A funny thing happened in 2015. Looking at the Pitchfork year-end Top 150 albums, I’ve come to realize I have fully diverged from mainstream (well, music-nerd) tastes. Many of the albums on the list below not only missed the Pitchfork top 10, but don’t even get mentioned in the whole top 100. I went through and listened to some of the “best” albums and songs on their lists and yes, I’ve become old. I don’t like them, not one bit. I tried to be open-minded, but Drake is actually terrible. Kendrick Lamar just don’t click with me. I’ve liked plenty of hip-hop/rap albums in the past, but the current sound isn’t working. Maybe I’ve missed the boat and that boat is out to sea and isn’t coming back. I can live with that.
Anyway, with that uplifting introduction, here’s my favorite albums from the year that was.
Belle & Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Hot Chip: Why Make Sense?
10. Built to Spill: Untethered Moon
9. Matt & Kim: New Glow
8. Dan Deacon: Gliss Riffer
7. Chvrches: Every Open Eye
6. Faith No More: Sol Invictus
5. Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear
4. Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love
3. Desaparecidos: Payola
2. Metric: Pagans in Vegas
1. Grimes: Art Angels