NEW MUSIC I'VE BOUGHT IN 2015, RANKED
I didn't buy nearly as much new music in 2015 as Id thought.
- •Pageant Material, from Kacey Musgraves: Even better than her first. It's just a stronger, more consistent album.
- •To Pimp a Butterfly, from Kendrick Lamar: I read an article the other day saying people just like this album because they feel they have to. I heartily disagree. It's stunning. I feel that I've learned a lot from this collection. It still makes me dizzy, listening to everything said in this album.
- •Reality Show, from Jazmine Sullivan: I usually don't listen to friends' recommendations when they suggest new music to me, but I'm glad I did for Ms. Sullivan. What great music, what great messages! It's a little bit of a tough listen sometimes, but that's a testament to how honest and real the words are.
- •Surf, from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Chance the Rapper is a genius, full stop. I'll be seeing these guys in concert next week, and I've told everyone I can already feel the love and happiness emanating from the stage, because of this music. I think that about sums up how I feel about the music and artists themselves.
- •Traveller, from Chris Stapleton: Admittedly, I bought this album only a few days ago, but it's very good. Chris Stapleton's voice is amazing! And it's good old fashioned country. Just like I like it.
- •It Follows, from Disasterpeace: Color me surprised that I bought a horror movie's soundtrack. However, this is some great music, paying homage to other horror soundtracks of the eighties and nineties, while still somehow being original. And of course, terrifying.
- •Uptown Special, from Mark Ronson: Strange that this album is last, considering how much I looked forward to its debut, once Uptown Funk caught on. But I find it inconsistent, with its lesser songs...much lesser. There are some gems, though, and Mr. Ronson has some great friends and ARTISTS to help him along.
- •EDITED SremmLife, from Rae Sremmurd: I didn't realize this album was released this year. It still would've been last, anyway. It's fun, it's good, but I really bought it because I needed music to dance and have fun to. There's no real substance, it's just for fun, and that's okay, sometimes! Also: No Type is STILL my jam.