AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Rock Albums -

 Despite the proclamations and obituaries, rock still isn't dead in 2015, with strong albums from Kurt Vile, Blur, Best Coast, Alabama Shakes, the Dead Weather and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds leading the charge.
Sound & Color

Alabama Shakes

Sound & Color

The new Southern quartet gets suitably weird on this vivid, adventurous sophomore set.

California Nights

Best Coast

California Nights

The band aims for the back of arenas with its slick and unabashedly '90s alt rock-influenced third album.

Holding All the Roses

Blackberry Smoke

Holding All the Roses

With producer Brendan O'Brien, these Southern rockers deliver an album of great songs fueled by killer riffs and hooks.

All Across This Land

Blitzen Trapper

All Across This Land

A wide-open, old-fashioned rock record alternating between lumbering riff-rockers and burnished folk-rock.

The Magic Whip

Blur

The Magic Whip

A rich, meditative comeback that sees the kings of Brit-pop reclaiming their status as an art-pop band.

Euphoria

Chris Stamey

Euphoria

The power pop legend touches upon all the music he's ever played or loved on this vibrant, vital album.

All Your Favorite Bands

Dawes

All Your Favorite Bands

Literate, impeccably produced rumination on love, memory, and the music that moves our hearts.

Sore

Dilly Dally

Sore

Canadian band's 2015 debut sounds like the great lost alt-rock noise pop album of 1992. (That's a compliment.)

American Beauty/American Psycho

Fall Out Boy

American Beauty/American Psycho

Perhaps the best fusion yet of Patrick Stump's love of soul and Pete Wentz's rock & roll savior aspirations.

Matador

Gaz Coombes

Matador

A moody yet comforting record that plays like a decade-delayed sequel to Supergrass' Road to Rouen.

Mystery Glue

Graham Parker / Graham Parker & the Rumour

Mystery Glue

Former Angry Young Man becomes the Larry David of pub rock, and it suits him perfectly on this sharp but laid-back set.

Let the Good Times Roll

JD McPherson

Let the Good Times Roll

The Oklahoma rock & roller's sophomore album of literate, rootsy, old-school R&B.

Fast Forward

Joe Jackson

Fast Forward

The gifted pop songwriter hops from New York and New Orleans to Amsterdam and Berlin on his first studio set since 2008.

Whatever, My Love

Juliana Hatfield / Juliana Hatfield Three

Whatever, My Love

The Juliana Hatfield Three reunite for the first time in 22 years, delivering a record that's tougher, flintier, and better than their 1993 alt-rock classic.

B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

Kurt Vile

B'lieve I'm Goin Down...

The singer/songwriter trades electric guitars for acoustics, banjos, and pianos, whittling away excess while retaining eccentricity.

Hey, Killer

Local H

Hey, Killer

11 tough songs of rage and disappointment in a decaying culture from America's favorite two-man post-grunge juggernaut.

Hi Honey

Low Cut Connie

Hi Honey

Low Cut Connie's second album is a rowdy revival tent that preaches the gospel of rock & roll sleaze.

MCIII

Mikal Cronin

MCIII

Adding some dramatic scope to his sound (with strings, horns, and a side-long concept), the singer/songwriter goes big without going flat.

Chasing Yesterday

Noel Gallagher / Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Chasing Yesterday

Second time around, the Oasis leader sharpens his focus and expands his palette, winding up with a better version of the High Flying Birds' debut.

Saturn's Pattern

Paul Weller

Saturn's Pattern

A spacy, soulful rebirth for Paul Weller.

Black Record

Rocket from the Tombs

Black Record

The latest edition of David Thomas' proto-punk band delivers his hardest, most rocking album in decades.

No Cities to Love

Sleater-Kinney

No Cities to Love

A dense, bright, furious, and joyful reunion from the trail-blazing punk trio.

Cradle to the Grave

Squeeze

Cradle to the Grave

Difford and Tilbrook reunite for Squeeze's first album in 17 years and it's a lively, wry delight.

I Wasn't Born to Lose You

Swervedriver

I Wasn't Born to Lose You

On its first album since 1998, this cult shoegaze band sounds as exciting and as dreamy as decades prior.

Yours, Dreamily,

The Arcs

Yours, Dreamily,

Atmospheric, soulful debut from Black Keys leader Dan Auerbach's side project the Arcs.

South Broadway Athletic Club

The Bottle Rockets

South Broadway Athletic Club

Easygoing but committed set from these alt-country survivors shows they write about working-class life better than nearly anyone.

For All My Sisters

The Cribs

For All My Sisters

The band collaborates with producer Ric Ocasek on some of its poppiest misfit anthems yet.

Last of Our Kind

The Darkness / The Last of Our Kind Choir

Last of Our Kind

A relentlessly likeable smorgasbord of hard rock posturing that manages to touch on nearly every iteration of the genre.

Dodge and Burn

The Dead Weather

Dodge and Burn

After a five-year hiatus, the supergroup delivers its most compelling, exciting album yet.

Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015

More fractured, electrified, postmodern gutbucket from the band that defined the form; their toughest, most grooving set since 1996.

This Is the Sonics

The Sonics

This Is the Sonics

The manic Pacific Northwest garage band returns to the studio and delivers an album that lives up to their furious legend.

Mutilator Defeated at Last

Thee Oh Sees

Mutilator Defeated at Last

After getting in touch with their softer side on Drop, the gnarly, noisy guitars are back on the band's sixth album in five years.

Thunderbitch

Thunderbitch

Thunderbitch

Wild and trashy rock & roll side project by Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Titus Andronicus

The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Intelligent, original indie punks create their most ambitious album to date, a guided tour through one man's damaged psyche.

Paper Wheels

Trey Anastasio

Paper Wheels

A warm, sunny, and rhythmic album that easily conjures memories of mid-'70s Dead.

Ghost Notes

Veruca Salt

Ghost Notes

Seventeen years after their last album together, the band's original lineup reunites for a consistently enjoyable set of songs about falling apart.

V

Wavves

V

After a detour into murky overproduction, the band returns with their most straightforward, hookiest, and brightest-sounding album yet.

White Reaper Does It Again

White Reaper

White Reaper Does It Again

On its debut album, the Kentucky garage punk band has hooks to spare, energy to burn, and a batch of knockout songs.

Star Wars

Wilco

Star Wars

Jeff Tweedy and his bandmates roll tape, turn up their amps, and create their most playful and spontaneous work in years.

America

Wreckless Eric

America

The great British eccentric moves to the United States and writes about the things he sees, from diner food to failing boy bands.