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.