2015 Album Capsules (with Twitter Restricted Length)

Beach House - Depression Cherry (2015): 65.
The third time in a row they've made this album and it's starting to sound not so fresh.

Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars (2015): 76.
Clearly their better album of 2015. "Elegy to the Void" is their strongest cut in years.

Black Panties - S/T EP (2015): 72.
Fast, ferocious punk from the Mid-West, where apparently all the best punk is being made right now.

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style (2015): 66.
Not completely distinctive but songs "Something Soon" and "Strangers" are terrific lo-fi pop.

CCTV - CCTV (2015): 78.
Another great Mid-West punk EP, this one sounds even more like a relic from the past, specifically no-wave & Devo.

The Coneheads - L.P.1. (2015): 79.
Zolo art punk thats smart enough to rip off Devo and cover "Psycho Killer" but still feels plenty dumb.

Dick Diver - Melbourne, Florida (2015): 74.
This doesn't reach the heights of their debut but is filled with lovely, accessible jangle pop.

Downtown Boys - Full Communism (2015): 67.
Punk needs more sax, but it doesn't need more political ranting. I bet they're more fun live.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (2015): 67.
Albums can ungrow on you too. Sounds great, sometimes witty & always a bad aftertaste.

Fuzz - II (2015): 74.
A repeat of the first album, but if Ty wanted to do something different he'd just create a new band with his friends.

Jack Name - Weird Moons (2015): 54. Sleepy, hypnagogic pop that bounces between glam and psychedelic without landing anywhere memorable.

Joanna Newsom - Divers (2015): 83.
Think Newsom needs reminding: "Never get so attached to a poem you forget truth that lacks lyricism"

Thee Oh Sees - Mutilator Defeated At Last (2015): 76.
First OCS album with new line-up isn't quite a return to form but it's very compelling

Panda Bear - Meets the Grim Reaper (2015): 70. Better than I remembered but still makes me think PERSON PITCH was a crazy, inspired one-off.

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect (2015): 79. The best post-punk band around today that isn't called Total Control. Another terrific album.

Royal Headache - High (2015): 74. Infectious & soulful but not to the delirious levels of their debut, one of the strongest debuts in years.

Salad Boys - Metalmania (2015): 80. Pops like early 80's REM, jangles like The Feelies and bows down to pray to the gods of Flying Nun Recs.

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (2015): 48. Obviously a personal LP for Stevens but it's very one note both emotionally and sonically.

Tame Impala - Currents (2015): 76.
A rare sell-out pop LP that actually improves upon the work that preceded it. Probably a bit too long.

Uranium Club - Human Exploration (2015): 73.
Someone said Wire covering The Weirdos and I can't beat that. Angular, nervous punk by nerds.

Kurt Vile - b'lieve i'm goin down...(2015): 74.
Hits the ceiling on how good an album can be that includes "chillax" twice in its lyrics.