List: My Top 25 Albums of the Year

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tahyalbumsRocknutter Christopher Tahy’s best of list from 2015 contains a wide variety of rock sounds. Check it out below.

25. The Alabama Shakes- Sound & Color
24. Majical Cloudz- Are You Alone?
23. Big Dick- Disappointment
22. Torche- Restarter
21. Mikal Cronin- MCIII
20. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion- Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015
19. The Myrrors- Arena Negra
18. The Dead Weather- Dodge And Burn
17. Rose Windows – Rose Windows
16. Deerhunter- Fading Frontier

15. Tame Impala – Currents

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This was one of the toughest reviews I had to write all year. You have to acknowledge that Kevin Parker’s instrumentation and production work were spot on. But, as a huge fan of the first two albums, I was left a little underwhelmed. However, there where plenty of tracks on Currents to keep it in rotation throughout the year.

14. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Wizard – Quarters

What a bold undertaking this was. Quarters wan’t just the title of the album but the theme too. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard took four songs and recorded them with a length of 10 minutes and 10 seconds. It was one of the cooler undertakings that stuck with me this year earning a spot in my top 15.

13. FUZZ – II

This is another FUZZ record and that’s a great thing. Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart, and Chad Ubovich create a sprawling proto-metal landscape that goes in a few directions. While I thought their self-titled debut was a tighter album over all, II gave us plenty of tasty, molten riffs to meld with your eardrums.

12. Wand – Golem

When I first heard Wand’s debut Ganglion Reef I was taken aback. But when I heard the follow up Golem, I was drawn in. Golem was an unexpected, sludgy, heavy, space vortex that shows only a few hints of their debut. Wand has already released a follow up to Golem, 1000 Days. With a band as prolific as this I can only imagine what comes next.

11. waUnknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

You could consider Tame Impala’s Currents a “pop” psych or “dance” psych album. I believe the same could be said about UMO’s third record Multi-Love. Why did it rank higher than Currents you ask? Well, Ruben Nielson has enough of the special UMO something that kept everything weird. Plus, it’s a UMO record you can shake your ass to and I’m all for that.

10. Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated at Last

Starting in on the top 10, Thee Oh Sees had to be here. With songs such as “Turned Out Light,” “Withered Hand,” and “Palace Doctor,” Mutilator Defeated at Last was and impressive addition to an already expansive and impressive catalogue.

9. Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Let me say this — like Scot Lade, I believe that Foil Deer isn’t as good as Major Arcana. But, I would have to say “Raising The Skate” is one of the songs that stuck with me the most this year. A lot of the same flavors from past releases were there, but this was Speedy Ortiz going a bit out of there comfort zone – it worked more that not.

8. Hollow Sunshine – Bring Gold

An up-and-coming band that’s doing impressive things, Hollow Sunshine combines shoegaze and sludge in an almost “gentle” way. Unlike Deafheaven, Hollow Sunshine is a slow burn that holds its fury in its slower tempo.

7. Motel Beds – Mind Glitter

In a year of heavy hitters, Motel Beds’ Mind Glitter absolutely has to be here. Not only did it get to interview dynamic front man PJ (https://rocknuts.net/2015/09/02/interview-pj-of-motel-beds-shares-what-helps-make-his-mind-glitter/) but Mind Glitter happens to be the most cohesive and well-produced Beds album to date. I can only say do yourself a favor and catch this wave.

6. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie and Lowell

Sufjan has always been a prolific artist, but but Carrie and Lowell is his most beautiful and personal to date. I feel this album fills the spot that Sun Kil Moon’s Benji carved out last year — believe me that’s not a bad thing.

5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

As a music fan/journalist I come to you with a secret shame. I’ve never heard Father John Misty’s 2012 album Fear Fun. But, I did remedy the situation by getting into I Love You, Honeybear. In a list filled with big and heavy rock albums, Josh Tillman’s I Love You, Honeybear’s bigger instrumentation, engaging highs, and emotional lows carries a huge and catchy weight that stick with you.

4. Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

Could this be the last Titus Andronicus album recorded? Maybe. Is it a great way to go? Absolutely. A heady rock opera that requires a bit of homework and research, but once cracked, this album gives one of the most rockin’ and rewarding experiences of 2015.

3. Deafheaven – Bermuda

One of the most brutal albums released this year, Deafheaven’s Bermuda is another excellent blend of black metal and shoegaze. There’s a reason this album is here and that’s because it’s DEAFHEAVEN.

2. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

Sleater-Kinney is back and better than ever. No Cities To Love is a powerful “rock” album that helped remind us why they where missed. We can only hope that another album is released because if the can come back this strong then we have noting to worry about.

1. Viet Cong – Viet Cong

I originally gave this album 4 out of 5 but as the year went on it had to be the album I came back to the most. Its machine-like hypnotism and familiar yet original tones make it the perfect combination of comfort and interest. Plus, the final track, “Death,” was a bold monster that made its 11-minute run time feel like nothing. While the band isn’t going by Viet Cong anymore, this album was the strongest – maybe even the best – debut of 2015. Whatever they end up calling themselves I’m waiting with great anticipation on what they release next.

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