2015 Albums

A Head Full of Dreams

Album Reviews | Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams (2015)

Chris Martin‘s divorce — er, “conscious uncoupling” — with Gwyneth Paltrow appears to have made Coldplay more productive. Ever since the band’s international stardo...

8 Great
25

Album Reviews | Adele – 25 (2015)

For years in the music industry, artists either were stars or were just making a living in search of stardom. (Or failing entirely.) Tuesdays, in the music industry of old, were home to big releases b...

7 Good
Art Angels
Mr. Misunderstood

Album Reviews | Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood (2015)

The chances of me eventually becoming a country music expert are certainly slim to none, but I am enjoying becoming acquainted with some of the best of what the genre’s contemporary artists have...

9 Amazing
Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live

Album Reviews | Johnny Marr – Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live (2015)

I haven’t reviewed any live albums since I began reviewing albums in 2013, so I figured Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live is as good a place as any to start. And it’s not because this is an...

9 Amazing
Stories

Album Reviews | Avicii – Stories (2015)

I’m afraid Avicii‘s game has slipped a bit. His first album, 2013‘s True, was a refreshing take on EDM, revealing Avicii as a pop craftsman in his own right. In other words, the albu...

6.5 Fair
Caracal

Album Reviews | Disclosure – Caracal (2015)

While it wouldn’t quite be accurate to say Disclosure hit the big time in 2013 with their debut album Settle, the record did go platinum in the electronic duo’s native UK and they do seem ...

8.5 Great
Cass County

Album Reviews | Don Henley – Cass County (2015)

When I first heard that Don Henley was taking another stab at a solo album with Cass County, his first in 15 years and his first country album overall, my feelings were mixed. I had given Henley’...

8 Great
Dodge and Burn
b'lieve i'm goin down

Album Reviews | Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down… (2015)

Kurt Vile is truly one of my favorite discoveries of the past few years. I first uncovered the lo-fi rocker when I mined 2013 year-end lists and found his pretty great Wakin On a Pretty Daze — w...

9.5 Amazing
1989

Album Reviews | Ryan Adams – 1989 (2015)

When I first heard of Ryan Adams‘ preposterous song-for-song cover album of Taylor Swift’s 2014 bestseller 1989, I thought it was some kind of joke. Adams is famously prolific, having reco...

5.5 Average
Higher Truth

Album Reviews | Chris Cornell – Higher Truth (2015)

Despite the fact that Chris Cornell is my favorite male vocalist of all time — the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan is my favorite female vocalist, in case you’re wondering ̵...

7 Good
Didn't He Ramble
Crosseyed Heart
Beauty Behind the Madness

Album Reviews | The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)

Honestly, I wasn’t even that familiar with The Weeknd until his performance at the 2016 Grammys, which was pretty good — even without Lauryn Hill. He wasn’t as natural at performing ...

8 Great
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