2015 is not even halfway over and already the year has been overwhelmed with fantastic albums, from several hyped and long-awaited releases to many impressive debuts. Here are a few that are worth checking out.
Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
"Why Make Sense?," English band Hot Chip's sixth studio album, is a fantastic album to kick off the summer. Each track is lively in its own right, taking influences from 70s funk and disco and melding them with clean, modern sounds and production. The album doesn't rely on just sound: it sports clever lyrics as well. "Why Make Sense?" is a catchy and energetic dance pop record that rewards its listeners.
Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
Okay, so while Drake's latest release isn't actually an album (it's a mixtape), it's a release worth bending the rules for. "If You're Reading This…" is the newest addition to Drake's solid track record was met with equal amounts of surprise and acclaim because it was an unexpected release. With trap-influenced beats and dark instrumentals, and tracks like "Legend" and "Know Yourself" which have quickly become iconic, "If You're Reading This…" is perfect for a late night party.
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
Sufjan Stevens wrote his most recent album, "Carrie and Lowell," to mourn the passing of his mother, Carrie Stevens. Musically, the album is an incredibly intimate, simple, stripped-down folk affair, punctuated with segments of instrumentation that, while small, have a large impact on listeners. Lyrically, Stevens tells narratives of his mother and stepfather, opening up about his mother's schizophrenia and addictions as well as the way she treated her children. "Carrie and Lowell" is a heartbreaking record that makes one ache for Stevens.
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
At almost 80 minutes long, "To Pimp a Butterfly" is a monster of an album. The album is one long narrative, equal parts introspective dialogue and societal statement remarking on the treatment and view of black Americans. In the wake of unsettlingly common reports of police brutality and racial profiling, Lamar puts himself at the head of a revolution in songs like "Mortal Man," the twelve-minute closer that's more of a poem than a song. The album is likely the most influential and important album of the year, and will remain a snapshot into this time period for decades to come.
Are there any albums we missed? Let us know in the comments!
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