As the curtain falls on , it might be hard to remember any albums released this year besides Adele's record-breaking, generation-uniting, triple-platinum-and-counting But there was so much more to hear. Over on the pop charts, Halsey celebrated the "New Americana" rhymes with "Biggie and Nirvana" , and some of 's best albums upended the old one: Upstart Chris Stapleton sang country songs like Sam Cooke, Jason Isbell made roots-rock that shouts out Sylvia Plath, and both Rhiannon Giddens and Bob Dylan took turns running the American songbook through their unique prisms. Here are the 50 records that defined our year. A vast departure from the introspective, lounge-y feel of 's Elegancia Tropical , vocalist Li Saumet gets raunchy as ever on "Caderas" before rocking gently towards eternal commitment to the undulating reggaeton of "Somos Dos. Dylan was already covering "That Lucky Old Sun" — a hit for Frankie Laine, and the last track on this album of songs once recorded by Frank Sinatra — in his early-Nineties shows. But Shadows in the Night is more than homage.
AllMusic 2015 Year In Review
In , the Weeknd went pop, the Internet went big and Janet Jackson went back to the duo that helped her explode in the Eighties. Leon Bridges and Kali Uchis breathed new life into vintage sounds while the electronic fusions of Kelela and FKA Twigs made a contemporary genre nearly unrecognizable from the past. The veering between genres — the harshly scraped synths of songs like "dRuGz," the slithering funk of "Cycles" and "Wait A Minute! Mizan K's terrific six-song EP debut is stark and frank. At numerous times it's just her and her keyboard, confessing neuroses and finding faith that they will subside. Though her roots are firmly planted in Pereira, Colombia, Kali Uchis' true essence resides in an old school malt shop somewhere in Motown, U.
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The music critics of The New York Times share their picks for the best pop and jazz albums of the year. Race, poverty, fame, lust, cultural heritage, the direction of America and the trajectory of his career are all on his mind. Ideas and atmosphere govern the tracks, not immediate catchiness. She sings them in her high, guileless but determined voice, accompanied by her harp.