Best Albums of 2015 So Far

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#1
So we are half way done through 2015. I gotta admit, before this year I was not much of a music person, but now with my Google Play Music subscription I have been downloading and enjoying music left and right. Post your favorite albums of this year thus far. These are mine, they are pretty mainstream for a couple of exceptions. Make sure to try them out, and I will be trying out every album posted on this thread. That is the main purpose of the thread, to discover new music!

To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar



Smoke and Mirrors - Imagine Dragons



Tetsuo and Youth - Lupe Fiasco



How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful - Florence and the Machine



Froot - Marina and the Diamonds



I Love You, Honeybear - Father John Misty


The Desired Effect - Brandon Flowers


Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens
 
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Juegos

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#2
I see like 5 albums up there that I need to listen to. I'll come back to this thread soon.
By the way Florence and the Machine puts up an amazing live show, especially with the title song from the new album. I wasn't near the stage for her concert at Bonnaroo, but if I had known how good it was going to be I would have tried my best to be all the way up front.
 

repomech

resident remnant robot relic
#6
Give one of these albums a shot ^_^, I think all of them are on Spotify
I love the hell out of this reply for how much it so absolutely and perfectly embodies the gaping generation chasm whose precipice around which I was joking... before you shoved me off the edge, oblivious to your act of remorseless senicide. :p How's that birthday going @mattavelle1? Do you feel young yet?
 

mattavelle1

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#7
I love the hell out of this reply for how much it so absolutely and perfectly embodies the gaping generation chasm whose precipice around which I was joking... before you shoved me off the edge, oblivious to your act of remorseless senicide. :p How's that birthday going @mattavelle1? Do you feel young yet?
Been young since day 1, this day feels no different.
 

Juegos

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#8
Some country for the old folks:

Jokes aside, I've really enjoyed My Morning Jacket's recent album, The Waterfall:
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#10
So I forgot a couple of albums, here they are:

Vulnicura - Bjork


I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside - Earl Sweatshirt


Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Sit - Courtney Barnett


Sound and Color - Alabama Shakes
 

Juegos

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#11
Unknown Mortal Orchestra's latest album is also great.
Skip the first song of that KEXP playlist if you must, but the rest are great.
 

Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
#14
I must be out of touch with today's music, because I don't have a clue as to who any of those groups are in the OP.

Any good?
 

Juegos

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#15
I must be out of touch with today's music, because I don't have a clue as to who any of those groups are in the OP.

Any good?
You can start with Marina and the Diamonds:
:mlove:

Kendrick Lamar is a rapper, he's notorious for having really well produced music fashioned after some influential instrumental Hip Hop artists. In other words it's ram music where the music doesn't suck.

Imagine Dragons had a huge hit a couple of years ago, 'Radioactive'. No clue how good they are outside of that song, personally.

Florence and the Machine is awesome, you should give her at least a try. Early on she was notorious for using Taiko drumming in her music and live shows.

Sufjan Stevens is an experimental folk-rock (is that what it's called?) artist. I learned of him when songs from him were posted on a dead Facebook friend's profile (NikolaTesla for those that know him).

Bjork is just fucking Bjork. She's been making music longer than I've been alive, and she hasn't yet stopped trying to innovate. Though I haven't listened to her latest album yet.

Some country for the youngsters:


:)
Can't talk about country without Johnny Cash popping up somehow. I've been telling myself I'll dig into his repertoire, but I still haven't done it seriously. Maybe I'll do it one of these days.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#16
I must be out of touch with today's music, because I don't have a clue as to who any of those groups are in the OP.

Any good?
What @juegosmajicos said. Start with Marina and the Diamonds they are really good upbeat pop. Kendrick Lamar is amazing, his music might take some getting used to if you weren't a fan of rap, but if you give it a couple of listens it is god tier, that happened to me. Didn't quite enjoy it at first, now I am addicted to it. Carrie and Lowell is a very soft album, and very sad, but its very good. Its among my top 3 albums of this year. Smokes and Mirrors is a mixed bag, love it or hate it. I love some songs in it (Gold, Smokes and Mirrors) and a couple of other songs, and some I am torn on. Florence and the Machine is in my top 5 albums of this year, just a really good time which is definitely worth a listen. And Vulnicura, Bjork's new break up album, is a return to form for Bjork IMO. Love her songs. Lupe Fiasco's new album, Tetsuo and Youth, I also recommend very much. It is very good, and was one of the first albums I listened to this year. And give either Brandon Flower's new album or Sound and Color a shot.

There, set you up for life <3
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#17
Unknown Mortal Orchestra's latest album is also great.
Skip the first song of that KEXP playlist if you must, but the rest are great.
So I listened to the whole album and I really enjoyed it, I am probably going to add it to my concentration play list since I was doing stuff non stop listening to it! It really helped the time pass. Some of my favorites were Can't Keep Checking my Phone, Like Acid Rain, Puzzles, and Multi Love.
 

EvilTw1n

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#18
Great thread. I've got some catching up to do. @juegosmajicos got me into St. Vincent, and outside of her and Gary Clark, Jr., I've been behind trying to stay semi-current. Still need to catch up with The New Pornographers and The Decemberists.

The Vaccines have some interesting stuff.

And yep, Wolven, Alabama Shakes is the business.
Some country for the old folks:
MMJ is awesome. There's a great tradition of country-as-storytelling, something apart from twangy, poppy, or jingoistic stuff. Rock is allowed a ton of sub-genres, but no one gives country the same benefit; MMJ is as tuneful as any great pop act. And once in awhile, some of the storytelling country stuff bubbles up (I had no idea who Kacey Musgraves is before like two weeks ago).
 
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#19
My favourite album so far of the year is Vamala by Champs, a not-so-famous brother duo from the Isle of Wight. Vamala is their second album and their stuff is more calm and slower really. Here is the title track:
If you like this you'll like the album probably, as well as their first album.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#20
Currently swamped in albums. I can't stop listening to To Pimp A Butterfly, Sounds and Color, and How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. I found a couple new albums and after seeing recommendations by some websites. Last night I listened through Jaime xx's debut album, In Colour.

I must admit, at first I didn't like it, at all. The opening track 'Gosh' immediately turned me off, but I kept through listening to it. Then I noticed that for every time the word Gosh was repeated, there was a new layer of music added. Kept listening to it, and I am just mixed on it... I enjoy listening to it but I don't know why.

The next album was Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, by the one and only Panda Bear

It reminded me a lot of In Colour, except with lyrics added to it (mind you, some songs do have lyrics in In Colour)


I am a big fan of X Ambassadors, even though they may not be too popular. This album I really enjoy, but I can't listen to it too much because I might get tired of it. I recommended to anyone who is a fan of OneRepublic, since they remind me a lot of them, and I can't put my finger on why.

I still have Natalie Prass's debut waiting on my playlist and SleaterKinney's new album on there too. I am going to add some Vaccines and the Vamala album now due to the recommendations.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#21
So I need to update my thoughts about In Colour. Let me tell you, at first I HATED the album. But I listened to it, and again. The album is something so unique, it taps into this weird nostalgia for me, and I don't know exactly what this nostalgia is. It doesn't stem from the music I listened to when I was younger, and it doesn't stem from the music my parents listened to. Its so weird, but so good. I really recommend it, just give it a shot. This isn't an album to listen to in the car, or a workout album. Its an album where you want to just plug in and fade away. It is really really good. I will post my thoughts on Vamala and English Graffiti later on, I am saving those for a big trip that is coming up.

EDIT: OH. And that Brandon Flowers album is realllly freaking good. My top 5 this year so far probably are: 1. Froot, 2. Carrie and Lowell/To Pimp a Butterfly, 3. In Colour, 4. The Desired Effect and 5. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. And that is leaving out so many more albums I have loved this year so far, like Sound and Color which would have been number 6. I know I was cheating with To Pimp a Butterfly, but come on, that album is amazing. And I really can't recommend Froot enough, it is probably my album of the year. The albums this year have been really good so far.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
#22
The new faith no more album is easily the best of 2015....so good

Usually reunion albums suck, but we have had 2 great ones this year with sol invictus from faith no more, and the heart is a monster from failure
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
#25
All the good music came out YEARS ago, and everything in this thread SUCKS.

Just the mainstream shit, music today is either mainstream pop garbage or in some tiny ultra specific niche sub genre, of which there are billions.... But new seriously new faith no more album, new failure album, 2 new David maxim micic albums.... 2015 is loaded with great music you never listened to.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#27
In the case you guys are joking:

In the other case:
YouTube and Spotify are both free and I highly recommend you look through a couple of albums in this thread. Just, anything. Don't judge before you listen, its the same thing by judging a game by its cinematic trailer, and we all know how that turns out. I could say new music is where its at, and old music sucks, old music is repetitive and anti-symphonic, but we all know that is extremely wrong. Give these 'niche subgenres' and 'mainstream pop garbage' a shot, its not as bad as radio leads you to believe.

EDIT: And I almost forgot, listened to English Breakfast and Vamala by the Vaccines and CHAMPS respectively. Both albums are great in their own right, there were some songs I loved, and some songs I got to re-listen since I was very sleepy for most of the trip. Added Failure's new album and Sol Invictus based on recommendations in this thread. As for me, I haven't found any new albums. I tried giving Natalie Prass's debut a shot but it didn't exactly vibe with me and I don't know why. Maybe it was her voice, singing style or something else. I hear very positive impressions from other people though, so try it out for yourself, maybe its just me.
 
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Juegos

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#29
Tame Impala's new album is pretty good. I need to listent o it a few more times to remember it more clearly, but it's pleasant enough that I'm looking forward to that.


Major Lazer's new album is also great. Just what you'd expect from Diplo and Switch, pretty much, but that's a good thing.


Speaking of Diplo, I had forgotten that his collaboration with Skrillex came out this same year. It's fantastic.

(Man, is that the hipster killer or what? Skrillex is actually a great musician and Justin Bieber is a complete dick with a lot of talent.)
 

Juegos

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#32
I think I saw Justin Bieber somewhere in this thread.

Probably is just my imagination.

:D
It's worth posting again.

To anyone that likes EDM (electronic dance music), I doubt they can deny that it's a good song. But if you're not into EDM you're just not into EDM.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#35
Tame Impala's new album is pretty good. I need to listent o it a few more times to remember it more clearly, but it's pleasant enough that I'm looking forward to that.


Major Lazer's new album is also great. Just what you'd expect from Diplo and Switch, pretty much, but that's a good thing.


Speaking of Diplo, I had forgotten that his collaboration with Skrillex came out this same year. It's fantastic.

(Man, is that the hipster killer or what? Skrillex is actually a great musician and Justin Bieber is a complete dick with a lot of talent.)
So I'm trying out Tame Impala and I am really liking it so far. If you like Tame Impala, check out Broken Bells' After the Disco, its from last year but it still pretty good. I have the Diplo/Skrillex collab on my playlist, and I need to dedicate it some time. I do like Where are U Now even though I reallly don't like JB at all.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#37
Found a realllly good Spanish song. We need more foreign love up in here. If anybody has anything foreign, please share it!
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
#38
Found a realllly good Spanish song. We need more foreign love up in here. If anybody has anything foreign, please share it!
I listen to a lot of foreign stuff... but it is usually in English
David Maxim Micic - Serbia
Textures - Netherlands
Meshuggah - Sweeden
Skyharbor - India (singer from UK)
Emperor - Norway
Dir En Grey - Japan

only dir en grey doesn't primarily sing in English
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#43
@juegosmajicos I am absolutely in love with Currents and Multi Love at the moment, they have really grown on me. You should really give Wolf Alice's My Love is Cool a chance, it is by far one of my favorite albums this decade.

I have been loving The Alchemist's Israeli Salad, A$AP's A.L.L.A., Carly Rae Jepsen's Emotion, Wolf Alice's My Love is Cool, Never Were The Way She Was (I love how this one sounds, I forget who made it). And of course, Action Bronson's Mr. Wonderful. I'm probably forgetting a few, but this year has been awesome when it comes to music.
 

Juegos

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#45
@Wolven We should round up our last thoughts on 2015 albums since the year is over, so we can begin a new thread. I'll go through the albums I listened to since the last time I posted here and talk about the notable ones.
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
#47
10. Art Angels - Grimes

9. Currents - Tame Impala

8. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

7. I Love You Honeybear - Father John Misty

6. At.Long.Last.A$AP - A$AP Rocky

5. Froot - Marina and the Diamonds

4. Summertime '06 - Vince Staples

3. In Colour - Jaime xx

2. Carrie and Lowell - Sufjan Stevens

1. To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar
 
#49
Well my favourite album that released last year is In Dream by Editors. Though to be fair, I think that was the only album I listened to that released last year....but I do love that album. Editors are one of my favourites.
 
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