Best New albums list of top artists in 2015
Noun: Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine with Your Blood
As Noun, Marissa Paternoster indulges here in some goth gloom, spreading out from her main band’s indie punk focus into decidedly dark-tinted versions of everything from electropop to surf. While the musical diversity keeps the best new album moving, the down turned melodies and morbid lyrics don’t have the emotional range that Paternoster’s other albums have in spades.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
The tracks range from demos to spoken word pieces, but they do share a few important elements. For one, they’re all plagued with nasty tape hiss and a complete lack of editorial discretion. “And I Love Her” is a worthy and even haunting cover, offering a brief respite from the storm that surrounds it on all sides.
Jeff Lynne’s ELO: Alone in the Universe
Alone in the Universe stays within the sounds we know of the group — everything here is definitely a pop song — while using technological advances to replace the bleeps and bloops of yesteryear. Gone are the artificial beeps of “Telephone” or the dense orchestra of “Livin’ Thing”; replacing them are layers of piano and subtle strings.
Ellie Goulding: Delirium
A few genuine gems sprinkled throughout Delirium serve to support the bravado behind this claim. For all the buildup, though, the execution of Goulding larger-than-life ambition doesn’t always live up to the premise.
Rustie: EVEN IF U DON'T BELIEVE
The boyish 32-year-old challenges charged rooms with his eclectic low-end instrumentals and extended mixes, always remaining true to ideals of artistic evolution when so many DJs have found comfort in the paydays of big name rooms and a bottle service clientele.