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Best Music of 2015

Old 12-16-15, 06:54 PM
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Best Music of 2015

Seems like a pretty rough year for new music in general. I've uncovered a few gems but really hoping this thread will broaden my horizons.

My top ten:

1. Father John Misty -- "I Love You, Honeybear"
2. Wilco -- "Star Wars"
3. Kurt Vile -- "B'lieve I'm Going Down"
4. My Morning Jacket -- "The Waterfall"
5. BJÖRK -- "Vulnicura"
6. Deerhunter -- "Fading Frontier"
7. Kendrick Lamar -- "To Pimp a Butterfly"
8. Blur -- "The Magic Whip"
9. The Dead Weather -- "Dodge and Burn"
10. Beach House -- "Thank Your Lucky Stars"

No LP got more play for me this year than that Father John Misty. Great stuff.
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I very much like the new Blur, but my favorite album of the year is, shockingly, The Pale Emperor by Marilyn Manson.
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Old 12-16-15, 07:12 PM
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didn't find a whole lot interesting music wise in 2015

I did like Houndmouth "Little Neon Limelight"
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No particular order, but my top 10 albums of 2015

Meg Myers - Sorry
Third Eye Blind - Dopamine
Clutch - Psychic Wafare
Silversun Pickups - Better Nature
Eagles of Death Metal - Zipper Down
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
Funeral For a Friend - Chapter and Verse
Built to Spill - Untethered Moon
Strung Out - Transmission.Alpha.Delta
Modest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves

Honorable mentions:

Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Millencolin - True Brew
Local H - Hey, Killer

Disappointment of the year: Senses Fail - Pull the Thorns From Your Heart

and pleasant surprise album of the year: Everclear - Black is the New Black
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Re: Best Music of 2015

The best albums I heard this year:
Franz Ferdinand/Sparks - FFS
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love

Also good:
The Dead Weather - Dodge And Burn
Queensryche - Condition Human
Noel Gallagher - Chasing Yesterday
Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress
Blur - The Magic Whip
Public Image Ltd. - What The World Needs Now

Disappointing:
Iron Maiden - Book Of Souls
Gang Of Four - What Happens Next
New Order - Music Complete

Shit:
Muse - Drones
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to FFS and Sleater-Kinney. I also liked the new Iron Maiden, although I see you didn't.
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I've got to check out that FFS.
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Re: Best Music of 2015

No particular order:

Chvches - Every Open Eye *
Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase.
Prince - HITnRUN
Ghost - Meliora *
Scorpions - Return to Forever
Enya - Dark Sky Island
Marilyn Manson - The Pale Emperor
Queensr˙che - Condition Hüman
Blur - The Magic Whip
Iron Maiden - Book of Souls
Compton - Dr. Dre
The Winery Dogs - Hot Streak

* first read about these releases here in this forum.
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Old 12-16-15, 09:14 PM
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01 Joanna Newsom - Divers
02 Iron Maiden - Book Of Souls
03 Neil Young - The Monsantos Years
04 Bob Dylan - Shadows In The Night
05 The Sword - High Country
06 Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase
07 Ghost - Meliora
08 Slayer - Repentless
09 Madonna Rebel Heart
10 Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
11 Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
12 Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet, and Other Distress
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Old 12-16-15, 10:25 PM
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Anyone check out the new Squeeze album?
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Old 12-16-15, 10:32 PM
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My very limited list (didn't come across much I liked):

Watkins Family Hour - Watkins Family Hour
Natalie Merchant - Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings
James Taylor - Before this World
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I still need to hear the Joanna Newsom.
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I thought this was a much easier list to create than last year.



1. Wilco - Star Wars
2. Tame Impala - Currents
3. Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
4. Laura Marling - Short Movie
5. Mac DeMarco - Another One
6. Belle and Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
7. Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sing Elliott Smith
8. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Paper Maché Dream Balloon
9. Yo La Tengo - Stuff Like That There
10. Joanna Newsom - Divers
11. Fuzz - II
12. Watkins Family Hour - S/T
13. Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated
14. Colleen Green - I Want To Grow Up
15. The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
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I could probably list 10 albums that came out from my favorite artists even if it's not their best work but to me that's just going through the motions.

I love Fear Factory, Seal and Faith No More, but none of their releases this year really grabbed me (especially bummed FNM didn't.)

My favorite release by far is Steven Wilson's Hand.Cannot.Erase. Just masterful and completely immersive.

My very short list:

Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase
Muse - Drones (this one was a grower)
Soilwork - The Ride Majestic

Honorable mentions:

Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Fear Factory - Genexus
Seal - 7
Conjure One - Holoscenic
Symphony X - Underworld

Haven't heard the latest Iron Maiden, Slayer and Marilyn Manson all the way through but from what I have heard theyd' all be honorable mentions at best as well.
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I guess mine would be

Advent Sorrow - As All Light Leaves Her
Alkaloid - -The Mlkuth Grimoire
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Dodsferd - Wastes of Life
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment - Surf
Enslaved - In Times
Ghost - Meliora
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Lamb of God - Sturm Und Drang
Lord Dying - Poisoned Altars
Oblivionized - Life is a Struggle, Give Up
Panopticon - Autumn Eternal
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Re: Best Music of 2015

Originally Posted by bunkaroo View Post
I could probably list 10 albums that came out from my favorite artists even if it's not their best work but to me that's just going through the motions.

I love Fear Factory, Seal and Faith No More, but none of their releases this year really grabbed me (especially bummed FNM didn't.)
I could have posted this. For me, in addition to those you listed, I would add Def Leppard, Kamelot, and Stratovarius.

My favorite release by far is Steven Wilson's Hand.Cannot.Erase. Just masterful and completely immersive.
If I was to rank them I probably would have that one at the top as well.

Symphony X - Underworld
I liked that one, but these days I'm enjoying Adrenaline Mob more than S-X.
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I have to go through my new music stash but I can say that my #1 choice would be Ghost - Meliora.
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I guess mine would be

Advent Sorrow - As All Light Leaves Her
Alkaloid - -The Mlkuth Grimoire
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
Cattle Decapitation - The Anthropocene Extinction
Chelsea Wolfe - Abyss
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Dodsferd - Wastes of Life
Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment - Surf
Enslaved - In Times
Ghost - Meliora
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Lamb of God - Sturm Und Drang
Lord Dying - Poisoned Altars
Oblivionized - Life is a Struggle, Give Up
Panopticon - Autumn Eternal
Assuming you meant New Bermuda? I haven't heard it yet. I liked Sunbather well enough but I wasn't gaga over it. How would you compare the two?
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I could have posted this. For me, in addition to those you listed, I would add Def Leppard, Kamelot, and Stratovarius.
Haven't heard the DL or Strat yet but liked the Kamelot one better than their last.

Kamelot reminded me the latest Nightwish was pretty good. Kind of overstays its welcome with the runtime but the first few tunes are really good. I could do with less "Titanic" tin whistle though.
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Old 12-17-15, 11:37 AM
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I haven't purchased a lot of albums this year, but my one standout is

James Bay - Chaos and the Storm

I don't think I've seen him mentioned on here - perhaps and oversight - but it's a great album. I'd say it's indie/blues. Really laid back and a great recording.
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Kamelot reminded me the latest Nightwish was pretty good. Kind of overstays its welcome with the runtime but the first few tunes are really good. I could do with less "Titanic" tin whistle though.
Any Nightwish material with Floor Jansen will probably never rank for me as high as the stuff with Tarja. Still a solid band but now I often like Tarja solo material at least as much, or more than Nightwish.
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The Belle and Sebastian was my most disappointing of the year. One of their weakest albums, IMO.
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It's hard to remember all the stuff that came out this year. After a small amount of reflection, here's where I'm at right now (with no guarantee that all these actually came out in 2015):

1. Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Otherwise, there's no particular order:

Scale the Summit - V
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think...
Public Service Broadcasting - The Race for Space
Riverside - Love, Fear, and The Time Machine
Leon Bridges - Coming Home
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Deafheaven - New Bermuda
Chvrches - Every Open Eye
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The lack of Meg Myers in this thread is disappointing haha
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Old 12-17-15, 01:29 PM
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I didn't like the Steven Wilson album. I think about a third of it is quite good but the rest is boring as fuck.
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