AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Latin and World Albums -

 Whether it was the sounds of Cambodia-obsessed Dengue Fever, the profoundly unique debut from Ibeyi, bachata superstar Prince Royce's star-studded new album or the latest from long-running Mexican rock icons Maná, there was much to enjoy on the global music scene in 2015.
Sirope

Alejandro Sanz

Sirope

The Spanish singer and songwriter pushes many musical boundaries in a provocative, breathtaking new collection.

Orphic Machine

Ben Goldberg

Orphic Machine

This large-scale work based on Allen Grossman's poetry is a masterful creation of artful sophistication and accessibility.

Trenet

Benjamin Biolay / Nicolas Fiszman

Trenet

An excellent tribute to the iconic songwriter that's loose, jazzy, and imaginative, yet utterly faithful to the source material.

Amor Supremo

Carla Morrison

Amor Supremo

Striking a perfect balance between atmosphere and artistry, Amor Supremo presents Morrison as anything but a traditional Latin pop star.

The Deepest Lake

Dengue Fever

The Deepest Lake

More eclectic and passionate music from this Cambodian-obsessed LA combo; one of their most flavorful and satisfying efforts yet.

Wondem

Dexter Story

Wondem

The singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger offers an encounter with musical traditions of Africa and the Caribbean via spiritual L.A. soul.

The Last Don, Vol. 2

Don Omar

The Last Don, Vol. 2

"Soledad," "Guaya Guaya," and "Yo Soy de Aqui" top the large list of highlights on the reggaeton Don's return.

Free Love

Fantasma

Free Love

The debut full-length from the South African supergroup weds electronic music to township traditions, punk, funk, and psych.

Visionary

Farruko

Visionary

The rapper, producer, and songwriter combines new styles, beats, and sonic approaches in his futuristic brand of reggaeton.

Hoy Más Fuerte

Gerardo Ortíz

Hoy Más Fuerte

The great songwriter and accordionist greatly ups his own creative ante with this excellent 26-track album.

Ibeyi

Ibeyi

Ibeyi

The killer debut from French-Cuban twins who wed Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms to electro doom soul.

Vendetta: Urban

Ivy Queen

Vendetta: Urban

Eight urban-styled songs from the reggaeton Queen's album Vendetta: The Project are collected on this smaller set.

Un  Besito Mas

Jesse & Joy

Un Besito Mas

The sibling duo offer a new level of maturity and sophistication on their finest outing to date.

Los Dúo

Juan Gabriel

Los Dúo

El Divo of Juarez returns to the studio to reimagine many of his hits with an all-star cast of vocal guests.

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

Kwashibu Area Band / Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

The "Golden Voice of Africa," with old friends and younger players, delivers a killer program of highlife and Afrofunk.

Ojos en Blanco

La Arrolladora Banda el Limón de René Camacho

Ojos en Blanco

After two decades, these Sinaloans reveal their singular sophistication on this mighty collection of brass- and woodwind-driven tunes.

Ya Dime Adiós

La Maquinaria Nortena

Ya Dime Adiós

This great Mexican regional dance quintet pull out all the stops with fine songs, breathtaking rhythms, and passionate performances.

Simili

Laura Pausini

Simili

After five years, the Italian superstar returns with a stirring album of all new material.

Balas y Chocolate

Lila Downs

Balas y Chocolate

The singer and songwriter's militant album about Mexico is also her most musically ambitious and emotionally intimate.

Cama Incendiada

Maná

Cama Incendiada

On their first album in nearly four years the Mexican rockers expertly balance pop accessibility and rock & roll swagger.

Afrodeezia

Marcus Miller

Afrodeezia

With an all-star international cast, the bassist creates massive grooves and infectious melodies to link the past to the future.

Hasta la Raiz

Natalia Lafourcade

Hasta la Raiz

The singer/songwriter delivers an intimate, poignant, quietly powerful collection of heartbreak songs on this gem of an album.

Nozinja Lodge

Nozinja

Nozinja Lodge

Exhilarating debut album from the architect of South Africa's hyperkinetic Shangaan electro sound.

Dale

Pitbull

Dale

The rapper returns with his second Spanish-language album.

Songs of Thessaloniki

Primavera en Salonico / Savina Yannatou

Songs of Thessaloniki

The Greek vocalist and Primavera en Salonico offer a beguiling musical portrait of Thessaloniki's rich cultural history.

Double Vision

Prince Royce

Double Vision

With Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez, and Snoop Dogg as guests, the bachata superstar's first primarily English album is a sexy success.

A Quien Quiera Escuchar

Ricky Martin

A Quien Quiera Escuchar

On his best offering in more than 15 years, the superstar delivers a collection of global dancefloor grooves and killer ballads.

Coup Fatal

Serge Kakudji / Fabrizio Cassol / Rodriguez Vangama

Coup Fatal

What makes this all so extraordinary is that there is absolutely nothing of pat pastiche about it, or even of experiment. A real triumph.

Live at Orion

simakDialog

Live at Orion

The Indonesian jazz-rockers captured in an exploratory, sprawling yet focused set recorded live at Baltimore's Orion Studio.

The Half-Finished Heaven

Sinikka Langeland

The Half-Finished Heaven

The Norwegian kantele player, composer, and singer explores the mysteries of nature on a primarily instrumental recording.

Zoy Zoy

Tal National

Zoy Zoy

The West African group's follow-up to its 2013 breakout is an exhilarating mix of regional traditions, rock flair, and dazzling musicianship.

No Image

The Very Best

Makes a King "Mumachokela Mafumu"

The Swedish-Malawian duo offer up another alluring amalgamation of politically charged Afro-pop and European house music.

Tambolero

Totó La Momposina / Totó La Momposina y Sus Tambores

Tambolero

A wonderful, remixed, re-imagining of the singer's classic La Candela Viva, containing alternate takes and new songs.

Que Suenen los Tambores

Víctor Manuelle

Que Suenen los Tambores

Exploring a range of rhythmic styles inside salsa, the singer executes one of the sharpest records of his career.