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Q1 2015

My favorite LPs from the past 3 months, loosely ranked. Also, first list using the new list creator. =D
1Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly

As annoying as the hype train was for this initially, it's easy to see why it's garnering so much acclaim. Kendrick sounds so good over these jazz, soul, and funk instrumentals. Shoutout to FlyLo and Thundercat for their incredible contributions. Shoutout to KDot for actually bringing a positive message through commercial hip-hop.
Scar Sighted

An early contender for my metal AOTY. Never big on Leviathan till now. This record is colossal, ugly, and best of all heavy as fuck. Haven't been this enamored with a metal album since Sacred White Noise.
3Viet Cong
Viet Cong

Pretty unique sound for an indie group. Sort of brings some ominous undertones that are layered deep in traditional indie rock fare. The album gains momentum as it goes, resulting in a jaw dropping final track.
If You're Reading This It's Too Late

Drake at his most vulnerable, aggressive, and introspective. Drake harnesses a trap aesthetic here that manages to outdo other trap contemporaries, showcasing both thoughtfulness and personality.

For more of my thoughts on this tape, check out my review: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/66099/Drake-If-Youre-Reading-This-Its-Too-Late/
5Death Grips
The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death

Death Grips' most accessible since The Money Store. Love the rock instrumentation on this. Nice to hear Zach back behind his kit again instead of the drum machines. Well worth the wait.
6Desolate Shrine
The Heart of the Netherworld

Great blackened dm in the vein of Ulcerate. Dark Descent has some of the best in the genre, per usual.

Another great instrumental black metal album. It's at least on par with their last one, perhaps even better. Need more listens to fully digest.
8Earl Sweatshirt
I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside: An Album By Earl Sweatshirt

Earl's best yet, settling into his own unique sound and voice. Probably my favorite member of OFWGKTA (besides Frank Ocean, who I don't really count and needs to drop his next album soon, goddamnit). Very introspective album for Earl.
9Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'

Doesn't hit me the way Allelujah! or really any of their previous stuff does. You know a band has made a reputation for themselves when you consider a 4/5 rating a disappointing score. Going to jam this periodically and maybe it'll be a grower.
10 Elder (USA-PA)

Another fantastic stoner metal album from Elder. Their best yet.
11Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

Pretty solid stripped down folk record after the overwrought "Age of Adz." Not fully buying into the hype on this but it's still quite enjoyable and worthy of some recognition.
12John Carpenter
Lost Themes

Fans of Carpenter's films will find a lot to appreciate here. Check this out if you're a fan of retro synth rock, old sci fi or horror films, or just enjoy a good film score or instrumental album.

For more of my thoughts on this LP, check out my review: http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/65808/John-Carpenter-Lost-Themes/
13The Parlor Mob
Cry Wolf

A great, Mars Volta-y sounding record from a band that i've never cared much for up to this point.
The End of Everything

Great instrumentals from Plini. A fitting end to his trilogy.
15Steven Wilson
Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Another one that I gave a 4/5 (actual score 3.8) yet still found disappointing. Raven was in my top 5 of 2013 but this just feels tepid at times. I miss the Crimson esque prog of his last release but I can respect him wanting to branch out into other genres and sounds.
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