Friday, July 1, 2016

2015's finest in albums!

This is so bloody overdue, so let's get straight to it! Iiiiiit's... the top twenty albums of 2015! Yes, 20! 2014 was, in my opinion, a slightly less exciting than usual year for new music, but 2015 more than made up for it with some absolute corkers, and once again, Neeso's end of year chart has been extended to accommodate all the radness! So, without further ado:

20. Dumbsaint - Panorama, in ten pieces (Australia)
19. The Basics - The Age of Entitlement (Australia)
18. The Black Dog - Neither/Neither (UK)
17. Purity Ring - Another Eternity (Canada)
16. Squarepusher - Damogen Furies (UK)
15. Bjork - Vulnicura (Iceland)
14. Batpiss - Biomass (Australia)
13. White Fang - Chunks (USA)
12. Jamie xx - In Colour (UK)
11. The Meanies - It's Not Me, It's You (Australia)

10. Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon (Australia)
9. The Sidekicks - Runners in the Nerved World (USA)
8. Iron Maiden - The Book of Souls (UK)
7. Faith No More - Sol Invictus (USA)
6. The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes (UK)
5. High Tension - Bully (Australia)
4. Battles - La Di Da Di (USA)
3. Royal Headache - High (Australia)
2. Clowns - Bad Blood (Australia)
1. Leftfield - Alternative Light Source (UK)

Yeah, what can I say? It was a bloody good year!As always, we can have a look over this chart and see that local music was again extremely strong! The top five in particular features three very strong albums from bands who were now onto their second long-player. They managed to capitalise on very strong starts and come out with even stronger products! And all up, the countdown featured EIGHT Aussie artists. Hang on, is that as much as usual? Still a good showing nonetheless. Meanwhile, we had six UK artists, four from the US of A, and one apiece from Canada and Iceland!

But you can't fit everything in the top 20, and heeeeeere are some honourable mentions!
Blanck Mass - Dumb Flesh
Boy & Bear - Limit of Love
Chvrches - Every Open Eye
Cosmic Psychos - Cum the Raw Prawn
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Dallas Frasca - Love Army
Fat Freddy's Drop - Bays
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Floating Points - Elaenia
HEALTH - Death Magic
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Quarters!
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon
King Parrot - Dead Set
Kurt Vile - b'lieve I'm going down
Making - Highlife
Napalm Death - Apex Predator - Easy Meat
Pond - Man, It Feels Like Space Again
Refused - Freedom
Silversun Pickups - Better Nature
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love
Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Sunn O))) - Kannon
Tame Impala - Currents
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving - Yield to Despair
Tesseract - Polaris
The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The World at a Glance - ...Will Travel
TTTDC - Acronym
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper