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.