Mike's Top Ten Albums of 2015

Like my Top 10 Movies list, this is a great way to get to know my tastes, but on the musical end of things. You'll notice that I like a good rock n' roll album with good riffs, good melodies, and/or a good look to the past. Feast your ears on these bad boys (and girls):

1.) Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear – Everything that I love in one place: lush orchestration, beautiful melodies, funny/thoughtful/slightly insane lyrics, and genuine heart.

2.) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – This one was a grower for me. The first time through it confused me, but people kept telling me to revisit it. Then on the third or fourth spin, everything started to reveal itself. Now, I can’t go a week without giving her a listen. It’s a fairly straightforward grungy rock n’ roll album through the lens of her twisted/quirky Aussie awesomeness. LOVE IT.

3.) Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People – Doo-wop meets punk meets rock n’ roll meets awesome...really super-mega awesome.

4.) Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey – These guys are straight up channeling “Sticky Fingers” era Stones and it’s fantastic. Catchy party tunes - Rock N Roll!

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5.) Big Talk – Straight In No Kissin’ – What an album title. Power-pop via the drummer of the Killers and some amazing young gents. “What Happened To Delisa” has a chorus that sounds straight out of a Cars song…and it will never leave my brain.

6.) Punch Brothers – The Phosphorescent Blues – An experimental blue grass album that starts with a 10 minute, multi-movement epic. Don’t be intimidated by the “experimental” label – it’s still enormously melodic and catchy. They’re also one of the tightest, most talented live acts I’ve ever seen.

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7.) Ryan Adams – 1989 – What can you say…He made a great pop album into something to wrestle with. It’s still catchy, but it’s also haunting. Don’t act like you’re too cool for a T-Swift cover album. Yes, I also love the original.

8.) Leon Bridges – Coming Home – My wife and I love Sam Cooke – this guy sounds like Sam reincarnated…and I’ll take what I can get. This is some gorgeous stuff that sounds straight out of the early 60’s.

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9.) Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect – The Killers front man makes a modern 80’s/early 90’s pop tribute album – and it’s perfect…and catchy as hell…and awesome...and...Killer? (Sorry)

10.) JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll – Yet another perfect blast from the past. I guess I have a thing for a good throwback. I’ve recommended J.D. to others before and I will many more times. This one’s filled with more catchy rock n’ roll/rockabilly than you can shake a stick at. 

Honorable Mentions: Mutemath – Vitals, Langhorne Slim & The Law – The Spirit Moves, Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color, Mikal Cronin – III, My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall, The Wombats – Glitterbug, The Milk Carton Kids - Monterey, Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim