Best Albums of the Year …So Far

by Maryssa Beale

As summer comes to a close, now is the best time to reflect on what has been a stellar year for new album releases. There have been some truly amazing albums to come out in 2015 and it can be difficult to decide which albums are worth listening to. So we here at All That Junk have compiled a list featuring our Top 10 albums to be released so far this year (you can thank us later).

1. I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty (released Feb. 9th)

Yes, Father John Misty is the alter-ego of former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman but that doesn’t diminish the realness felt in this album. This is Tillman’s second time around as Father John and the album is definitely builds on the momentum from his first album, Fear Fun.

2. To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (released March 16th)

Personally I still prefer Lamar’s critically aclaimed first album, good kid m.A.A.d. city, but I would be lying if I didn’t say that Butterfly wasn’t an outstanding album. This album is heavily influenced by rap’s true roots of jazz, funk, and spoken word, which is a departure from the mainstream rap albums geared towards creating the next dance craze. If you only listen to one rap album this year (which I don’t recommend), then this one is the rightful choice.

3. Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens (released March 31st)

Writing a whole album about a break-up is common in the music world and most of those albums turn out to be amazing. On the other hand, writing a whole album about loss doesn’t have the same effect. Nobody wants to listen to something that can come off too morbid. Fortunately for us, Sufjan Stevens’ album about losing his mother truly is a masterpiece. This album is truly special and will inspire you to call your mother upon listening.

4. Sound and Color by Alabama Shakes (released April 21st)

The first single from this album, Don’t Wanna Fight, was featured on our Sounds Of Summer Playlist so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the rest of the album is just as good. This album has 70’s soul influences and frontwoman Brittany Howard’s dazzling set of pipes are able to deliver as expected.

5. At.Long.Last.A$AP by A$AP Rocky (released May 24th)

Not to be outdone by Lamar, A$AP Rocky dropped his sophomore album a month later to much fanfare. Our favorite track of the album is L$D and “Everyday (featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson)” is well worth a few listens.

6. In Colour by Jamie XX (released May 29th)

This album isn’t just a side project to hold you over until the next The XX record is released. Jamie XX’s latest solo release is a stellar album that truly showcases the talents of The XX producer. This is one of our favorite Dance/Electronica albums to be released this year.

7. How Big, How Blue, How Wonderful by Florence + The Machine (released June 1)

Florence Welch is an unstoppable vocal powerhouse, not even a broken foot can hold her back, and we have the video to prove it. Welch stated that she “wanted to make something that was big but that had a gentleness to it” and this album certainly delivers.

8. Yuck by Alpine (released June 12th)

Alpine is probalby the band you’ve never heard of but you should rectify that problem ASAP. This Melbourne-based sextet is a unique band that justifies how much of a musical powerhouse Australia has become recently. The two lead singers vocals blend perfectly and their songs are catchy in the best way.

9. Communion by Years & Years (released July 10th)

I know what you’re thinking. This list is great but you want something that you can really dance to. The look no more because Years & Years first full length album is the album designed to have you dancing the night away. Just check out the dance moves in Real for more proof.

10. Currents by Tame Impala (Released July 17th)

Kevin Parker and the gang have done it again. Their third album is their best work yet and this is the album we’ve had on repeat for the past week. Let It Happen is a strong opening track and the rest of the album very easily keeps up with it.

What’s On Deck

What Went Down by Foals
Beauty Behind the Madness by The Weeknd
Caracal by Disclosure
Every Open Eye by Chvrches
Swish by Kanye West

Drake, Rihanna, Justice and Sia are also rumored to be dropping albums in 2015 as well.

All That Junk brings you more of Maryssa‘s “Best of…” selections in Sounds of Summer and The Best TV Shows That You Aren’t Watching…Yet.

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