Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2015

Strong Odors Favorite Albums 2015

I’m always totally impressed anyone can narrow down a list of annual favorite albums to just ten.

I have done it myself, but most years I just list a bunch of favorites without much regard for how many actually are included (seventeen last year, twenty-one favs in 2013). So this year I challenged myself to refine the list to ten.

It wasn’t easy… but I got it to 11 (which I guess is a little more rock-and-roll). I was apparently really into female-led groups this year—including Hop Along with my very favorite album—but obviously Sufjan is going to be in there, and Leon Bridges is my super man-crush forever now.

Of course, the only way I got it to a reasonable eleven favorite albums for 2015 was by creating a second playlist of “heavy rotation” records that are definitely among my favorites, but I guess not quite in the top 11. Some super awesome stuff in there, including Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Torres, Bill Ryder-Jones and my favorite rap album this year (sorry not Kendrick)—The Good Fight by Oddisee.

Have I missed anything great this year? Please let me know 🙂

2015 Favorite Albums:

In no particular order

Waxahatchee Ivy Tripp

Waxahatchee

Ivy Trip
One of several awesome femaile-led 90s-inspired garage-rock records that totally dominated my playlist this year. Can’t get enough!




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Brandi Carlile

The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Best new music from Brandi since 2009.




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Courtney Barnett

Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
This one gets better with each listen. Desperately want to see Courtney in concert.




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Dan Deacon

Glass Riffer
My gateway drug into electronic music.




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Hop Along

Painted Shut
Courtney Barnett might’ve made the most critically praised alt-rock record, but I just love Frances Quinlan’s voice so much—so this one was my favorite record this year, and my go-to all summer long..




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Leon Bridges

Coming Home
What can I say about Leon Bridges? This is the music that flows in my veins. Came out of freaking nowhere and I can’t get enough.




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Lianne La Havas

Blood
Was lucky a brother passed this on, or I’d have missed it altogether. Can play Lianne at pretty much any given moment and it hits the spot.




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Metavari

Moonless
Not sure this would’ve been on my list, had I not seen these guys perform. Hooked for good from that point.




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SOAK

Before We Forgot To Dream
Every song is so fantastic. Amazing work for teenage musician.




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Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell
It’s hard to say anything about this record without getting emotional.




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Thunderbitch

Thunderbitch
Alabama Shakes was a big part of my summer soundtrack this year, but I actually loved this side project just a bit more. Rock and Roll, man.