Tag Archives: Albums (2015)

Welcome to reality: Pazz & Jop 2015

My Pazz and Jop ballot: Jazmine Sullivan · Reality Show 25 17 Vince Staples · Summertime ’06 10 70 Joanna Newsom · Divers 10 39 Dawn Richard · Blackheart 10 22 Speedy Ortiz · Foil Deer 10 9 The Chills … Continue reading

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Sweatin’: Jeremih and Kehlani

Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album No contemporary R&B singer has squandered his talents in the last eighteen months on useless guest appearances than this drummer by training, and if his record label woes are true I suppose he’s gotta … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2015 — the final chapter

4. The Chills – Silver Bullets Did you know this seminal New Zealander act released a new album this fall? And it’s good! Political skullduggery upsets Martin Phillipps. So does the rape of the oceans. In defiance, he tunes his … Continue reading

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Best album of 2015 — part one

20. Alan Jackson – Angels and Alcohol An amiable craftsman of the here’s-another-table-I-built school for most of the nineties until crossing over pop with the most poignant of 9-11 songs — a feat that alluded Wilco, sure, but also Paul … Continue reading

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‘If I ever strain, you know the code’

Where Wildheart will place in my best of 2015 remains unknown, but when I listen to performances like this I understand why I have to fight every impulse to shill for Miguel. A man with a voice so impregnable and … Continue reading

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Love streams: Adele’s ’25’

John Seabrook: If you are an Apple or a Spotify subscriber (I am both), you are faced with a quandary over what to do about “25.” In the old days, you would have just gone out and bought the album. … Continue reading

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Eric Church, Justin Bieber

Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood A strange thing about The Outsiders: “Talladega” and “Cold One” sounded fine on the radio. Maybe it’s a post-CD age album after all, refuting the sticky recollections in Mr. Misunderstood‘s title track, on which Eric … Continue reading

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Rage, rage: Grimes, The Chills

Grimes – Art Angel After three albums and a New Yorker profile, Claire Boucher is ready for crossover. These self-made beats are so dense that the absence of Ryan Tedder, Esther Dean, and other “topline” composers in the credits will … Continue reading

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Best albums of 2015 – third quarter report

I wanted to make it an even thirty but figure I still have eight weeks and I’m comfortable with these finalists. In chronological order. Jazmine Sullivan – Reality Show Dawn Richard – Blackheart Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer Sleater Kinney … Continue reading

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John Grant, Deerhunter, Tamar Braxton

John Grant – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure “Parataxis is the order of the way/I’ve never heard that world until tonight, I have to say,” the Pagliacci of modern electro-folk warbles expertly on the title track over synth strings and metronomic … Continue reading

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Just have a good time: Janet Jackson and Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up The title track nods to Kool & the Gang’s “Get Up On It” and Zapp, with a dash of N’Sync’s “Pop.” The self-satisfied “Die a Happy Man” hues so closely to “Waiting for the World … Continue reading

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Don’t call them comebacks: New Order and Robert Forster

New Order – Music Complete Boredom and a lifetime’s worth of acrimony having forced the departure of their most crucial member, the trio plus two unassuming additions record a better bunch of songs than anyone, including the trio, had a … Continue reading

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