There were so many incredible records this year that made 2015 the best but also we didn’t get albums from Brand New or Kanye so 2015 was the worst.
10. The Island Of Misfit Toys – I Made You Something
9. Jeff Rosenstock – We Cool?
8. Petal – Shame
7. Quiet Company – Transgressor
6. Turnover – Peripheral Vision
Following the recommendation of one of my favorite bands, Touche Amore, I came across Julien Baker’s debut album and was absolutely blown away. It’s incredible how a record that sounds so delicate can pack such an emotional punch to it, but that’s just what Baker does on Sprained Ankle. She tapped into something special and came away with one of the most gut-wrenchingly beautiful records in recent memory.
As much as I love Whenever, If Ever, TWIABP found a way to outdo themselves with its follow-up. Harmlessness cherry-picks everything that made Whenever, If Ever a great record and grew it. Every second of this record is enthralling, with the band cramming in as much as they can into every moment. No band uses the empty space in songs as beautifully as TWIABP and Harmlessness is their prove of that.
3. Carley Rae Jepsen – Emotion
It’s not really a secret that I’m a sucker for pop music, and Emotion is far and away the most finely crafted collection of pop songs released this year. The whole record has a strange, dark feel to it, which goes head-to-head with the infectious hooks stuffed into every second of every song. That dichotomy doesn’t ever fall out of harmony, with each side balancing out perfectly and producing incredibly solid tracks. Take my punk cred away, I don’t care. This record rules and is one of the best of 2015.
The Wonder Years is a unique band in that they have, without a doubt, gotten better with each release, and No Closer To Heaven represents their strongest effort to date. With only a slight tinge of pop punk left in the tank, the band’s inclusion of various styles and the progression of both Dan Campbell’s lyrics and delivery have pushed them into a whole other stratosphere. No Closer To Heaven is huge step up for the band while retaining the passion and fire that the band is known for.
Joy, Departed is a special record. Like The Hotelier a year ago, Sorority Noise was able to perfectly capture an emotional tone that no other records came close to touching. Cam Boucher’s lyrics carry such a weight to them as he continues to use his band to address deeply personal topics with a poetic ease, while the band seamless melds emo, power-pop and indie into a digestible package. Sorority Noise created a truly impactful record in Joy, Departed, and that’s why it’s my album of the year.
Most Anticipated: Brand New