It’s the end of 2015! What a year it’s been for me. Marriage. Honeymoon in Japan. It’s going to be one of those years I will always remember.
Also, what a crop of music! I guess the older you get, the more artists you love begin to culminate. Still, for my music taste, it has been exceptional. So I figured why not pre-empt future updates on the Acclaimed Albums list, and a possible expansion of that list when I reach 100%, by going through the music of 2015 followed by a Top 20?
Did Not Chart
I listened to a lot of music this year. According to Last.fm, this might be the most varied I have ever been when it comes to sheer number of different tracks. This means that there are quite a few albums that did not crack my personal Top 20.
One I am going to rather obviously point out is Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. This is the album that will appear on the next update of the list. I know that this makes me some sort of musical philistine, but this is where I am with rap albums. No matter how acclaimed or important it is… I just can’t get to the heart of it. Also, the liberal use of the n-word just makes me plain uncomfortable. I did like ‘King Kunta’ though.
Now, for the main event. My Top 20 albums of 2015!
#20 – Platform by Holly Herndon
#18 – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper by Panda Bear
#16 – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
#15 – Blackbirds by Gretchen Peters
#14 – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + The Machine
#12 – Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
#11 – Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass
#9 – M3LL155X by FKA twigs
#7 – Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen
#6 – Divers by Joanna Newsom
#5 – Vulnicura by Bjork
#4 – FROOT by Marina & The Diamonds
#3 – Art Angels by Grimes