2015 Honorable Mentions by RockyRaccoon (2020)

Albums that didn't make my 2015 top-100, but are still worth listening to

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A lot of times dance music doesn't translate super well into an album format. It's made to be played in a club or at a party and it's made to be danced to, not necessarily listened to and studied. But what takes electronic dance albums and turns them into great albums is when they are enjoyable in both instances. This album, Jlin's debut, is exceptionally enjoyable as just an album, and one can imagine it being played in some underground club on a dark dance floor. As an album, Jlin keeps you interested because things are always changing. This isn't one of those electronic albums that just focuses in on one theme and plays it to death, this album is always changing, constantly evolving, and that's what makes it great, that's what makes it such an impressive album.
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Jazmine Sullivan encompasses so many different aspects of the female experience on this album, and does it so well, that it's almost dizzying. The first two songs alone deal with two different extremes of being a woman: "Dumb" deals with a woman who is with a man who's cheating on her and thinks that she has no idea of his infidelity. She tells him that she doesn't need him, that she can live without him and if he wants to be single, be single. The next song deals with almost the exact opposite: a woman who is entirely dependent on her husband, a rich man, for her lifestyle, and the pressures she feels to be beautiful all the time because "new girls" are popping up every day, and she feels that she needs to constantly attract her man back to her, otherwise she'll be left and have nothing. The rest of the album handles a variety of subjects, from the demands of a woman who is with a man entering the hip-hop scene, to overcoming negative body image and realizing the inherent value of oneself. Sullivan has one of, if not the, best voices in R&B today, a voice that is full of both soulful longing and triumphant power and blends the two perfectly. This album is, after everything, about triumphing, and that's exactly what it does, and it's executed almost perfectly. [First added to this chart: 08/07/2020]
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Milk & Bone are a synthpop duo, and what separates them from most other synthpop groups is their ability to keep it simple. This is their debut, and on it, they have a pretty simplistic, but nice, sound. Often synthpop can be loaded with different things, walls of synth, blankets of sound all over the place, but Milk & Bone are content with just a piano if that's what the song calls for. The album is consistent, the music is great, a few of the songs are pretty catchy, there's a solid rap collaboration with Canadian Terrell Morris, and all in all, it's a very enjoyable album.

Highlights include: "Easy To Read", "New York" and "Pressure".
[First added to this chart: 04/13/2018]
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It's possible for a band to emulate the sound of other bands without sounding like a cheap knockoff. The Sidekicks very obviously emulate bands like Band Of Horses on this album, lead singer Steve Ciolek sounds almost exactly like Ben Bridwell, so much so that I had to Google to make sure that this wasn't some new project that Bridwell popped into. But this doesn't sound like some poor Band Of Horses imitation, but rather it sounds like a band influenced by them, and maintaining their own identity. This sounds like the kind of stuff that got Band Of Horses big in the first place, high, big-but-in-a-small-way vocals with thick guitars and sweeping, catchy melodies. The Sidekicks execute it all way while still maintaining their own identity, and that makes for a really enjoyable album. [First added to this chart: 11/17/2017]
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Hopsin is one of the most talented rappers out there that virtually no one pays attention to. The guy is an excellent wordsmith with a flow and delivery similar to Eminem (if I was forced to give a comparison), and on top of that, he's a fantastic producer. He's able to be funny (see: "Ramona", a song about a crazy female stalker featuring the similarly impressive Jarren Benton) and able to be very serious (see: "Ill Mind Of Hopsin 7", or really any of the "Ill Mind Of Hopsin" tracks on his albums). He'll take on religion, he'll take on other rappers, he'll take on politics, whatever, he's ready to do it, he has no fear, and that attitude translates into his delivery and his music. Hopsin is great, and continues to prove it on this album, so check it out.

Highlights include: "Ramona", "Fort Collins", and "Ill Mind Of Hopsin 7"
[First added to this chart: 10/11/2017]
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Imagine Dragons gets a lot of hate, and it's truly unfortunate because this is a talented group of musicians. Their debut, while exceedingly radio-friendly, was still a very interesting and fun listen, and this album, while not as good as their debut, shows Imagine Dragons trying to further themselves a little bit. There's a bit more experimentation from them here, playing around with different sounds and feels. While there are still the radio-ready songs (e.g. "I Bet My Life"), there's enough variety to make it a really cool album. Dan Reynolds' voice is still as powerful as ever, and this album actually features Wayne Sermon's guitar work a bit more, which is great. And don't interpret "radio-friendly" as a bad thing, Imagine Dragons can still make a catchy radio song interesting and fun. I give them credit here. After the success of their debut, they could've just pumped out a bunch of copies of "Radioactive" or "Demons" or any of their other hits, but they didn't. They decided to try and further themselves while still maintaining their sound.

Highlights include: "Dreams", "I Bet My Life" and "I'm So Sorry".
[First added to this chart: 06/22/2017]
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This is a mix of just about everything you can imagine. Predominantly, it's an electronic/psych album, very trippy, very ethereal, like walking through some kind of crazy, drug-induced dream-like hallucination. But a laid-back one, this isn't one of the crazy cerebral albums that messes with your head, but rather an album that just settles itself right into your brain and surrounds you. If there's ever an album that typified the modern "turn on, tune in, drop out" feeling, this is the one. It's a difficult album to accurately describe, but I think that's the beauty of it, it's unique, and I don't think you'll hear another album like it this year. [First added to this chart: 12/17/2015]
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[First added to this chart: 11/02/2017]
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This is Sunn O))) doing what they do best. Creating a transportive atmosphere with drone metal and Gregorian-like chants. They've always been excellent at crafting impressive soundscapes, it always feels like every Sunn O))) album is an experience, it's always a cohesive unit rather than a collection of tracks. This isn't exceptionally long, only 35 minutes, but the experience of this album is definitely rewarding. The vocals are slow and broad, like Monk chants, and form words that are fairly indistinguishable and just blend into the rest of the music. If you've heard Sunn O))) before, you know what to expect from this album, and this is definitely one of their better albums. [First added to this chart: 12/16/2015]
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[First added to this chart: 10/12/2017]
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2015 Honorable Mentions composition

Country Albums %


United States 64 64%
United Kingdom 13 13%
Canada 3 3%
Germany 2 2%
Norway 2 2%
France 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
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2015 Honorable Mentions chart changes

Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 1st to 2nd
Reality Show
by Jazmine Sullivan
Faller Down 1 from 2nd to 3rd
Little Mourning
by Milk & Bone
Faller Down 1 from 3rd to 4th
Runners In The Nerved World
by The Sidekicks
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New entryDark Energy
by Jlin

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From 11/05/2015 00:31
@dbz - yea dude, the new Atkins is pretty sweet too.

@mecca - I think I need to relisten to the U.S. Girls album, I liked it a lot, might eventually crack the top-100.
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Man, you put some serious work into this. All those informative notes. I think the bulk of these that I know would fall into my own honorable mentions chart if I made one. Was surprised Sleater Kinney and US Girls couldn't crack your top 100.
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