Staff Picks: 10 Great Albums of 2015 in 140 Characters or Less

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My 2015 has been defined by my favorite albums and my excessive Twitter use. Why not marry both?

10) Elvis Depressedly — New Alhambra

“No more sad songs,” croons frontman Matt. He once found joy in morbid self-deprecation. Now it’s been usurped by sincere happiness — no BS.

9) Jeremih Late Nights: The Album

Sultry and artful, Jeremih reclaims his throne as the Midas of radio R&B. The man wins on pure musical instinct and snappy production alone.

8) Jamie xx — In Colour

A tale of loneliness within a fray told in a precise, expansive treasure trove of auditory delights. Solitude’s never sounded so enticing.

7) Bjork Vulnicura

Devastating dirges. Love-lost manifest in song; it’s a sonic journal of anguish that you’ll keep forever but never want to look at again.

6) Years & Years Communion

Clever, emotive rave-pop that reimagines lustful desire as new romance. A pitch-perfect sonic headrush: It’s an exercise in pop delirium.

5) Majical Cloudz Are You Alone?

Listening feels like a friend prying into your deepest fears at 3 a.m. Sharp and ruminative, sure, but the work’s sadness is all catharsis.

4) Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

Growing pains distilled into gruff melodies. Bandleader Katie’s indebted to her idols. Along the way, she’s become an idol in her own right.

3) Sufjan Stevens — Carrie & Lowell

A harrowing look into grief and pain, too vulnerable to witness. There’s no silver lining, but then again, death doesn’t always have one.

2) Beach House — Depression Cherry/Thank Your Lucky Stars

Expect the duo’s familiar, fantastical soundscapes, but an undercurrent of deception looms beneath. Grim reality awaits under a stunning veneer.

1) Carly Rae Jepsen — Emotion

Compulsively listenable — it’s sentimental, grandiose and deeply human. A flawless album that sounds like falling in love over and over.

Joshua Bote is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Contact him at [email protected]. Tweet him at @joshuaboat.