Episode 41 of the ObviousPopCast - The best new music now!
Dr. Tony Shore’s Top 20 Albums of 2016

The Best Albums of 2015


It's that time of year again! I love doing the year end list...going over all the new music from the past year and trying to rank and rate them, it's fun. But it can be tough, picking which deserve to be in the coveted Top Ten and then even harder to rank them from one to ten. I always feel it is even more fun to read other lists to see what I may have missed. This year was an interesting one. Not a whole lot blew me away, but there were a few. Jeff Lynne's ELO album was definitely my fave, it's a welcome return and quite a comeback from a legendary artist. An album that just blew me away this year is "The Race For Space" by Public Service Broadcasting. It's an amazing concept record about mans first attempts space travel and exploration. It utilizes actual broadcast samples to tell the history of the space race all with the most amazing mix of electronica, rock and prog.

I always say that on any give day it could be different, but here is this years list...

The ObviousPop Top Ten Albums of 2015

  1. Alone In The Universe - Jeff Lynne’s ELO
  2. The Race For Space - Public Service Broadcasting
  3. Via Zammata - Dweezil Zappa
  4. Positive Songs For Negative People - Frank Turner
  5. FFS - FFS
  6. Get To Heaven - Everything Everything
  7. The Music Of Armikrog - Terry Scott Taylor
  8. Time Machine - D.A. Wallach
  9. Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) - Pugwash
  10. Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots

The rest…

Currents - Tame Impala

Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise - Dear Hunter

Better Late Than Never - Anderson Ponty Band

Hand. Cannot. Erase. - Steven Wilson

The Epic - Kamasi Washington

Crush - Lettuce

Dancing At The Blue Lagoon - Cayucas

Glean - They Might Be Giants

The Grand Experiment - The Neal Morse Band

Best reissues:

Suburban Lawns (S/T) - Suburban Lawns

Amused To Death - Roger Waters


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