

Butterfly is a not a super commercial album. The album generously samples free jazz and the lyrics prioritizes its complex, uncomfortable message over any sort of lyrical hooks. Despite this, the album still somehow still pretty great to listen to and certainly the most important album of 2015.

Top Tracks:
King Kunta
The Blacker The Berry

5. Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell is an album Sufjan Stevens wrote about his recently deceased estranged mother. It has a lot of feels.

Top Tracks
Blue Bucket of Gold
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