FEATURE: 2015: Colour, Short Movies and Art Angels: The Best Albums from a Remarkable Year




2015: Colour, Short Movies and Art Angels


IN THIS PHOTO: Laura Marling/PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/Press 

The Best Albums from a Remarkable Year


I am doing a multi-part series…


 IN THIS PHOTO: Grimes in 2015/PHOTO CREDIT: Holly Andres

that looks at the best albums from this century. It may sound random but I am coming back at those who feel the previous century has produced all the very best albums. There is a school of thought that suggests we have long-sine seen the finest from music and the past eighteen-or-so years has been a case of diminished returns. We may not have seen any Beatles-level works of genius but that is not to say the twenty-first century should be overlooked and is not up to the mark. I look at a particularly fine year, 2015, and the variation that arrived from it. Take a look at the exceptional albums laid out below and you cannot say the year was short…


 IN THIS PHOTO: Kendrick Lamar/PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/Press

OF wonderful offerings.

ALBUM COVERS: Getty Images



Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly

Released: 15th March, 2015

Labels: Top Dawg, Aftermath, Interscope

Genres: Hip-Hop; Jazz; Experimental


Sufjan StevensCarrie & Lowell

Released: 15th March, 2015

Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records

Genre: Indie-Rock


Courtney BarnettSometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Released: 20th March, 2015

Label: Marathon Artists

Genre: Indie-Rock; Alternative-Rock  


Tame Impala Currents

Released: 17th July, 2015

Labels: Modular/Universal, Fiction, Interscope

Genre: Psychedelic; Pop; Disco; Synth-Pop


Drake If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Released: 13th February, 2015

Labels: Cash Money, OVO Sound, Republic, Young Money

Genres: Hip-Hop; Rap


Grimes Art Angels

Released: 6th November, 2015

Label: 4AD

Genres: Synth-Pop; Art-Pop


Jamie xxIn Colour

Released: 29th May, 2015

Label: Young Turks

Genres: Electronica; House; Rave; U.K. Garage


Florence + the MachineHow Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Released: 29th May, 2015

Label: Universal Island Records

Genres: Indie-Pop; Indie-Rock; Soul; Pop


Blur The Magic Whip

Released: 27th April, 2015

Label: Parlophone

Genres: Rock; Alternative-Rock; Pop; Britpop; Art-Rock


Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon

Released: 18th September, 2015

Label: Interscope Records

Genres: Pop; Dream-Pop; Jazz; Trip-Hop


Beach House Depression Cherry

Released: 28th August, 2015

Label: Sub Pop

Genre: Dream-Pop


Laura MarlingShort Movie

Released: 23rd March, 2015

Label: Ribbon Music

Genre: Folk; Folk-Rock; Alternative


CHVRCHESEvery Open Eye

Released: 25th September, 2015

Label: Glassnote Records

Genre: Synth-Pop