15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2015 - Rolling Stone
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15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2015

These albums may not have burned through your playlists in 2015, but at least one Rolling Stone editor or contributor thinks it should've. 

15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2015

Chelsea Wolfe, ‘Abyss’

Like P.J. Harvey trading her red vamp dress for black or Lorde trying out pure heroin, downer-rock chanteuse Chelsea Wolfe went darker and more depressive on album number five – but she also got slinkier and sexier. If her previous records were grey days, moody but ultimately monotonous, Abyss saw the storm clouds finally break and electricity scratch the sky. Ebb-and-explode epics like "After the Fall" and "Maw" display a welcomed new sense of dynamics, while Wolfe's long-simmering flirtation with metal becomes a full-on suicide-pact romance on the beautifully doomed-out "Iron Moon" and "Dragged Out." Her vocals, too, bleed more vividly: On Abyss, Wolfe is more willing to cry, scream and soar – and as a result, so her listeners with her. Brandon Geist

15 Great Albums You Didn't Hear in 2015

Young Greatness, ‘I Tried to Tell Em’

First off: Best name. Best title. Best yearning, poignant, fingersnapping Atlanta trap single of 2015 not by an ATLien – "Moolah" – about whippin' work in the kitchen to support your dreams (producer, Jazze Pha). The most charged New Orleans rapper post-Weezy, Teddy "Young Greatness" Jones is a child of the Katrina-ravaged 7th Ward, hence a Houston exile, and in related news, a former Louisiana Department of Corrections guest. Released via Migos' Quality Control, his mixtape is a bold flex of lyrical vigor, all mesmerizing bluntness and hunger, the cohesive, refined sound of a dude with no choices left who knows he's gotta pack every 16 with a resonant hook, flow and undeniable heat. So that's what he does, over 18 tracks, very few misfires, very much aspiring greatness. Charles Aaron

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