O'TOOLE'S TOP 15 ALBUMS OF 2015 ➕ ONE MUSICAL 🎶

I listen for albums that play nice from start to finish, and ones that I believe will age well.
  1. 1.
    Joanna Newsom 💿 Divers
    My favorite wintertime activity is playing Newsom in the dark. I think @gangelson and @tothemaxxx said it best: "Supertramp at first. G: Turn up turn up. M: So vibed. So 70s. 1670s." FACES MADE WHILE LISTENING TO THE JOANNA NEWSOM ALBUM
  2. 2.
    Leon Bridges 💿 Coming Home
    This album is "straight from the fridge". It's as if one of the best soul albums from the '50s sat in a studio for sixty years and they finally released it now. https://open.spotify.com/album/4svLfrPPk2npPVuI4kXPYg
  3. 3.
    BØRNS 💿 Dopamine
    I don't usually venture too far into the pop spectrum, but once I pop, I can't stop, listening. Pure ecstasy. https://open.spotify.com/album/17l7MIu0Jh0tdgK7or9ovw
  4. 4.
    Beirut 💿 No No No
    I think this is their best album to date. No No No is oh so cohesive from start to finish. Put on some cans, close your eyes, and give it your full affection. If I were making a film, this would be the soundtrack. https://open.spotify.com/album/5wtzauAez32y69kp2ZMKwt
  5. 5.
    Snoop Dogg 💿 BUSH
    Irresistibly fun rhythm & funk produced by Pharrel. Features some choice guest appearances. Dance party album of the year. https://open.spotify.com/album/3UesepjW7Scwi8DV62Qqyn
  6. 6.
    Phil Cook 💿 Southland Mission
    Chock full of southern rock, blues and gospel. What he does with Charlie Parr's "1922" is particularly inspired. https://open.spotify.com/album/2RbQWhfCtfJWuIe758hy60
  7. 7.
    Jose Gonzalez 💿 Vestiges & Claws
    It's hard to say since they all sound so similar (including his band Junip), but I'm pretty sure this is the best album yet from this sweet sounding Swede. https://open.spotify.com/album/3mDpDgTVy3Lo6fdqoTr215
  8. 8.
    Tobias Jesso Jr. 💿 Goon
  9. 9.
    The Weather Station 💿 Loyalty
    The second album by Canadian folk singer Tamara Lindeman. Reminiscent of Joni Mitchell in both vocals and phrasing. The first track is the best winter song of the season. https://open.spotify.com/album/0fd2HQ5BIeEvj8xOum7qJ6
  10. 10.
    The Lowest Pair 💿 The Sacred Heart Sessions
    Cute and at the same time haunting, banjo driven americana. https://open.spotify.com/album/2r1Q0zQTpWNP0SFNDxTBgK
  11. 11.
    Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield 💿 Sing Elliot Smith
    Seth and Jessica bring big heart and infinite emotion to this project. The songs are pulling at Elliot's beautiful soul. https://open.spotify.com/album/53bdEtmOKTMdc8DOhiPWp1
  12. 12.
    Father John Misty 💿 I Love You, Honeybear
    I wanted to not like this album, but I could not, so I liked it, a lot. https://open.spotify.com/album/2A8IKX257C4hJaYUHMhLP7
  13. 13.
    Mac Demarco 💿 Another One
    This album continues where Salad Days left off. At this point, it is safe to say that he has defined a very unique and recognizable sound, and the songs are catchier than a bear in a salmon stream. https://open.spotify.com/album/0qE5QSP0wAkhMzt8X4TGPC
  14. 14.
    Sean Rowe 💿 Her Songs
    Sean covers songs by Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams, and Feist. It's a superb selection of songs that create a powerful and poetic album. A good introduction to the baritone vocals of Sean Rowe, and a great way to revisit these beautiful ballads. https://open.spotify.com/album/6QVoGoduF1KWrHUopfYqPG
  15. 15.
    Danny Schmidt 💿 Owls
    This album makes me feel like a kid again, like the world is still a magical and mysterious place. Schmidt is a surrealist songwriter, with a unique vocal delivery. And he writes a pretty good anti-gun song too. https://open.spotify.com/album/274tLjn1qC5ubsUU9BYcHv
  16. 16.
    Best Musical 🎵 Hamilton
    An incredible work of art. Broadway at its finest. https://open.spotify.com/album/1kCHru7uhxBUdzkm4gzRQc