The 25 Best Albums of 2015 So Far

The music of 2015 has been marked, at least so far, by its need to speak from the soul. Though this may sound broad enough to apply to any year’s cultural agenda should you slice it the right way, many of this year’s best albums have expressed the self through bold vulnerability.

There’s the intense: Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples’ soulful rage against systemic oppression, Sufjan Stevens’ most personal album ever, Jenny Hval and Torres’ deep-cutting explorations of identity, Father John Misty’s wild trip through the ego and back. And then there’s the candid: Colleen Green trying to act her age, Courtney Barnett making peace with less than perfection, Miguel trying to “fuck like we’re filming in the Valley.” All make for must-hear listens.