Libertines

MAGNET’s #7 Album Of 2015: The Libertines’ “Anthems For Doomed Youth”

That the Libertines—returning to the spotlight after imploding more than a decade ago—managed to record a new album, let alone
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SufjanStevens

MAGNET’s #8 Album Of 2015: Sufjan Stevens’ “Carrie & Lowell”

After a decade and a half of holding it down as indie’s resident maximalist (try finding a review of Illinois
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Deafheaven

MAGNET’s #9 Album Of 2015: Deafheaven’s “New Bermuda”

Deafheaven is by no means the first metal band to combine the delicate and the brutal, but by god, the
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CarlyRaeJepsen

MAGNET’s #10 Album Of 2015: Carly Rae Jepsen’s “E*MO*TION”

Let’s be real: You are dead inside. You have been since the first Bush administration. You are a callous, unfeeling
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Low

MAGNET’s #11 Album Of 2015: Low’s “Ones And Sixes”

"Gentle... quiet... careful... measured... stable..." The ambiguous string of adjectives that opens Low’s 11th album reads like a decidedly facile
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SleaterKinney

MAGNET’s #12 Album Of 2015: Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities To Love”

Sleater-Kinney did everything right with its comeback album, the trio’s first since 2005’s The Woods. Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and
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RickedWicky

MAGNET’s #13 Album Of 2015: Ricked Wicky’s “Swimmer To A Liquid Armchair”

Not that there’s anything wrong with Robert Pollard’s solo LPs, but his band-centric collaborations seem to invigorate him, and working
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JimORourke

MAGNET’s #14 Album Of 2015: Jim O’Rourke’s “Simple Songs”

In a recent interview with BOMB magazine, Jim O’Rourke recalled having to justify to his father his habit of rewatching
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Blur

MAGNET’s #15 Album Of 2015: Blur’s “The Magic Whip”

Despite having reformed six years ago to play occasional live gigs, the prospect of an entire album’s worth of new
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RichardHawley

MAGNET’s #16 Album Of 2015: Richard Hawley’s “Hollow Meadows”

I’ve spent a lot of time in the U.K. over the years, but I’ve never been to Sheffield. Having also
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ScreamingFemales

MAGNET’s #17 Album Of 2015: Screaming Females’ “Rose Mountain”

In the wild—that is, onstage, their preferred habitat—Screaming Females are a force of nature. Driven by Marissa Paternoster’s intimidating guitar
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Destroyer

MAGNET’s #18 Album Of 2015: Destroyer’s “Poison Season”

Dan Bejar has evolved from being a cranky, brilliant word guy to a sophisticated, brilliant bandleader, and the ch-ch-changes have
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Godspeed

MAGNET’s #19 Album Of 2015: Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s “Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress”

The reason Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress is one of the best albums of 2015 begins three minutes and 15
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MegBaird

MAGNET’s #20 Album Of 2015: Meg Baird’s “Don’t Weigh Down The Light”

I'd like to tell you how good the words are on Don’t Weigh Down The Light. After all, both on
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KurtVile1

MAGNET’s #21 Album Of 2015: Kurt Vile’s “b’lieve i’m goin down…”

No one calls Steve Miller the space cowboy, but they might say it about Kurt Vile. His midnight rambles on
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Bjork

MAGNET’s #22 Album Of 2015: Björk’s “Vulnicura”

Divorce albums are not rare. Dylan, Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, George Jones and Tammy Wynette (separately), and Richard and
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BelleAndSebastian

MAGNET’s #23 Album Of 2015: Belle And Sebastian’s “Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance”

There’s a devout sect of Belle And Sebastian devotees who still feel betrayed by the departure of founding members Stuart
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JasonIsbell

MAGNET’s #24 Album Of 2015: Jason Isbell’s “Something More Than Free”

Jason Isbell’s fifth solo album—and his second since kicking booze—has the bones of a fairly conventional singer/ songwriter outing. It’s
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