#5. Currents – Tame Impala
For their highly anticipated third LP, Tame Impala abandoned lo-fi psychedelia in favor of crystal clear hi-fi psychedelia and the result is one of the most enjoyable and interesting records of 2015. Who knew Tame Impala cleaned up so nicely?
#5. To Pimp A Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar
Few albums received universal acclaim in 2015 like Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking masterpiece To Pimp A Butterfly and this record deserves every positive word written about it. Lamar didn’t just create the best hip-hop album of the year, he set the bar for the genre moving forward. The depth and detail of the arrangements alongside the profound conflict and candor of Lamar’s lyrics make To Pimp A Butterfly a career defining achievement that will be dissected and adored for a very long time.
#3. Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett
Indie rock has a new hero and her name is Courtney Barnett. With an endlessly entertaining wit and some serious songwriting chops to accompany her gritty guitar work, Barnett is the kind of quirky and charismatic artist that compelled me to fall in love with indie rock as a teenager. Sometime I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit is pure indie rock bliss of the highest order.
#2. Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens
The first record ever to earn a perfect score from Compact Discography, Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is a masterpiece from an artist who ‘peaked’ a decade ago and just keeps getting better. Grief has never sounded so beautiful.