It’s fair to say that 2015 has been a pretty bleak year, all things considered. But as a silver lining, at least the music has been pretty damn good. Here’s the list of my top 20 albums of the year, comprising bands from across the musical spectrum, including a couple of genuine masterpieces.
Dr Dre – Compton
Sixteen years after the release of The Chronic 2001, the legendary Dr. Dre returned with his third and (apparently) final solo record. In truth, though it’s Dre’s name on the cover, Compton is most effective as a showcase for a variety of great rappers both past and present, with Dre curating a line-up that includes everyone from veteran megastars (Ice Cube, Eminem) to contemporary men-of-the-hour (Kendrick Lamar) to relative unknowns (King Mez, Anderson Paak). It’s a ceremonial passing of the torch, and if this to be his final record it leaves his extraordinary legacy well intact. Continue reading “The Top 20 Albums of 2015”