andrewdsweeney’s 50 Favourite Albums of 2015

Hello, and thanks for clicking on this link.  If you don’t know me, I’m Andy and I’m not only a fan of (what I’d call) good music, but I’m a big advocate of the album, a true contemporary art form which is constantly under threat by the pick ‘n’ mix culture of instantly accessible, downloadable digital music and the fact that, basically, there’s not much money in making albums for the vast majority of artists these days, unless you have sold your soul to Simon Cowell or your name is Adele.  The fact that I can still buy, listen to and enjoy so much new music these days is testament to the creative spirit and determination of hundreds of brilliant, determined musicians who still want to make albums.  I thank them and extend my sincere gratitude for their work and for keeping the album alive, even if they don’t appear on my “end of year” list.


I’ve listened to over a hundred new studio albums this year.  When I say listened, I mean bought the album and given each one my undivided attention from start to finish, like I believe an album is meant to be heard.  I’ve then uploaded those albums onto my portable music player and hit the random button so that I’ve been able to listen to individual songs, without the context of the album.  In short, I’ve listened to a stack load of music this year, some of it great, some not so great.  However, out of the hundred plus albums I bought this year, I created a shortlist of seventy-five and have now ruthlessly whittled it down to fifty albums.  Fifty albums I think represent the best of the year and certainly fifty that I can call my absolute favourites.  So, here they are…


50.  Mr. Hyde’s Wild Ride – Piney Gir



49.  Dream Soda – Demob Happy

Demob Happy

48.  Rattle That Lock – David Gilmour

David Gilmour

47.  The Light In You – Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev

46.  Better Than Home – Beth Hart

Beth Hart

45.  What Green Feels Like – Eaves


44.  Poison Season – Destroyer

Destroyer Poison Season

43.  Architect – C Duncan

C Duncan

42.  Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett


41.  Look Out Machines! – Duke Special

Duke Special

40.  Sea Of Brass – British Sea Power


39.  Outsiders – Jessie Malin

Jesse Malin Outsiders

38.  Highest Point In Cliff Town – Hooton Tennis Club

Hooton Tennis Club Highest Point

37.  Courting The Squall – Guy Garvey

Guy Garvey

36.  Saturn’s Pattern – Paul Weller

Paul Weller Saturn

35.  Krugerrands – Ian McNabb

ian mcnabb k

34.  Limit Of Love – Boy and Bear

Boy and Bear

33.  Blur – The Magic Whip

Blur Magic

32.  The Fine Art Of Hanging On  – The Leisure Society

Leisure Society Fine Art

31.  Primrose Green – Ryley Walker

Ryley Walker

30.  Ripe – Slug

Slug Ripe

29.  Songs Of Absolution – The Citizens


28.  Constant Bop – Bop English

Bop English Constant Bop

27.  Hand. Cannot. Erase. – Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson Hand

26.  The Artful Execution Of Macho Bimbo – Clowwns

Clowwns Macho Bimbo

25.  Ash – Kablammo!

Ash Kablammo

24.  Yours, Dreamily – The Arcs


23.  Blackbirds – Gretchen Peters

Gretchen Peters Blackbirds

22.  Hollow Meadows – Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley Hollow

21.  Anthems For Doomed Youth – The Libertines


20.  Carousel One – Ron Sexsmith

Ron Sexsmith Carousel

19.  Sermon On The Rocks – Josh Ritter

Josh Ritter Sermon

18.  Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied – The Fratellis



17.  Sun Leads Me On – Half Moon Run

Half Moon Run

16.  Whispers II – Passenger

Passenger Whispers II

15.  Wisdom, Laughter & Lines – Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott

14.  Still Got That Hunger – The Zombies


13.  Let’s Hear It For The Dogs – The Proclaimers

Proclaimers Dogs

12.  FFS – FFS


11.  A Comfortable Man – Cathal Smyth

Cathal Smyth

10.  Soroky – Andrew Wasylyk

Andrew Wasylyk Soroky

9.  So There – Ben Folds

Ben Folds So There

8.  Still – Richard Thompson


7.  Fast Forward – Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson Fast Forward

6.  Alone In The Universe – Jeff Lynne’s ELO


5.  Perpetual Motion People – Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman PMP

4.  I Love You, Honeybear – Father John Misty

Father John Misty Honeybear

3.  Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends) – Pugwash

Pugwash Play

2.  Cradle To The Grave – Squeeze

Squeeze Cradle

1.  Heart Map Rubric – The Fiction Aisle

Fiction Aisle Heart Map Rubric

…and that’s it.  My personal picks for 2015.  Thanks for reading and, hopefully, this will inspire a few people to check out some of the favourites listed here.  If you want the music to continue, make sure you support the artists!

Wishing you all a happy, music-filled 2016!


About A.D.S.

You are reading the musings of a music-obsessed forty-something who was brought up on The Beatles, lived through Britpop and now spends his time in pursuit of the best music around. This 'blog gives me an outlet to write about the huge number of albums I buy and the many gigs I go to. All of the opinions expressed are my own and if you don't agree with me, then I understand - music is a very personal thing. I like to receive comments, especially if they're nice ones.
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