Music Tracking 2015

These are 2015 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note (usually taken from AMG).

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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  • RC: Robert Christgau's Expert Witness: letter grades, 1-2-3 * for HMs

New Releases

  • !!!: As If (Warp) [10-16] - alt dance
  • 2 Chainz: TrapAVelli Tre (self-released) [08-13] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:66
  • 2PM: No 5 (JYP) [06-14] - -- B:80
  • 5 Seconds of Summer: Sounds Good Feels Good (Capitol/Hi or Hey) [10-23] - teen pop -- BB:60
  • 6 String Drag: Roots Rock 'n' Roll (Royal Potato Family) [02-10] - alt/indie rock
  • 9 Horses: Perfectest Herald (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wooden Bag (Other Music) [01-13]
  • 79rs Gang: Fiyo on the Bayou (Sinking City) [A-]
  • 10,000 Maniacs: Twice Told Tales (Cleopatra) [04-28] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla: Kirkastus (TUM) [10-16] - jazz [***]
  • Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet [RAAQ]: Intents and Purposes (Enja) [02-10] - jazz -- PM:80 [*]
  • Joshua Abrams: Magnetoception (Eremite) - jazz
  • Acne/Ears: The Roadside Graves (Don Giovanni) - -- Pf:69
  • Active Child: Mercy (Vagrant) [06-16] - art pop -- DS:50, P:83, Pf:64
  • Beegie Adair/Don Aliquo: Too Marvelous for Words (Adair Music Group) [09-04] - jazz [A-]
  • Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & the New York Crew (Urban Zone) [05-01] - vocal jazz [***]
  • John Adams/San Francisco Symphony/Michael Tilson Thomas: Absolute Jest/Grand Pianola Music (SFS) [08-28] - orchestral [**]
  • Ryan Adams: Live at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note) - -- MT:D+
  • Ryan Adams: 1989 (Pax-Am) [09-21] - alt country-rock -- MT:B-
  • Terry Adams: Talk Thelonious (Clang)
  • Adamski: Revolt (Future Waltz) [03-03] - club/dance
  • Adele: 25 (XL) [11-20] - pop
  • Advance Base: Nephew in the Wild (Orindal/Tomlab) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • The Advisory Circle: From Out Here (Ghost Box) - -- Pf:70
  • Aero Flynn: Aero Flynn (Ooh La La) [03-10] - -- CS:75
  • Africa Express: Africa Express Presents . . . Terry Riley's In C Mali (Transgressive) [01-26] - international -- Pf:81, RS:70; MT:A- [***]
  • Against Me!: 23 Live Sex Acts (Universal) [09-04] - alt/indie rock
  • Johan Agebjörn: Notes (Paper Bag) [02-10] - alt dance
  • Agnostic Front: The American Dream Died (Nuclear Blast) [04-07] - heavy metal
  • Aguanko: Invisible (Aguanko Music) - jazz [**]
  • Air Waves: Parting Glances (Western Vinyl) - -- Pf:67
  • Airbird & Napolian: Mr Foolish (Cascine) [11-13] - indie electronic
  • The Airborne Toxic Event: Dope Machines (Epic) [02-24] - indie rock
  • Ajoyo: Ajoyo (Ropeadope) - jazz
  • Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO) [04-21] - American trad rock -- BB:80, P:84 [*]
  • Alaska Thunderfuck: Anus (Sidecar) [06-23] [A-]
  • Bob Albanese: Time Remembered (Mayimba) [10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Albare: Only Human (Alfi) [05-15] - jazz [**]
  • Ken Aldcroft & Scott Thomson: Red & Blue (Trio) - jazz
  • Alessio Alberghini/Garrison Fewell: Inverso (Floating Forest) [06-01] - jazz [**]
  • Susan Alcorn: Soledad (Relative Pitch) [04-07] - jazz
  • The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: 10 (Zoho) [08-07] - jazz [***]
  • Joey Alexander: My Favorite Things (Motema) [05-12] - jazz
  • Jovan Alexandre: Collective Consciousness (Xippi) [02-24] - jazz [**]
  • ERR: grade bad priority: Algiers: Algiers
  • Algiers: Algiers (Matador) [06-02] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [B]
  • Don Aliquo/The Clay Jenkins Quartet: New Ties and Binds (self-released) - jazz
  • All Dogs: Kicking Every Day (Salinas) [08-28] - alt singer/songwriter -- Pf:76
  • All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • All That Remains: The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) [02-24] - heavy metal
  • All Them Witches: Dying Surfer Meets His Maker (New West) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • All Time Low: Future Hearts (Hopeless) [04-07] - alt/indie rock
  • All We Are: All We Are (Domino) [02-03] - indie electronic -- Pf:57, S:70
  • Allas Genius: Inanimate Objects (Warner Bros) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Aimee Allen: Matter of Time (Azuline) [05-05] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Harry Allen and Friends: For George, Cole and Duke (Blue Heron) - jazz [***]
  • Harry Allen's All-Star Brazilian Band: Flying Over Rio (Arbors) - jazz [A-]
  • Harry Allen: Something About Jobim (Stunt) [11-13] - jazz [***]
  • JD Allen: Graffiti (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • Mose Allison: American Legend in California (City Hall) - jazz
  • Gregg Allman: Greg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (Rounder) [08-07] - album rock [***]
  • Karrin Allyson: Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein (Motema Music) - jazz
  • Goncalo Almeida: Monologues Under Sea Level (Cylinder) - jazz
  • Goncalo Almeida/Frisco Van Wijck: Dialogues, Quarrels & Other Conversations (Cylinder) - jazz
  • Goncalo Almeida/Tobias Klein/Martin van Duynhoven: Vibrate in Sympathy (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Scott Amendola/Henry Kaiser: Leaps (self-released) - jazz
  • Scott Amendola: Fade to Orange (Sazi) [06-06] - jazz [*]
  • Marc Almond: The Velvet Trail (Cherry Red) [03-09] - pop/rock -- PM:70
  • Aloa Input: Mars Etc (Morr Music) [03-17] - indie-pop
  • Alpaca Sports: When You Need Me the Most (Elefant) [10-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Altan: The Widening Gyre (Compass) [02-24] - -- PM:80
  • Barry Altschul & 3Dom Factor: Tales of the Unforeseen (TUM) [09-18] - jazz [A-]
  • Béatrice Alunni/Marc Peillon: Dance With Me (ITI) [01-13] - jazz [*]
  • Dave Alvin/Phil Alvin: Lost Time (Yep Roc) [09-18] - Americana [*]
  • Rodrigo Amado: This Is Our Language (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Ruby Amanfu: Standing Still (Rival & Co) [08-28] - contemporary singer/songwriter
  • Gabriel Amargant: And Now for Something Completely Different (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [A-]
  • The Amazing: Picture You (Partisan) [02-27] - neo-psychedelia -- CS:67, Pf:75, PM:70
  • Oren Ambarchi/Jim O'Rourke: Behold (Editions Mego) - -- Pf:76
  • Amen Dunes: Cowboy Worship (Sacred Bones, EP) [01-20] - indie folk -- Pf:69
  • American Aquarium: Wolves (Last Chance) [02-03] - -- PM:50
  • American Wrestlers: American Wrestlers (Fat Possum) [04-07] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Anamai: Sallows (Buzz) - -- Pf:71
  • Trey Anastasio: Paper Wheels (ATO/Rubber Jungle) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch) [10-23] - stage & screen -- RC:A+ [A-]
  • Ray Anderson's Organic Quartet: Being the Point (Intuition) [03-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Stephen Anderson/360° Jazz Initiative: Distracted Society (Summit) - jazz [**]
  • Anderson.Paak: The Anderson.Paak EP (BBMG, EP) [09-28] - -- HD:60, Pf:70
  • John Andrews & the Yawns: Bit by the Fang (Woodsist) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Dennis Angel: On Track (Timeless Grooves) [07-01] - jazz [B-]
  • Lotte Anker/Fred Frith: Edge of the Light (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Anonymous 4/Bruce Molsky: 1865: Songs of Hope & Home (Harmonia Mundi) [01-13] - traditional folk
  • Laurie Antonioli & Richie Beirach: Varuna (Origin) [09-18] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • The Apartments: No Song No Spell No Madrigal (Microcultures) [04-13]
  • Aphex Twin: Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments, Pt 2 (Warp, EP) [01-23] - experimental electronic -- DS:80, Pf:83, PM:60, RS:70, S:70; MT:B [**]
  • Gabrielle Aplin: Light Up the Dark () [09-18] - -- MO:80
  • Apprentice Destroyer: Glass Ceiling Universe (Castle Face) [10-09] - instrumental rock
  • Aqualung: 10 Futures (BMG) [01-19] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Luca Aquino: OverDoors (Tuk Music) - jazz
  • Arca: Mutant (Mute) [11-20] -
  • Archive: Restriction (PIAS) [01-12] - alt/indie rock
  • The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily (Nonesuch) [09-04] - indie rock
  • Gene Argel: Luminescent (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [**]
  • Ferdinando Argenti Trio: Live at the Sahara (Ferdi's Music) - jazz
  • Julian Arguelles: Let It Be Told (Basho) [04-27] - [***]
  • Julian rguelles: Tetra (Whirlwind) [19-16] - [***]
  • Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm: Collaborative Works (Erased Tapes) [10-30] -
  • Arthur's Landing: Second Thoughts (Buddhist Army) [06-02] - alt dance
  • Christian Artmann: Fields of Pannonia (self-released) [04-07] - jazz [*]
  • As It Is: Never Happy, Ever After (Fearless) [04-21] - punk-pop
  • Takeshi Asai: French Trio Vol 2 (De Trois Cites) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • ASAP Rocky: At.Long.Last.ASAP (Polo Grounds/RCA) [05-26] - rap -- BB:80, HD:80 [**]
  • Ascension: The Dead of the World (Season of Mist) - -- Pf:70, S:60
  • Ash: Kablammo! (Atomic Heart) [05-25] - -- DS:60, MO:80, PM:70
  • Astronauts, Etc.: Mind Out Wandering (Hit City USA) [09-18] - -- P:85
  • Atari Teenage Riot: Reset (Digital Hardcore) [02-09] - pop/rock
  • Felicia Atkinson: A Readymade Ceremony (Shelter Press) - -- Pf:77
  • Atomic: Lucidity (Jazzland) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • The Atomic Bitchwax: Gravitron (Tee Pee) [04-21] - alt metal
  • Hamir Atwal/Ben Goldberg: Clarinet and Drums (self-released) - jazz
  • Au Ra: Jane's Lament (Felte) [03-03] - indie rock
  • August Burns Red: Found in Far Away Places (Fearless) [07-03] - doom metal
  • Jeff Austin: The Simple Truth (Yep Roc) [02-10] - progressive bluegrass
  • Tiffany Austin: Nothing but Soul (Con Alma) [06-02] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Autobahn: Dissemble (Tough Love) [08-21] - post-punk
  • Autre Ne Veut: Age of Transparency (Downtown) [10-02] - alt/indie rock -- P:80
  • An Autumn for Crippled Children: The Long Goodbye (Wicker Man) - -- Pf:74
  • Ava Luna: Infinite House (Western Vinyl) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Seth Avett/Jessica Lea Mayfield: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith (Ramseur) [03-17] - -- Pf:54, RS:60
  • Avicii: Stories (Virgin/EMI) [10-02] - EDM -- BB:60
  • Asaf Avidan: Gold Shadow (Universal) [02-03] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Audio One: What Thomas Bernhard Saw (Audiographic) [12-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Awolnation: Run (Red Bull) [03-17] - alt/indie rock -- BB:60, RS:50
  • Axis: Sova: Early Surf (Drag City/God?) [02-27] - neo-psychedelia -- Pf:66
  • Ab Baars Trio: Slate Blue (Wig) [02-00] - free jazz [***]
  • Ab Baars Trio & NY Guests: Invisible Blow (Wig) [02-00] - free jazz [B]
  • Baba Commandant and Mandingo Band: Juguya (Sublime Frequencies) [03-03] - world
  • Babyface: Return of the Tender Lover (Def Jam) [12-04] - adult r&b
  • Kevin Bachelder/Jason Lee Bruns: Cherry Avenue (Panout Music Group) [05-26] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Daniel Bachman: River (Three Lobed) [05-19] - acoustic blues
  • Bad Bad Hats: Psychic Reader (Afternoon) [07-17] - -- P:90, Pf:69
  • Bad Guys: Bad Guynaecology (Riot Season) [03-16] - -- DS:70
  • The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman: The Bad Plus/Joshua Redman (Nonesuch) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Joey Badass: B4.DA.$$ (Cinematic Music Group) [01-20] - rap -- AV:75, CS:83, HD:80, Pf:70, PM:80, RS:60, S:50 [***]
  • Boosie Badazz: Touch Down 2 Cause Hell (Atlantic) [05-26] - hip-hop -- BB:70, HD:80, Pf:74, S:70
  • BadBadNotGood/Ghostface Killah: Sour Soul (Lex) [02-24] - east coast rap -- BB:80, CS:67, DS:90, HD:70, P:80, Pf:62, PM:60 [A-]
  • Priscilla Badhwar: Mademoiselle (self-released) [05-26] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Erykah Badu: But You Caint Use My Phone (Motown) [11-27] [A-]
  • Dmitry Baevsky: Over and Out (Jazz Family) - jazz [A-]
  • Meg Baird: Don't Weigh Down the Light (Drag City) [06-23] - folk -- DS:70, MO:80, Pf:71
  • Aram Bajakian: Music Inspired by the Color of Pomegranates (self-released) [11-10] - jazz
  • Julien Baker: Sprained Ankle (6131) [10-23] [*]
  • Juan Pablo Balcazar: Reversible (Fresh Sound New Talent) [03-00] - jazz [**]
  • Adam Baldych & Helge Lien Trio: Bridges (ACT) [08-28] - jazz [***]
  • The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul (Piranha) [02-24] - -- PM:80
  • Ballister: Worse for the Wear (Aerophonic) [01-06] - free jazz [***]
  • Dan Ballou: Solo Trumpet (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Baloni: Ripples (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • Baltazanis: End of Seas (self-released) [07-28] - jazz [*]
  • Bambi Pang Pang Featuring Andrew Cyrille: Drop Your Plans (El Negocito) - jazz
  • Banda De Los Muertos: Banda De Los Muertos (Barbes) - jazz
  • Lee Bannon: Pattern of Excel (Ninja Tune) [07-10] - experimental ambient
  • Carl Barat & the Jackals: Let It Reign (Cooking Vinyl) [02-17] - alt/indie rock -- CS:50, PM:70
  • Bobby Bare Jr: Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost) [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Bloodshot) [***]
  • Sara Bareilles: What's Inside: Songs From Waitress (Epic) [singer/songwriter]
  • Barenaked Ladies: Silverball (Vanguard) [06-02] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Lou Barlow: Brace the Wave (Joyful Noise) - -- Pf:71; MT:B-
  • Mahalia Barnes & the Soul Mates: Ooh Yea! The Betty Davis Songbook (J&R Adventures) [02-24] - -- PM:80
  • Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop Music) [03-24] - alt singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:75, P:90, PM:90, RS:90, S:90; RC:A [A-]
  • Mike Barone Big Band: La Fiesta (Rhubarb) - jazz
  • Stacy Barthe: BEcoming (Motown) [07-10] - contemporary r&b
  • Tom Barton & Diego Villalta: Connections (Bartone Music) - jazz
  • Julio Bashmore: Knockin' Boots (Boardwalk) [08-07] - house -- Pf:80
  • John Basile: Penny Lane (StringTime Jazz) [08-07] - jazz [B]
  • Dave Bass: NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound) [02-00] - jazz [*]
  • Bastet: Eye of Ra (self-released) [05-26] - jazz [B]
  • Bathysphere: Bathysphere (Driff) - jazz [**]
  • Stefano Battaglia Trio: In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder (ECM) [08-28] - jazz [***]
  • Batteries: Batteries (Do Yourself In) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Battlecross: Rise to Power (Metal Blade) [08-21] - death metal
  • Battles: La Di Da Di (Warp) [09-18] - math rock -- MO:80, P:83 [***]
  • Rayland Baxter: Imaginary Man (ATO) [08-14] - alt/indie rock
  • James Bay: Chaos and the Calm (Virgin EMI) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Alan Baylock Jazz Orchestra: Prime Time (self-released) - jazz
  • BC Camplight: How to Die in the North (Bella Union) [01-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Be: Hipnotony (Sweet Sticky) [09-04]
  • Beach House: Depression Cherry (Sub Pop) [08-28] - indie rock -- MT:B- [B]
  • Beach House: Thank Your Lucky Stars (Sub Pop) [10-30] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Beach Slang: The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us (Polyvinyl) [10-30] - alt rock -- AV:91, CS:58, P:88, Pf:80, RS:70, S:70 [B]
  • Willie Earl Beal: Noctunes (Tender Loving Empire) [08-28] - alt singer/songwriter -- Pf:57
  • Beat Connection: Product 3 (Anti) [10-23] - indie electronic
  • Beat Funktion: Olympus (DO Music) [06-02] - pop jazz [B]
  • Beat Spacek: Modern Streets (Ninja Tune) [01-26] - left-field hip-hop -- Pf:67
  • The Beautiful Bodies: Battles (Epitaph) [07-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Beauty School: Residual Ugly (Humbler) [01-02] - jazz [*]
  • Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin (self-released) [06-05] - vocal jazz
  • Bob Belden's Animation: Machine Language (Rare Noise) [09-25] - jazz [B]
  • Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (Matador) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, BB:80, DS:80, CS:58, Pf:66, PM:70, RS:60, S:70; MT:* [*]
  • Louie Belogenis: Blue Buddha (Tzadik) [08-00] - jazz [***]
  • Beirut: No No No (4AD) [09-11] - indie rock -- Pf:67
  • Daniel Bennett Group: The Mystery at Clown Castle (Manhattan Daylight) - jazz [*]
  • Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern (Columbia) [09-25] - jazz [*]
  • Alan Benzie Trio: Traveller's Tales (self-released) - jazz
  • Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke: Moon (NoBusiness, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Thomas Bergeron: Sacred Feast (self-released) [05-12] - jazz [C+]
  • Jerry Bergonzi: Rigamaroll (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • David Berkman: Old Friends and New Friends (Palmetto) [05-05] - jazz [**]
  • Josh Berman Trio: A Dance and a Hop (Delmark) [09-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (ECM) [04-14] - jazz [***]
  • Randy Bernsen: Grace Notes (Jericho Jams) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • Steven Bernstein/Paolo Fresu/Gianluca Petrella/Marcus Rojas: Brass Bang! (Bonsaï Music) - jazz [*]
  • Best Coast: California Nights (Harvest) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- BB:70; MT:B [*]
  • Best Friends: Hot Reckless Totally Insane (Fat Cat) [07-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Best Girl Athlete: Carve Every Word (Minty Fresh) - alt/indie rock
  • Better Than TV: Late (self-released) - jazz
  • Between the Buried and Me: Coma Ecliptic (Metal Blade) [07-10] - heavy metal
  • Jens-Uwe Beyer: The Emissary (Kompakt) - -- Pf:68
  • Bhi Bhiman: Rhythm & Reason (Boocoo Music) [05-19]
  • Pat Bianchi Trio: A Higher Standard (21-H) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Justin Bieber: Purpose (Def Jam) [11-13] - pop [B]
  • Big Data: 2.0 (Warner Bros) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Big Grams: Big Grams (Epic) [09-25] - -- CS:75, HD:60, Pf:64, RS:40
  • Big KRIT: It's Better This Way (Def Jam) [10-14] - hip hop -- CS:58, HD:80 [*]
  • Big Noble: First Light (Affiliates Sound) - -- Pf:60
  • Big Sean: Dark Sky Paradise (Def Jam) [02-24] - rap -- BB:80, CS:75, HD:80, Pf:71, RS:60, S:60
  • Bilal: In Another Life (E1) [07-03] - alt r&b -- HD:70 [**]
  • Billabong Island Sound: Spring Baby (self-released) - jazz
  • Bing & Ruth: City Lake (RVNG Intl) [11-13] - post-rock
  • Ryan Bingham: Fear and Saturday Night (Azater Bingham) [01-20] - alt country/rock -- PM:80
  • Luciano Biondini: Senza Fine (Intakt) - jazz [*]
  • Nat Birchall: Invocations (Jazzman) - jazz [A-]
  • The Bird and the Bee: Recreational Love (Rostrum) [07-17] - alt/indie rock
  • Birmingham Jazz Orchestra: Burns (self-released) - jazz
  • Bis: I Love Bis (Do Yourself In) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • June Bisantz: It's Always You: June Bisantz Sings Chet Baker Vol 2 (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Signe Bisgaard: Meander (Finland Studio) - jazz
  • Andrew Bishop: De Profundis (Envoi) - jazz [***]
  • Sir Richard Bishop: Tangier Sessions (Drag City) [02-16] - pop/rock -- DS:80, Pf:75, PM:40
  • Bishop Nehru: Nehruvia: The Nehruvian EP (Mass Appeal, EP) [05-11] - -- HD:80
  • Michael Bisio: Accortet (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Bitchin Bajas: Automaginary (Drag City) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Bizingas: Eggs Up High (NCM East) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Bjork: Vulnicura (One Little Indian) [01-20] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:91, DS:80, MO:90, P:86, Pf:86, PM:80, RS:80, S:80; MT:C- [B-]
  • Raoul Bjorkenheim/Ecstasy: Out of the Blue (Cuneiform) - jazz [***]
  • Black Cilice: Mysteries (Iron Bonehead) - -- Pf:80, S:80
  • Black Rivers: Black Rivers (Ignition) [02-09] - -- DS:80
  • Black Ryder: The Door Behind the Door (The Anti-Machine Machine) [02-24] - indie rock -- Pf:60, PM:50
  • Black Yaya: Black Yaya (City Slang) [03-02] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Blackalicious: Imani Vol 1 (OGM) [09-18] - hip-hop -- Pf:72 [A-]
  • Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses (New Rounder) [02-10] - rock & roll -- PM:60
  • Blacklisters [BLKLSTRS]: Adult (Handshake) [09-18] - -- DS:90, PM:60
  • James Blackshaw: Summoning Suns (Important) [03-31] - indie folk -- Pf:79
  • Blaer: Blaer (Morpheus) - jazz
  • Norman Blake: Wood, Fire & Words (Plectratone) [01-20] - neo-trad folk -- PM:70
  • Ran Blake: Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (A-Side) [06-16] - jazz
  • Terence Blanchard: Breathless (Blue Note) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Blanck Mass: Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones) [05-12] - experimental [***]
  • Blancmange: Semi Detached (Cherry Red) [03-31] - synth pop
  • Mykki Blanco/Various Artists: Mykki Blanco Presents C-CORE (!K7/Dogfood) - -- Pf:70
  • Blank Realm: Illegals in Heaven (Fire/Bedroom Suck) [09-04] - indie rock -- DS:90
  • Blind Guardian: Beyond the Red Mirror (Nuclear Blast) [01-27] - power metal
  • Blitzen Trapper: All Across This Land () [10-02] - folk rock -- P:82
  • Jaap Blonk: August Ananke (Kontrans) [02-00] - jazz
  • Kath Bloom: Pass Through Here (Chapter Music) [02-10] - alt folk
  • Blue Muse: Blue Muse Live (Dolphinium) [11-27] - jazz [B]
  • Blues Evolution: Inspired (self-released) - blues
  • Blues Traveler: Blow Up the Moon (Loud & Proud) [04-07] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Loved Wild Lost (Little Sur) [04-21] - alt singer/songwriter -- P:83 [**]
  • Michael Blum/Jim Stinnett: Commitment (self-released) [06-23] - jazz [*]
  • Tal Blumenstein Trio: New York-Tel Aviv (The Bunker Studio) - jazz
  • Blur: The Magic Whip (Parlophone/Warner) [04-28] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, DS:80, P:81; MT:C+ [**]
  • BoB: Psycadelik Thoughtz (Atlantic) [08-14] - hip hop -- HD:50
  • BodaBodaDuo & Peter Brotzmann: Modern Persuasion (Tyrfing) - jazz
  • Boduf Songs: Stench of Exist (Flenser) [01-27] - post-rock
  • The Body/Thou: You, Whom I Have Always Hated/Released From Love (Thrill Jockey) [01-27] - heavy metal -- Pf:76, PM:90, S:80
  • Pascal Bokar: Guitar Balafonics (Sugo) - jazz
  • Marco Bolfelli Trio: Streamflow (Birdland) - jazz
  • Bomba Estereo: Amanecer (Sony Latin) [06-02] - cumbia [***]
  • Bombadil: Hold On (Ramseur) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Bon Jovi: Burning Bridges (Island) [08-21] - pop/rock
  • Boof: The Hydrangeas Whisper (Running Back) [06-08]
  • Boogarins: Manual (Other Music) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Boots: Aquaria (Columbia) [11-13] - alt r&b
  • Bop English: Constant Bop (Blood & Biscuits) [04-14] - -- DS:80
  • Born Ruffians: Ruff (Yep Roc) [10-02] - alt/indie rock
  • The Bottle Rockets: South Broadway Athletic Club (Bloodshot) - -- RC:A- [***]
  • Bryan Bowman: Like Minds (self-released) - jazz
  • Boxed In: Boxed In (Nettwerk) [01-20] - alt dance
  • Boxhead Ensemble: La Hora Magica (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Boytoy: Grackle (Papercup Music) [10-02] - garage rock [***]
  • Michiel Braam/Bo van de Graaf Olanda in Due: Live at Novara Jazz Italy 2015 (Icdisc) [10-01] - jazz
  • Don Braden: Luminosity (Creative Perspective Music) [09-15] - jazz [*]
  • Geof Bradfield Quintet: Our Roots (Origin) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Bobby Bradford-Frode Gjerstad Quartet: The Delaware River (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Braids: Deep in the Iris (Arbutus) [04-28] - indie electronic -- DS:90, P:87
  • Brainticket: Past Present & Future (Cleopatra)
  • Andre Bratten: Gode (Smalltown Supersound) [11-13] - experimental techno
  • Tyondai Braxton: Hive1 (Nonesuch) [05-12] - experimental
  • Breakfast in Fur: Flyaway Garden (Bar/None) [02-03] - dream pop -- Pf:76 [*]
  • Joshua Breakstone: 2nd Avenue (Capri) [05-21] - jazz [*]
  • Randy Brecker: Randy Pop: Live (Piloo) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • Randy Brecker with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Dearborn Station (Jazzed Media) [02-10] - jazz
  • Randy Brecker/Bobby Shew/Jan Hasenohrl: Trumpet Summit Prague (Summit) [05-12] - jazz [B]
  • Jonathan Bree: A Little Night Music (Lil' Chief) [10-23] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Travis Bretzer: Waxing Romantic (Mexican Summer) [02-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Olie Brice/Tobias Delius/Mark Sanders: Somersaults (Two Rivers) - jazz
  • Jeff Bridges: Sleeping Tapes (self-released) [01-28] - -- CS:67, Pf:78
  • Leon Bridges: Coming Home (Columbia) [06-23] - soul -- CS:75, P:95, Pf:70, PM:80, RS:70, S:70 [*]
  • Dee Dee Bridgewater: Dee Dee's Feathers (Okeh) [08-14] - jazz [**]
  • The Bright Light Social Hour: Space Is Still the Place (Frenchkiss) [03-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Bring Me the Horizon: That's the Spirit (Columbia) [09-11] - post hardcore
  • Thomas Brinkmann: What You Hear (Is What You Hear) (Editions Mego)
  • British Sea Power: Sea of Brass (Golden Chariot) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Federico Britos: Hot Club of the Americas (self-released) - jazz
  • Jakob Bro: Gefion (ECM) [03-17] - modern creative [**]
  • Jakob Bro: Hymnotic/Salmodisk (Loveland) - jazz
  • Heather Woods Broderick: Glider (Western Vinyl) [07-10] - singer/songwriter -- DS:90, P:68, Pf:66
  • Peter Broderick: Colours of the Night () [04-28]
  • Brodinski: Brava (Parlophone) [03-03] - alt dance -- BB:80, PM:40
  • Action Bronson: Mr Wonderful (Atlantic/Vice) [03-23] - underground rap -- BB;80, CS:75, HD:80, RS:70, S:80 [***]
  • Tom Brosseau: Perfect Abandon (Tin Angel) [03-03] - alt singer/songwriter -- Pf:70
  • Brothers of the Sonic Cloth: Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (Neurot) [02-17] - heavy metal -- DS:80
  • Peter Brotzmann/Peeter Uuskyla: Red Cloud on Silver (Omlott) [02-01] - jazz [**]
  • Peter Brotzmann/Jason Adasiewicz: Mollie's in the Mood (Bro) [01-06] - jazz
  • Peter Brotzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke: Two City Blues 1 (Trost) - jazz
  • Peter Brotzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke: Two City Blues 2 (Trost) - jazz
  • Peter Brotzmann: Munster Bern (Cubus) - jazz
  • Peter Brötzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love: Krakow Nights (Not Two) - jazz [***]
  • Andy Brown: Soloist (Delmark) [01-27] - guitar jazz [*]
  • Chris Brown & Tyga: Fan of a Fan: The Album (RCA) [02-24] - pop-rap -- HD:60, RS:50
  • Findlay Brown: Slow Light (Dead People's Choice) [09-04] - -- MO:80
  • Zac Brown Band: Jekyl + Hyde (Republic) [04-28] - country -- BB:70
  • The Dan Brubeck Quartet: Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave & Iola Brubeck (Blue Forest, 2CD) [04-28] - jazz [***]
  • Ane Brun: When I'm Free (Baloon Ranger) [09-04] - -- MO:80
  • Luke Bryan: Spring Break . . . Checkin' Out (Capitol Nashville, EP) [03-10] - country -- RS:60
  • Luke Bryan: Kill the Lights (Capitol Nashville) [08-07] - country -- BB:70
  • A Bu Trio: 88 Tones of Black and White (Blujazz) [05-25] - jazz [*]
  • Jakob Buchanan: Requiem (self-released) - jazz
  • Richard Buckner: The Hill (Merge) [07-10] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Joe Budden: All Love Lost (eOne) [10-09] - east coast rap -- HD:70
  • Dewa Budjana: Hasta Karma (Moonjune) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Maureen Budway: Sweet Candor (MCG Jazz) [01-27] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Sarah Buechi: Shadow Garden (Intakt) - jazz [***]
  • Built to Spill: Untethered Moon (Warner Bros) [04-21] - indie rock -- S:70 [*]
  • Ido Bukelman/Nadav Masel/Nir Sabag: Hanut Trio (Out Now) - jazz
  • Ido Bukelman/Nadav Masel: Ground Birds (Out Now) - jazz
  • Katie Bull: All Hot Bodies Radiate (Ashokan Indie) [11-10] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Bullet for My Valentine: Venom (RCA) [08-14] - heavy metal
  • Bully: Feels Like (Startime International/Columbia) [06-23] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:75, P:92, Pf:78, PM:70, RS:70, S:80 [A-]
  • Burnt Ones/The Space Lady: The Space Lady & Burnt Ones (Castle Face) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Dave Burrell/Garrison Fewell: New Earth (Creative Nation Music) - jazz
  • Art "Turk" Burton and Congo Square: Spirits: Then & Now (ATB) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun (Buzz Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • John Butcher/Andy Moor: Experiments With a Leaf (Unsounds) - jazz
  • John Butcher/Gino Robair: Bottle Breaking Heart Leap (Alt Vinyl) - jazz
  • Will Butler: Policy (Merge) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:58, Pf:66, PM:60, RS:60, S:80 [**]
  • Buxton: Half a Native (New West) [03-03] - alt-country
  • C418: Minecraft Volume Alpha (Ghostly International) [08-21] - video game music
  • George Cables: In Good Company (HighNote) - jazz
  • Cactus Truck: Seizures Palace (Tracanta/Not Two) [02-00] - jazz
  • Michael Cain: Sola (self-released) - jazz
  • Caina: Setter of Unseen Snares (Broken Limbs) - black metal -- Pf:78
  • The Cairo Gang: Goes Missing (Drag City) [06-25]
  • Alex Calder: Strange Dreams (Captured Tracks) [01-20] - indie pop
  • Kathryn Calder: Kathryn Calder (File Under: Music) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Joey Calderazzo: Going Home (Sunnyside) [03-31] - piano jazz [**]
  • Calexico: Edge of the Sun (Anti) [04-14] - indie rock -- DS:80
  • California X: Nights in the Dark (Don Giovanni) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- CS:75, Pf:69
  • Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas (MCG Jazz) [10-09] - Christmas
  • Martin Callingham: Tonight We All Swim Free (Folkwit) [02-16] - -- PM:50
  • Cam: Welcome to Cam Country (Arista Nashville, EP) [03-31] - [B]
  • Cam: Untamed (Arista Nashville) [12-11] - countr [**]
  • Xavier Camarasa/Valentin Ceccaldi/Sylvain Darrifourq: Shapin' With Milesdavisquintet (Becoq) - jazz
  • Camera Shy: Camera Shy (Run for Cover) [07-17] - alt/indie rock
  • Joao Camoes/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Miguel Mira: Earnear (Tour de Bras) - jazz [**]
  • Joao Camoes/Jean-Marc Foussat/Claude Parle: Bien Mental (Fou) - jazz [***]
  • Camp Lo: Ragtime Hightimes (Nature Sounds) [05-18] - -- HD:60
  • Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me [Soundtrack] (Big Machine) [02-17] - soundtracks
  • Mike Campbell: Close Enough for Love (ITI) [01-20] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Cancer Bats: Searching for Zero (Metal Blade) [03-10] - heavy metal
  • Cannibal Ox: Blade of the Ronin (IGC) [03-03] - rap -- CS:67, HD:70, Pf:67, S:80 [***]
  • Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: A Year With 13 Moons (Mexican Summer) [02-10] - experimental rock -- Pf:76
  • Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou) [12-00] - jazz [**]
  • Capsule: Waverunner () [02-18] - -- PM:60
  • Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style (Matador) [10-30] - indie rock -- CS:67, MO:100, Pf:81 [B]
  • Alessia Cara: Four Pink Walls (Def Jam, EP) - -- Pf:66
  • Alessia Cara: Know-It-All (Def Jam) [11-13] - -- BB:80
  • Harley Card: Hedgerow (self-released) [02-10] - jazz [B]
  • Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy: Sintetizzatrice (Spectrum Spools)
  • S Carey: Supermoon (Jagjaguwar) [02-27] - indie pop -- Pf:48
  • Juan Pablo Carletti/Tony Malaby/Christopher Hoffman: Nino/Brujo (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO) [03-03] - adult alt pop/rock [***]
  • Vanessa Carlton: Liberman (Dine Alone) [10-23] - singer/songwriter
  • John Carpenter: Lost Themes (Sacred Bones) [01-27] - experimental rock -- CS:75, Pf:76, PM:70, RS:50
  • Kenny Carr: Idle Talk (self-released) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Kenny Carr: Exit Moon (Zoozazz Music) [11-26] - jazz
  • Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert: Io (FMR) - jazz [***]
  • Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur: Unknowable (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Francois Carrier/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing (FMR) - jazz
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul (Concord) [08-07] - adult contemporary r&b
  • Brett Carson: Quattuor Elephantis (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [B]
  • Daniel Carter/Federico Ughi: Extra Room (577) - jazz
  • Carter Tutti: Carter Tutti Plays Chris & Cosey (CTI) [03-03] - electronic -- Pf:70
  • Carter Tutti Void: F(x) (Industrial) [09-11] - [***]
  • Hugo Carvalhais: Grand Valis (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Marc Cary: Rhodes Ahead Vol 2 (Motema) [03-17] - jazz
  • Casa: Futuro (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Peter Case: HWY 62 (Omnivore) [10-30] - singer/songwriter
  • Casey Veggies: Live & Grow (Epic) [09-25] - -- HD:60, Pf:57
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers: Method to My Madness (Alligator) [10-23] - blues-rock
  • The Catenary Wires: Red Red Skies (Matinee) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balcony (Communion Music) [01-06] - indie rock
  • Daniele Cavallanti & Milo Contemporary Arts Ensemble: Sounds of Hope (Rudi) - jazz
  • Nick Cave/Warren Ellis: Loin Des Hommes [Original Soundtrack] (Kobalt/Goliath Entertainment) [05-18]
  • Randi Cee: Any Kind of Man (self-released) - jazz
  • Ceremony: The L-Shaped Man (Matador) [05-19] - indie rock -- P:93
  • Ernesto Cervini: Turboprop (Anzic) - jazz [**]
  • Chad Valley: Entirely New Blue (Cascine) [10-09] - indie pop
  • Chaise Lounge: A Very Chaise Lounge Christmas (Modern Songbook) - jazz [*]
  • Chamber 3: Grassroots (OA2) [01-20] - jazz [*]
  • Kasey Chambers: Bittersweet (Sugar Hill) [07-24] - alt-country -- MT:* [B]
  • Joan Chamorro & Andrea Motis: Feeling Good (Whaling City Sound) [06-02] - jazz [***]
  • Champs: Vamala (PIAS) [02-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Michelle Chamuel: Face the Fire (The End) [02-10] - dance-pop
  • Chance the Rapper & Lil B: Free (Based Freestyles Mixtape) (self-released) [08-05] - -- CS:58, HD:70, Pf:77, RS:70, S:70
  • Chandos: Rats in Your Bed (Carpark) [01-26] - -- DS:80
  • Olivia Chaney: The Longest River (Nonesuch) [04-28] - alt singer/songwriter
  • The Chap: The Show Must Go (Lo) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Michael Chapman: Fish (Tompkins Square)
  • Brian Charette: Alphabet City (Posi-Tone) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Dheepa Chari: Patchwork (self-released) [08-07] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • The Charlatans UK: Modern Nature (BMG) [01-26] - British trad rock -- DS:80, MO:90
  • Sarah Elizabeth Charles: Inner Dialogue (Truth Revolution) [03-24] - vocal jazz
  • Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home (Hardly Art) [03-24] - indie rock -- CS:75, PM:50, S:80; RC:** [*]
  • Chatsav/Welch/Zelman Trio: Jazz From the Middle to the East: Songs From the White City Volume 2 (Kicha Studios) - jazz
  • Cheatahs: Sunne (Wichita) [02-24] - -- DS:80
  • Cheatahs: Mythologies (Wichita) [10-30] - -- MO:80, PM:60
  • The Chemical Brothers: Born in the Echoes (Virgin EMI) [07-17] - big beat -- BB:70 [**]
  • Eric Chenaux: Skullsplitter (Constellation) [02-27] - alt singer/songwriter
  • David Chesky: Jazz in the New Harmonic: Primal Scream (Chesky) [04-14] - jazz
  • Cyrus Chestnut: A Million Colors in Your Mind (High Note) [04-21] - piano jazz
  • David Chevallier: Standards & Avatars (Cristal) - jazz
  • Francesco Chiapperini Extemporary Vision Ensemble: Our Redemption (Rudi) - jazz
  • Chic Gamine: Light a Match () [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Chicago Reed Quartet: Western Automatic (Aerophonic) [06-23] - jazz [**]
  • Chief Keef: Sorry 4 the Weight (self-relased) - -- Pf:71
  • Chief Keef: Bang 3 (self-released) [08-01] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:71
  • Wild Billy Childish & CTMF: Acorn Man (Damaged Goods) [01-27] - alt/indie rock
  • Childbirth: Women's Rights (Suicide Squeeze) [10-02] - indie rock [***]
  • Children of the Mushroom: Children of the Mushroom (Out-Sider) [01-20] - -- PM:50
  • The Chills: Silver Bullets (Fire) [10-30] - alt/indie rock -- MT:A [A-]
  • Chimaira: There Is No Alternative (WER Wide Ear) - jazz
  • Chinx: Welcome to JFK (Entertainment One) [08-14] - -- HD:70, Pf:73
  • Chorusgirl: Chorusgirl (Fortuna Pop) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Christine and the Queens: Saint Claude (Neon Gold, EP) - alt/indie rock [**]
  • The Church: Further/Deeper (Unorthodox) - -- Pf:65
  • Eric Church: Mr Misunderstood (Capitol Nashville) [11-05] - country [**]
  • Chvrches: Every Open Eye (Universal) [09-25] - synthpop -- AV:100, BB:80, CS:50, DS:60, MO:80, Pf:77, P:85, PM:70, RS:70, S:70 [**]
  • Ciara: Jackie (Epic) [05-04] - r&b -- BB:40 [***]
  • Circuit des Yeux: In Plain Speech (Thrill Jockey) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • City and Colour: If I Should Go Before You (Dine Alone) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Clarence Clarity: No Now (Bella Union) [03-02] - -- CS:75
  • Gary Clark Jr: The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Warner Bros) [09-11] - modern electric Texas blues
  • John Clark: The Odd Couple Quintet + 1 (Composers Concordance) - jazz
  • Scott Clark 4tet: Bury My Heart (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Steven A Clark: The Lonely Rider (Secretly Canadian) [09-18] - alt r&b
  • Stanley Clarke/Bireli Lagrene/Jean-Luc Ponty: D-Strings (Verve) [11-06] - jazz
  • Kelly Clarkson: Piece by Piece (19/RCA) [03-03] - adult contemporary -- AV:50, BB:70, PM:70, RS:60
  • The Claudettes: No Hotel (Yellow Dog) [09-18] [B]
  • Clem Snide: Girls Come First (Zahpwee) [03-04] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [**]
  • Benjamin Clementine: At Least for Now (Virgin EMI) [07-31] - -- PM:60
  • Shana Cleveland & the Sandcastles: Oh Man, Cover the Ground (Suicide Squeeze) [05-26] - indie folk
  • Cloakroom: Further Out (Run for Cover) [01-20] - alt pop/rock -- Pf:77
  • Club 8: Pleasure (Labrador) [11-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Clutch: Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker) [10-02]
  • Co La: No No (Software) [10-09] - indie electronic
  • Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (Universal) [11-13] - alt pop/rock
  • Steve Cobby: Everliving (Declasse) [06-08]
  • Diane Coffee: Everybody's a Good Dog (Western Vinyl) [09-04] - indie rock
  • Anat Cohen: Luminosa (Anzic) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • Avishai Cohen Trio: From Darkness (Razdaz) [03-31] - jazz
  • Hannah Cohen: Pleasure Boy (Bella Union) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Leonard Cohen: Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour (Columbia) [05-12] - singer/songwriter -- RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Lorin Cohen: Home (Origin) [05-19] - jazz [B]
  • Sam Cohen: Cool It (Easy Sound) [04-28] - -- P:88, Pf:61, PM:60
  • Coil: Backwards (Cold Spring)
  • Cola Jet Set: El Fin del Mundo (Elefant) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Cold Beat: Into the Air (Crime on the Moon) - -- Pf:77
  • Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams (Atlantic/Parlophone) [12-04] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Lloyd Cole: 1D Electronics 2012-2014 (Bureau B) [09-04] - ambient
  • Rose Colella: Cocktail (self-released) - jazz
  • Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (Pi) [04-28] - jazz [***]
  • Coliseum: Anxiety's Kiss (Deathwish Inc) [05-05] - punk
  • Colleen: Captain of None (Thrill Jockey) [04-07] - art pop -- CS:67, Pf:76
  • Tom Collier: Alone in the Studio (Origin) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Tom Collier: Across the Bridge (Origin) [11-20] - jazz
  • Romain Collin: Press Enter (ACT) [10-12] - jazz [**]
  • George Colligan & Theoretical Planets: Risky Notion (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [**]
  • Romain Collin: Press Enter (ACT) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto (Neu Klang) - jazz
  • Agedoke Steve Colson: Tones for Harriet Tubman/Sojourner Truth/Frederick Douglass (Silver Sphinx, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Columbia Nights: In All Things (Record Breakin') [10-23] - alt r&b
  • Shawn Colvin: Uncovered (Concord)
  • Coma: This Side of Paradise (Kompakt) [10-09] - MO:80
  • Dani Comas: Epokhe (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • Andrew Combs: All These Dreams (Colin) [03-03] - alt-country -- PM:60
  • Comet Gain: Fingerprint Ritual (Fortuna Pop, EP) [02-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Common Objects: Whitewashed With Lines (Another Timbre, 2CD) [03-00] - jazz
  • Alex Conde: Descarga for Monk (Zoho) [02-10] - jazz
  • The Coneheads: LP 1 (Erste Theke Tontrager, EP) [02-14] - punk rock [***]
  • Chris Connelly: Decibels From Heart (Cleopatra) [05-12] - alt/indie rock
  • Harry Connick Jr: That Would Be Me (Columbia) [10-23] - pop/rock
  • Container: LP (Spectrum Spools) [06-08] - electronic -- Pf:75, S:70 [**]
  • Contretemps: Pronouncement (Safety) [03-24] - -- PM:70
  • The Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket (NoBusiness) - jazz [**]
  • Phil Cook: Southland Mission (Thirty Tigers/Middle West) [09-11] - -- Pf:78
  • Lainie Cooke: The Music Is the Magic (Onyx Music) [03-17] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Gaz Coombes: Matador (Hot Fruit) [01-26] - pop/rock -- MO:90, Pf:63 [*]
  • Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love (Alligator) [09-11] - modern electric blues
  • Easton Corbin: About to Get Real (Mercury Nashville) [07-03] - country [B]
  • Chick Corea/Bela Fleck: Two (Concord) [09-11] - fusion [B]
  • Chris Cornell: Higher Truth (Polydor) [09-18] - alt/indie rock
  • Cornershop: Hold on It's Easy (Ample Play) [02-03] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Chris Cortez: Top Secret (For Your Ears Only) (Blue Bamboo Music) - jazz
  • Counterparts: Tragedy Will Find Us (Pure Noise) [07-24]
  • Martin Courtney: Many Moons (Domino) [10-30] - indie rock
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Rodeo (Outside In Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Tom Cox: The Journey Home (self-released) - jazz
  • The Cox Family: Gone Like the Cotton (Rounder) [10-23] - bluegrass
  • Sarah Cracknell: Red Kite (Cherry Red) [06-15] - -- MO:70, Pf:71
  • Cradle of Filth: Hammer of the Witches (Nuclear Blast) [07-10] - goth metal
  • Ian William Craig: Cradle for the Wanting (Recital)
  • Samantha Crain: Under Branch & Thorn & Tree (Full Time Hobby/Ramseur) [07-17] - -- DS:70
  • Creeping Pink: Mirror Woods (Castle Face) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • The Cribs: For All My Sisters (Sonic Brew) [03-24] - -- DS:80, PM:60
  • Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • Crocodiles: Boys (Zoo Music) [05-12] - noise pop
  • Mikal Cronin: MCIII (Merge) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- P:80
  • Crookers: Sixteen Chapel (Ciao) - -- Pf:55
  • Stephan Crump/Mary Halvorson: Secret Keeper: Emerge (Intakt) [04-00] - jazz [**]
  • Crushed Beaks: Scatter (Matilda/Moshi Moshi) [02-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Mario Cruz: A View From the Mind's Eye (self-released) - jazz
  • Crypt Sermon: Out of the Garden (Dark Descent) - -- Pf:75
  • Tom Csatari Band: Outro Waltz (Tiny Montgomery) - jazz
  • Cuir: Chez Ackenbush (Fou) - jazz
  • Jamie Cullum: Interlude (Blue Note) [01-27] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Ryan Culwell: Flatlands (Lightning Rod) [03-03] - -- PM:70
  • Fernanda Cunha: Olhos De Mar (self-released) - jazz
  • Adrian Cunningham: Ain't That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti (Arbors) - jazz [**]
  • Currensy: Pilot Talk III (Jet Life) [04-04] - hip hop -- CS:75, HD:70, Pf:79
  • Cut Up: Forensic Nightmares (Metal Blade) [07-03] - death metal
  • Cypress Grove/Lydia Lunch/Spiritual Front: Twin Horses (Rustblade) [02-10] - punk blues
  • Miley Cyrus: Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz (self-released) - psychedelic pop -- BB:60, Pf:30
  • Czarface: Every Hero Needs a Villain (Brick) [06-15] - -- HD:70
  • Duduka Da Fonseca Trio: Jive Samba (Zoho Music) - Brazilian jazz
  • Da Mafia 6ix: Watch What U Wish (SATENT) [03-09] - hip hop -- HD:70
  • Linda Dachtyl: A Late One (Chicken Coup/Summit) - jazz [**]
  • Kat Dahlia: My Garden (Vested in Culture) [01-13] - pop -- BB:60
  • Dalannah and Owen: Been Around Awhile (self-released) - jazz
  • Joseph Daley: Portraits: Wind, Thunder and Love (self-released) - jazz
  • Dam-Funk: Invite the Light (Stones Throw) [09-04] - funk -- HD:70
  • Damaged Bug: Cold Hot Plumbs (Castle Face) [06-09]
  • The Damnwells: The Damnwells (Rock Ridge Music) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Tyler Damon: Softened Skull (York) - jazz-rock
  • Damon & Naomi: Fortune (20/20/20) [02-17] - -- Pf:70, PM:70
  • Korey Dane: Youngblood (Innovative Leisure) [10-09] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Daniel-Galichet-Metzger: Killing Spree (Ayler) - jazz
  • Jeremy Danneman: Lady Boom Boom (Ropeadope) - jazz
  • Isaac Darche: Team & Variations (Challenge) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • The Darkness: Last of Our Kind (Canary Dwarf) [06-02] - hard rock
  • Darts & Arrows: Altamira (Ears & Eyes) [10-16] - jazz [*]
  • Datura4: Demon Blues (Alive Naturalsound) [07-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Peter Davenport: Bolide (self-released) - jazz
  • Bambi Davidson: Brunswick (Claremont 56) [04-06]
  • Billie Davies: Hand in Hand in the Hand of the Moon (Cobra Basement) - jazz
  • Caroline Davis Quartet: Doors: Chicago Storylines (Ears & Eyes) [11-06] - jazz [***]
  • Guy Davis: Kokomo Kidd (MC) [09-18] - blues -- RC:** [*]
  • Jon Davis: Moving Right Along (Posi-Tone) [02-03] - jazz
  • Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Seven Davis Jr: Universes (Ninja Tune) [07-24] - electronic -- DS:70, MO:80, Pf:76
  • Steve Davis: Say When (Smoke Sessions) [06-09] - jazz [*]
  • Dawes: All Your Favorite Bands (Hub) [06-02] - alt pop/rock -- P:83
  • Ernest Dawkins Live the Spirit Residency Big Band: Memory in the Center: An Afro Opera: Homage to Nelson Mandela (Dawk) - jazz [A-]
  • Andra Day: Cheers to the Fall (Warner Bros) [08-28] - retro soul -- BB:70
  • Zelia Day: Kicker (Pinetop) [06-02] - adult alt pop/rock
  • DBH: Mood (Thread) [04-27]
  • De Beren Gieren: One Mirrors Many (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Melanie De Biasio: No Deal Remixed (PIAS) [02-24] - vocal jazz
  • Etienne de Crécy: Super Discount Vol 3 (Pixadelic) [01-20] - left-field house
  • Paul de Jong: IF (Temporary Residence) [04-28] - indie pop
  • Bram De Looze: Septych (Clean Feed) [11-03] - jazz [**]
  • Anthony De Mare: Liaisons: Re-Imaging Sondheim From the Piano (ECM) - jazz
  • Dan Deacon: Gliss Riffer (Domino) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:91, Pf:72, PM:70, RS:60, S:80 [*]
  • Dead Neanderthals: Endless Voids (Alone) [09-18] - jazz
  • Dead Sara: Pleasure to Meet You (Pocket Kid) [03-31] - pop/rock [*]
  • The Dead Weather: Dodge and Burn (Third Man) [09-25] - garage rock -- AV:75, CS:83, DS:80, MO:60, P:73, Pf:73, RS:70, S:80
  • Deaf Wish: Pain (Sub Pop) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Deafheaven: New Bermuda (Anti) [10-02] - black metal [*]
  • Michael Dease: Decisions (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Death and Vanilla: To Where the Wild Things Are (Fire) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • Death Cab for Cutie: Kintsugi (Atlantic) [03-31] - indie rock -- DS:70, PM:30, RS:70
  • Death Grips: Fashion Week (Third Worlds) [01-04] - rap -- Pf:66
  • Death Grips: The Powers That B (Electro Magnetic) [03-31] - left-field hip-hop -- RC:B+ [*]
  • Death Karma: The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part I (Iron Bonehead) - -- S:70
  • Death: NEW (Tryangle) [04-21] - Detroit rock
  • The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Capitol) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, BB:70, CS:67, DS:80, Pf:56, PM:80, RS:80, S:70
  • The Declining Winter: Home for Lost Souls (Home Assembly Music)
  • Deerhunter: Fading Frontier (4AD) [10-16] - indie rock -- BB:80, P:88; MT:A- [***]
  • Michael Dees: The Dream I Dreamed (Jazzed Media) [05-12] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Defeater: Abandoned (Epitaph) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Jack DeJohnette: Made in Chicago (ECM) [03-10] - jazz -- PM:80
  • Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon (Interscope) [09-18] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:70 [***]
  • Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • Tobias Delius/Olie Brice/Mark Sanders: Somersaults (Two Rivers) - jazz
  • Della Mae: Della Mae (Concord/Rounder) [05-12] - bluegrass
  • Iris Dement: The Trackless Woods (Flariella) [08-07] - folk -- MT:C+
  • Den Sorte Skole: Indians & Cowboys (self-released)
  • Dengue Fever: The Deepest Lake (Tuk Tuk) [01-27] - international
  • Charlie Dennard: 5 O'Clock Charlie (self-released) [08-07] - jazz [*]
  • Jeff Denson/Lee Konitz: Jeff Denson Trio + Lee Konitz (Ridgeway) [07-07] - jazz [*]
  • Deradoorian: The Expanding Flower Planet (Anticon) [08-21] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80, P:85 [B]
  • Jason Derulo: Everything Is 4 (Warner Bros) [06-02] - pop -- BB:60; RC:A-, MT:B+ [*]
  • Desaparecidos: Payola (Epitaph) [06-23] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:83, DS:80, P:88, Pf:76, PM:70, S:80 [A-]
  • Desert Sweets: A Place Meant for Birds (Balance Point Acoustics) - jazz
  • The Deslondes: The Deslondes (New West) [06-05] - [B]
  • Desperate Journalist: Desperate Journalist () [01-26] - -- DS:80
  • Destroyer: Poison Season (Merge) [08-28] - indie pop -- MO:80, Pf:76; MT:B [*]
  • Destruction Unit: Live in San Francisco (Castle Face) [03-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Destruction Unit: Negative Feedback Resistor (Sacred Bones) [09-18] - alt/indie rock
  • Josh Deutsch/Nico Soffiato: Reverse Angle (self-released) - jazz
  • Minami Deutsch: Minami Deutsch (Cardinal Fuzz)
  • Deux Maisons: For Sale (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion (E1) [02-10] - adult contemporary r&b
  • Dwiki Dharmawan: So Far So Close (MoonJune) - jazz
  • Dhruv: Voyage (Wahwah Music) - jazz
  • Kristin Diable: Create Your Own Mythology (Speakeasy) [02-24] - [B]
  • Diagrams: Chromatics (Full Time Hobby) [01-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Diamond Rugs: Cosmetics (Sycamore) [02-24] - indie rock -- PM:70
  • Diat: Positive Energy (Iron Lung) - -- Pf:70
  • Diatribes: Great Stone/Blood Dunza (Aussenraum) - jazz
  • Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano: A Little Off the Top (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Al Di Meola: Elysium (Inakustik) - jazz
  • Aaron Diehl: Space Time Continuum (Mack Avenue) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • Diet Cig: Over Easy (Father/Daughter, EP) [02-24] - -- CS:67Pf:61
  • Jorrit Dijkstra: Neither Odd nor Even (Driff) - jazz [***]
  • Jorrit Dijkstra/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Curt Newton: Matchbox (Driff) - jazz [**]
  • John Dikeman/Dirk Serries: Cult Exposure (Tonefloat) - jazz
  • John Dikeman/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at La Resistenza (El Negocito) [10-01] - jazz [***]
  • Dilly Dally: Sore (Partisan) [10-09] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Chris Dingman: The Subliminal & the Sublime (Inner Arts Initiative) [06-16] - jazz [*]
  • Andrew Diruzza Quintet: Shapes and Analogies (self-released) [03-17] - jazz [**]
  • Disappears: Irreal (Kranky) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67, Pf:70 [***]
  • Disclosure: Caracal (PMR/Island) [09-25] - house -- AV:91, BB:60, CS:67, DS:40, MO:80, Pf:66, PM:70, RS:70, S:70
  • The Districts: A Flourish and a Spoil (Fat Possum) [02-10] - indie rock -- CS:91, Pf:56
  • Disturbed: Immortalized (Reprise) [08-21] - post-grunge
  • Dick Diver: Melbourne, Florida (Chapter/Trouble in Mind) [03-10] - indie pop -- P:80, Pf:78, PM:80
  • Dahi Divine: The Element (Right Direction) [04-07] - jazz [**]
  • Akua Dixon: Akua Dixon (Akua's Music) [01-13] - jazz [***]
  • DJ Khaled: I Changed a Lot (We the Best) [10-23] - hip hop -- HD:40, S:60
  • DJ Richard: Grind (Dial) [09-04] - -- Pf:81
  • DJ Sotofett: Drippin' for a Tripp (Honest Jon's) [03-23] - -- Pf:79, S:80
  • DJ Spooky/Kronos Quartet: Rebirth of a Nation (Cantaloupe, 2CD) [08-28]
  • Django Django: Burn Under Saturn (Ribbon) [05-05] - experimental rock -- P:82
  • DMX: Redemption of the Beast (self-released) [01-13] - hip hop -- PM:10
  • The Do: Shake Shook Shaken (Wagram) [02-10] - indie electronic
  • Fabiano Do Nascimento: Danca Dos Tempos (Now-Again) [03-17] - international [A-]
  • The Dodos: Individ (Polyvinyl) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:77, Pf:72, PM:80
  • Doe: First Four (Old Flame) [02-24] - -- PM:50
  • Doldrums: The Air Conditioned Nightmare (Sub Pop) [04-07] - indie electronic
  • Dommengang: Everybody's Boogie (Thrill Jockey) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Denise Donatelli: Find a Heart (Savant) - jazz
  • Roberta Donnay & the Prohibition Mob Band: Bathtub Gin (Motema Music) - vocal jazz [*]
  • Doomtree: All Hands (Doomtree) [01-27] - underground rap -- CS:58, HD:70, Pf:71, PM:50 [***]
  • Dope Body: Kunk (Drag City) [08-28] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:70
  • Tashi Dorji: Appa (Bathetic) - jazz
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Luis Vicente/Theo Ceccaldi/Valentin Ceccaldi: Chamber 4 (FMR) - jazz [**]
  • Marcelo Dos Reis/Angelica V Salvi: Concentric Rinds (Cipsela) - jazz [*]
  • Dave Douglas: High Risk (Greenleaf Music) [06-23] - jazz [**]
  • Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart (Greenleaf Music) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Tica Douglas: Joey (Swell) [02-24] - -- Pf:70, PM:70
  • Lila Downs: Balas y Chocolate (RCA) [04-14] - Latin [*]
  • Downtown Boys: Full Communism (Don Giovanni) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- P:80 [A-]
  • Dr Dog: Live at a Flamingo Hotel (Anti) [01-13] - indie rock -- RS:60
  • Dr Dre: Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr Dre (Aftermath/Interscope) [08-07] - hip hop -- AV:83, BB:80, CS:83, HD:90, Pf:88, PM:70, RS:80, S:70; MT:C+
  • Drake: If You're Reading This It's Too Late (Cash Money) [02-13] - rap -- AV:67, CS:83, HD:80, Pf:83, PM:80, RS:80, S:70; RC:*** [B]
  • Drake & Future: What a Time to Be Alive (Cash Money) [09-20] - hip hop -- BB:60, HD:70; RC:** [*]
  • Kaja Draksler/Susana Santos Silva: This Love (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • DRAM: #1EpicEP (#1EpicCheck, EP) [03-03] - -- RS:60
  • Drape: Relax/Relapse (Riot Factory)
  • Anneli Drecker: Rocks & Straws (Rune Grammofon) [07-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Drenge: Undertow (Infectious) [04-06] - alt rock -- DS:70, RS:70
  • Drifter: Flow (Edition) - jazz
  • Drinks: Hermits on Holiday (Birth) [08-21] - alt/idie rock -- MO:90
  • Drive-By Truckers: It's Great to Be Alive! (ATO) [10-30] - southern rock -- MT:A- [A-]
  • Drkwav: The Purge (Royal Potato Family) [02-24] - jazztronica [***]
  • Kevin Drumm: Everything's Going Along as Usual and Then All Shit Breaks Loose (self-released) [01-12] - -- PM:60
  • Andrew Drury: The Drum (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [B-]
  • Andrew Drury: Content Provider (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Du Blonde: Welcome Back to Milk (Mute) [05-19] - indie rock
  • Benjamin Duboc/Alexandra Grimal: Le Retour D'Ulysse (Improvising Beings) - jazz
  • Benjamin Duboc/Jean-Luc Petit: Double-Basse: This Is Not Art (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • Scott DuBois: Winter Light (ACT) [11-06] - jazz
  • Duchess: Duchess (Anzic) [02-17] - jazz
  • Ducktails: St Catherine (Domino) [07-27] - indie rock
  • C Duncan: Architect (Fat Cat) [07-17] [B-]
  • Dungen: Allas Sak (Mexican Summer) [09-25] - psychedelic rock -- DS:70, Pf:80, PM:80 [B]
  • Elina Duni Quartet: Dallendyshe (ECM) [04-17] - jazz [***]
  • Paul Dunmall/Tony Bianco: Homage to John Coltrane (Slam) [08-07] - jazz
  • Kait Dunton: TrioKAIT (self-released) - jazz
  • The Dunwells: Lucky Ones (Concord, EP) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Duo van Otterloo van Veenendaal: No Trace (Brokken) [10-01] - jazz
  • Duran Duran: Paper Gods (Warner Bros) [09-11] - dance-rock -- BB:70
  • Dutch Uncles: O Shudder (Memphis Industries) [02-24] - indie rock -- CS:50, DS:80, Pf:70
  • Bob Dylan: Shadows in the Night (Columbia) [01-27] - American popular song -- AV:83, BB:80, CS:67, P:90, Pf:62, PM:80, RS:80, S:70;MT:B- [C]
  • Open Mike Eagle: A Special Episode Of (Mello Music Group) [02-03] - hip hop -- HD:80
  • Eagles of Death Metal: Zipper Down (T-Boy) [10-02] - hard rock
  • Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters: Father's Day (Stony Plain) [07-17] - modern electric blues
  • Justin Townes Earle: Absent Fathers (Loose Music) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67 [*]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: Terraplane (New West) [02-17] - modern blues -- CS:67, P:91, Pf:63, PM:60, RS:70; RC:** [**]
  • Earth Tones: Rune (Neither Nor) - jazz
  • Eartheater: Metalepsis (Hausu Mountain) - -- Pf:75
  • Anderson East: Delilah (Elektra/Low Country Sound) [07-10] - roots rock [***]
  • East India Youth: Culture of Volume (XL) [04-07] - alt/indie rock -- MO:90
  • East West Quintet: Anthem (self-released) [10-13] - jazz [B-]
  • Kyle Eastwood: Time Pieces (Jazz Village) - jazz
  • Eaves: What Green Feels Like (Heavenly) [04-27] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Eccentronic Research Council: Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine . . . I'm Your Biggest Fan (Without Consent) [05-18]
  • Echo Lake: Era (No Pain in Pop) [03-03] - dream pop
  • Echoes of Swing: Dancing (ACT) - jazz
  • Yelena Eckemoff Quartet: Everblue (L&H Production) - jazz
  • Editors: In Dream (PIAS) [10-02] - indie rock -- MO:80
  • Kirsten Edkins: Art & Soul (self-released) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Sinne Eeg & Thomas Fonnesbaek: Eeg-Fonnesbaek (Stunt/Sundance Music) - jazz
  • Egyptrixx: Transfer of Energy (Feelings of Power) (Halocline) [02-09] - club/dance
  • Matthias Eick: Midwest (ECM) [05-18] - jazz [**]
  • Brian Eisenberg Jazz Orchestra: Sense of Gratitude (self-released) - jazz
  • Harris Eisenstadt: Golden State (Songlines) [03-10] - jazz [***]
  • Mikky Ekko: Time (RCA) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:43, PM:60, RS:50
  • Hanni El Khatib: Moonlight (Innovative Leisure) [01-20] - garage punk
  • EL VY: Return to the Moon (4AD) [10-30] - indie rock -- AV:100, CS:58, DS:80, MO:70, Pf:48, RS:70
  • Brett Eldredge: Illinois (Rhino) [09-11] - country -- BB:70
  • Electric Six: Bitch, Don't Let Me Die! (Metropolis/A Special Thing) [10-02] - indie rock
  • Electric Squeezebox Orchestra: Cheap Rent (OA2) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods (Western Vinyl) [01-20] - singer-songwriter -- P:85, Pf:76, PM:80
  • Eleventh Dream Day: Works for Tomorrow (Thrill Jockey) [07-24] - indie rock -- P:87
  • Eliane Elias: Made in Brazil (Concord) [03-31] - Brazilian jazz [*]
  • Eligh: 80 HRTZ (Crownsnest) [08-14] - -- HD:60
  • James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg: Ambsace (Paradise of Bachelors) [09-18]
  • Kurt Elling: Passion World (Concord) [06-09] - vocal jazz [C]
  • John Ellis Double Wide: Charm (Parade Light) - jazz
  • Tinsley Ellis: Tough Love (Landslide) [02-03] - blues
  • Liberty Ellman: Radiate (Pi) [08-21] - jazz [A-]
  • Amir ElSaffar: Crisis (Pi) [07-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Paul Elwood: Nice Folks (Innova) [01-27] - jazz [***]
  • Joe Ely: Panhandle Rambler (Rack 'Em) [09-18] - [**]
  • Emika: Klavirni (Emika) [02-03] - electronica [*]
  • Emmy the Great: S (Bella Union, EP) - -- Pf:61
  • Empire Cast: Empire: Original Soundtrack From Season 1 (Columbia) [03-10] - pop-rap -- Pf:65, RS:40
  • Empire Cast: Empire: Original Soundtrack Season 2 (Columbia) [11-20] - soundtracks
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible/XL) [09-11] - indie electronic -- Pf:82 [*]
  • Enablers: The Rightful Pivot (Soulfood) [04-10] - -- DS:80
  • Endless Bummer: Vol 1 (In the Red) - -- Pf:72
  • Sidsel Endresen/Stian Westerhus: Bonita (Rune Grammofon) [01-06] - jazz
  • Enter Shikari: The Mindsweep (Hopeless) [01-20] - nu metal -- DS:80
  • Envy: Atheist's Cornea (Temporary Residence) [07-10] - post-hardcore
  • Enya: Dark Sky Island (Warner Bros) [11-20] - adult alternative
  • Errors: Lease of Life (Rock Action) [03-23] - -- DS:80
  • Enslaved: In Times (Nuclear Blast) [03-10] - -- Pf:62
  • Erase Erata: Lost Weekend (Under the Sun) - -- Pf:76
  • Escort: Animal Nature (Escort) [10-30] - alt r&b
  • Ellery Eskelin: Solo Live at Snugs (Hatology) - jazz [**]
  • Eskmo: SOL (Apollo) [03-03] - experimental electronic -- Pf:64 [*]
  • Esmerine: Lost Voices (Constellation) [10-16] - -- MO:80
  • Gene Ess: Eternal Monomyth (SIMP) - jazz
  • Estelle: True Romance (Established 1980) [02-17] - contemporary r&b -- CS:43, Pf:69, RS:60
  • Eternal Death: Eternal Death (Labrador) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- PM:70
  • Eternal Summers: Gold and Stone (Kanine) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Eternal Tapestry: Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:62, PM:70
  • Etiquette: Reminisce (Hand Drawn Dracula) - -- Pf:67
  • Oran Etkin: What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman (Motema Music) - jazz
  • Duane Eubanks Quintet: Things of That Particular Nature (Sunnyside) [01-30] - jazz -- PM:80 [**]
  • Kevin Eubanks/Stanley Jordan: Duets (Mack Avenue) [03-24] - jazz
  • Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band: More Than Meets the Ear (ArtistShare) [11-20] - jazz [*]
  • EULA: Wool Sucking (Famous Swords) - -- Pf:72
  • Charles Evans: On Beauty (More Is More) [05-12] - jazz
  • Orrin Evans: The Evolution of Oneself (Smoke Sessions) - jazz
  • Evans the Death: Expect Delays (Slumberland) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80, P:80
  • Everclear: Black Is the New Black (The End) [04-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Everything Everything: Get to Heaven (RCA) [06-15] - progressive pop -- DS:80, Pf:72
  • Connie Evingson & the John Jorgenson Quintet: All the Cats Join In (Minnehaha Music) - jazz
  • Ex-Cult: Cigarette Machine (Castle Facce/Lollipop, EP) - -- Pf:66
  • EXO: Exodus (SM Entertainment) [04-30] - -- BB:60
  • Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group: The Puzzle (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [***]
  • Expert Alterations: Expert Alterations EP (Slumberland, EP) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Expert Alterations: You Can't Always Be Liked (Kanine) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Express Rising: Fixed Rope (Numero Group) [10-02] - alt/indie rock
  • The Eye: The Future Will Be Repeated (Ba Da Bing) [03-09] - experimental rock [**]
  • EZTV: Calling Out (Captured Tracks) [07-10] - indie pop [B]
  • Failing in Reverse: Just Like You (Epitaph) [02-24] - post-hardcore
  • Failure: The Heart Is a Monster (Failure) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Tim Fain: Tim Fains Plays Philip Glass: Partita for Solo Violin (Orange Mountain Music) [04-28] - chamber music
  • Jonny Faith: Sundial (Tru Thoughts) [02-03] - downtempo
  • Faith Healer: Cosmic Troubles (Mint) [03-31] - indie pop
  • Faith No More: Sol Invictus (Ipecac/Reclemation) [05-19] - alt metal -- P:83
  • Carlos Falanga: Gran Coral (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • The Fall: Sub-Lingual Tablet (Cherry Red) [05-11] - post-punk -- DS:70, MO:70, Pf:60, PM:60 [***]
  • Fall Out Boy: American Beauty/American Psycho (Island) [01-20] - emo-pop -- AV:83, CS:43, PM:60, RS:60, S:60
  • James Falzone/The Renga Ensemble: The Room Is (Allos Documents) - jazz
  • Fantasma: Free Love (Soundway) [03-24] - African traditions
  • Farao: Till It's All Forgotten (Full Time Hobby) [09-11] - indie rock -- Pf:71
  • Taylor Farr: Suffer in Peace (Columbia) [04-28] - country
  • Fashawn: The Ecology () [02-24] - hip hop -- HD:80
  • Father John Misty: I Love You, Honeybear (Sub Pop) [02-10] - indie folk -- AV:91, BB:80, CS:91, DS:90, MO:90, P:82, Pf:88, PM:70, RS:80, S:90; MT:*** [B]
  • Fawn Spots: From Safer Place (Critical Heights) [03-24] - alt/indie rock -- PM:70
  • Bill Fay: Who Is the Sender? (Dead Oceans) [04-28] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Fear Factory: Genexus (Nuclear Blast) [08-07] - industrial metal
  • Lorraine Feather: Flirting With Disaster (Jazzed Media) - jazz [B]
  • John Fedchock Quartet: Live: Fluidity (Summit) - jazz [***]
  • John Fedchock Big Band: Like It Is (MAMA) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Alan Feinberg: Fugue State (Steinway & Sons) - jazz
  • Lorenzo Feliciati: Koi (Rare Noise) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Fences: Lesser Oceans (Elektra) [03-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Fenster: Emocean (Morr) [09-18]
  • San Fermin: Jackrabbit (Downtown) [04-21] - indie rock
  • Agusti Fernandez/Niels Lyhne Lokkegaard/Bjorn Heeboll: Amaranth (Discordian) - jazz
  • Agusti Fernandez/Zlatko Kaucic: Sonic Party (Not Two) - jazz
  • Hugo Fernandez: Cosmogram (Origin) [04-21] - jazz [**]
  • Fetty Wap: Fetty Wap (RGF 300/Atlantic) [09-25] - hip hop -- CS:67, HD:50, Pf:76, RS:60, S:70
  • Garrison Fewell: Invisible Resonance Trio (Creative Nation Music) [09-25] - jazz [***]
  • FFS: FFS (Domino) [06-08] - art rock -- AV:83, CS:75, DS:80, MO:80, Pf:71, PM:80, RS:70
  • Fidlar: Too (Mom + Pop Music) [09-04] - garage punk -- Pf:58
  • Joe Fiedler Trio: I'm In (Multiphonics Music) [04-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Field Music: Music for Drifters (Memphis Industries) [07-24] - indie pop [**]
  • Fifth Harmony: Reflection (Epic) [01-27] - dance-pop -- BB:80, Pf:72, RS:70, S:70
  • Amina Figarova: Blue Whisper (In + Out) [09-25] - jazz [B]
  • Sammy Figueroa: Imaginary World (Savant) - jazz
  • Lars Fiil: Frit Fald (Fill Free/Gateway Music) - jazz
  • Filthy Habits Ensemble: Gruesome Routines (Discordian) - jazz
  • Fine Points: Hover (Dine Alone) [07-17] - indie rock
  • Christian Finger: Ananda (Strikezone) [02-17] - jazz
  • Finger Eleven: Five Crooked Lines (Bicycle Music) [07-31] - heavy metal
  • Nico Finke: Nico Finke's Bad Surprise (MIG) [01-16] - jazz
  • Craig Finn: Faith in the Future (Partisan) [09-11] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80, P:81, Pf:63; RC:A- [A-]
  • Nick Finzer: The Chase (Origin) [07-17] - jazz [*]
  • The Fireworks: Switch Me On (Shelflife) [02-10] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • FIS: The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now (Loopy)
  • Clare Fischer: Out of the Blue (Clavo) [09-29] - jazz [*]
  • Jesse Fischer: Day Dreamer (Ropeadope) - jazz
  • Martina Fiserova: Shift (Blue Season) - jazz
  • George FitzGerald: Fading Love (Domino/Double Six) [04-28] - 2-step/British garage
  • FKA Twigs: M3LL155X (Young Turks, EP) [08-13] - art pop -- BB:80, CS:75, DS:90, Pf:86, PM:90, S:80 [C+]
  • Flako: Natureboy (Five Easy Pieces) [03-00] - electronica [**]
  • Floating Points: Elaenia (Luaka Bop) [11-06] - electronic -- CS:75, Pf:84, PM:70, RS:80, S:80 [***]
  • Florence + the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Island) [06-02] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, P:80 [B]
  • Brandon Flowers: The Desired Effect (Virgin EMI) [05-19] - alt pop/rock [**]
  • Flying Colours: EPX2 (Shelflife) [05-12] - alt/indie rock
  • Flying Saucer Attack: Instrumentals 2015 (Drag City) [07-17] - alt/indie rock
  • Foals: What Went Down (Warner Bros) [08-28] - new wave/post-punk revival -- MO:90 [B]
  • The Greg Foat Group: The Greg Foat Group Live at the Playboy Club, London (Jazzman) - jazz [*]
  • Ben Folds: So There (New West) [09-11] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Follakzoid: III (Sacred Bones) [03-27] - neo-psychedelia/space rock -- CS:67, DS:80, MO:90, S:70 [**]
  • Thomas Fonnesbaek: Where We Belong (Prophone) - jazz
  • Food: This Is Not a Miracle (ECM) [11-20] - jazz [A-]
  • Frazey Ford: Indian Ocean (Nettwerk) [10-14] -
  • Robben Ford: Into the Sun (Provogue) [03-31] - modern electric blues
  • The Foreign Exchange: Tales From the Land of Milk and Honey (Foreign Exchange Music) [08-21] - alt r&b -- HD:70
  • Chris Foreman: Now Is the Time (The Sirens) [01-08] - blues
  • Mitchel Forman Trio: Puzzle (BFM Jazz) - jazz
  • Forn: The Departure of Consciousness (Gilead) - -- S:70
  • Fort Knox Five: Pressurize the Cabin (Fort Knox) - jazz
  • Fort Romeau: Insides (Ghostly International) [03-31] - club/dance
  • Sullivan Fortner: Aria (Impulse) - jazz
  • Robert Forster: Songs to Play (Tapete) [09-18] - indie pop -- MT:A- [**]
  • Daniel Fortin: Brinks (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [**]
  • Maciej Fortuna Acoustic Quartet: Jazz From Poland Vol 1 (Fortuna Music) - jazz
  • Four Tet: Morning/Evening (Text) [07-10] - experimental techno [*]
  • Jean-Marc Foussat et les Autres: Alternative Oblique (Improvising Beings) - jazz
  • Jean-Marc Foussat/Henri Roger: Geographies des Transitoires (IMR/Facing You) - jazz
  • Jean-Marc Foussat & Jean-Luc Petit: . . . D'Ou Vient La Lumiere! (Fou) [12-00] - jazz [B]
  • Fox Millions Duo: Lost Time (Thrill Jockey) [07-24] - -- Pf:70, S:70
  • Jamie Foxx: Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses (RCA) [05-18] - r&b -- BB:60, CS:58, RS:60
  • The Foxymorons: Fake Yoga (Foxyphoton) [11-06] - -- RC:A- [***]
  • Nils Frahm: Solo (Erased Tapes) [03-00] - contemporary [**]
  • Emily Francis Trio: The Absent (self-released) - jazz
  • Claudia Franco: Soul Dance (self-released) - jazz
  • Kirk Franklin: Losing My Religion (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) [11-13] - gospel
  • Nick Fraser: Too Many Continents (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • The Fratellis: Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied (Cooking Vinyl) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Free Art Ensemble: Cap De Toro (Discordian) - jazz
  • Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: Awakening of a Capital (RareNoise) [03-02] - jazz [***]
  • Chico Freeman/Heiri Kanzig: The Arrival (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • George Freeman/Chico Freeman: All in the Family (Southport) - jazz
  • Nick Freer: The Unsuspecting (self-released) - jazz
  • Fresh Cut Orchestra: From the Vine (self-released) - jazz
  • Erik Friedlander: Illuminations (Skipstone) [10-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Janice Friedman Trio: Live at Kitano (CAP) [04-07] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Kinky Friedman: The Loneliest Man I Ever Met (Avenue A) - -- RC:*** [**]
  • Dan Friel: Life (Thrill Jockey) [10-16] - -- Pf:78, PM:70, S:80
  • David Friesen & Glen Moore: Bactrian (Origin) [11-20] - jazz [***]
  • Oleg Frish: Duets With My American Idols (Time Out Media) [05-19] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Fred Frith/Evan Parker: Hello, I Must Be Going (Victo) - jazz
  • Donnie Fritts: Oh My Goodness (Single Lock) [10-09] - singer/songwriter
  • Frog Eyes: Pickpocket's Locket (Paper Bag) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Froth: Bleak (Burger) [05-19] - neo-psychedelia
  • Frisk Frugt: Den Europaeiske Spejlbue (Tambourhinoceros) [01-26] - -- DS:90
  • William Ryan Fritch: Revisionist (Lost Tribe Sound) - -- Pf:64
  • Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin: Ichigo Ichie (Libra) [07-14] - jazz [A-]
  • Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu (Libra) [07-14] - jazz [***]
  • Masayoshi Fujita: Apologues (Erased Tapes) [09-11] - -- Pf:82
  • Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up: After All Is Said (482 Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Hiragi Fukuda: Seacide (Trouble in Mind) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Funeral for a Friend: Chapter & Verse (Distiller) [01-19] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Funk Off: Things Change (Via Veneto Jazz) - jazz
  • Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union) [07-10] - indie pop -- MO:90; MT:A [A-]
  • Jake Fussell: Jake Xerxes Fussell (Paradise of Bachelors) [01-27] - folk -- PM:80
  • Future: Beast Mode (self-released) [01-15] - hip hop -- Pf:77, PM:80
  • Future: 56 Nights (Freebandz) [05-18] - hip hop -- RC:*
  • Future: DS2 (Epic) [07-17] - southern rap -- BB:70, HD:80; RC:A- [***]
  • Future Brown: Future Brown (Warp) [02-24] - club/dance -- HD:80, Pf:65, RS:80, S:70
  • Fuzz: II (In the Red) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Alex G: Beach Music (Domino) [10-09] - alt singer/songwriter -- MO:80
  • Warren G: Regulate . . . G Funk Era Part II (G Funk) [08-06] - -- HD:70, Pf:74
  • Juan Gabriel: Los Duo (Fonovisa) [02-10] - latin pop
  • Steve Gadd Band: 70 Strong (BFM) [04-07] - jazz
  • Chantale Gagné: The Left Side of the Moon (self-relased) [03-03] - piano jazz [***]
  • Dave Gahan & the Soulsavers: Angels & Ghosts (Columbia) [10-23] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Galactic: Into the Deep (Provogue) [07-17] - funk
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Chasing Yesterday (Sour Mash) [03-03] - alt/indie rock -- AV:67, CS:58, Pf:59, PM:50, RS:70
  • Michael Gallant Trio: Live Plus One (Gallant Music) [10-09] - jazz [*]
  • Gallows: Desolation Sounds (Bridge 9) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Elliot Galvin Trio: Dreamland (Chaos Collective) - jazz
  • The Game: The Documentary 2 (Blood Money) [10-09] - hip-hop -- BB:90, CS:75, HD:80, Pf:72, S:30
  • The Game: The Documentary 2.5 (Blood Money) [10-16] - hip-hop -- BB:90, HD:80
  • Gang of Four: What Happens Next (Metropo lis) [02-24] - pop/rock -- AV:50, CS:58, P:90, Pf:53, PM:70, RS:20; MT:* [*]
  • Gangrene: You Disgust Me (Mass Appeal) [08-14] - -- HD:70, Pf:69
  • Jacob Garchik: Ye Olde (Yestereve) - jazz [**]
  • Mark Gardener/Robin Guthrie: Universal Road (Soleil Apres Minuit) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Gardens & Villa: Music for Dogs (Secretly Canadian) [08-21] - indie pop
  • Jacco Gardner: Hypnophobia (Polyvinyl) [05-05] - neo-psychedelia
  • Laszlo Gardony: Life in Real Time (Sunnyside) [07-07] - piano jazz [***]
  • Melody Gardot: Curency of Man (Decca/Verve) [06-02] - contemporary singer/songwriter
  • Duke Garwood: Heavy Love (Heavenly) [02-10] - modern blues -- PM:60
  • Maxfield Gast: Ogo Pogo (Militia Hill) [02-27] - jazztronica [**]
  • Yonatan Gat: Director (Joyful Noise) [03-03] - garage punk
  • Gengahr: A Dream Outside (Transgressive) [06-15] - indie rock -- DS:70
  • Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool (Savant) - jazz
  • Gateway Drugs: Magick Spells (Cobraside) [03-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Charles Gayle Trio: Christ Everlasting (ForTune) - jazz
  • Charles Gayle/William Parker/Hamid Drake: Live at Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt) [11-09] - jazz [***]
  • Gems: Kill the One You Love (Carpark) [10-30] - alt/indie rock
  • Georgia: Georgia (Domino) [08-07] - indie electronic [**]
  • Ghost: Meliora (Loma Vista) [08-21] - alt metal
  • Ghost Bath: Moonlover (Northern Silence) [04-10] - -- CS:83
  • Ghost Culture: Ghost Culture (Because/Phantasy Sound) [01-13] - alt dance -- CS:75, DS:80, Pf:71
  • The Ghost Ease: Raw (K) [09-04] - alt/indie rock
  • Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town (Accurate) [05-12] - jazz [***]
  • Ghostface Killah/Adrian Younge: Twelve Reasons to Die II (Linear Labs) [07-10] - east coast rap -- HD:70 [**]
  • Ghostpoet: Shedding Skin (PIAS) [03-03] - British pop -- DS:80
  • Kepi Ghoulie/Accelerators: Fun in the Dark (Eccentric Pop/Kepiland) [03-24] - punk-pop
  • Tania Giannouli Ensemble: Transcendence (Rattle) - jazz
  • Giant Sand: Heartbreak Pass (New West) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- RC:*** [*]
  • Billy Gibbons & the BFG's: Perfectamundo (Concord) [11-06]
  • Polly Gibbons: Many Faces of Love (Resonance) [02-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio: Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [**]
  • Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband: Play a Bill Frisell Set List (Cuneiform) - jazz [A-]
  • Clay Giberson: Minga Minga (Origin) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Clark Gibson + Orchestra: Bird With Strings: The Lost Arrangements (BluJazz) - jazz [**]
  • Daughn Gibson: Carnation (Sub Pop) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • The Gibson Brothers: Brotherhood (Rounder) [02-24] - bluegrass
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) [02-10] - piedmont blues -- PM:90, RS:70 [**]
  • Vance Gilbert: Nearness of You (Disismye Music) - jazz [B]
  • Marshall Gilkes/WDR Big Band: Koln (OA2) - jazz
  • David Gilmour: Rattle That Lock (Columbia) [09-18] - album rock
  • Girls in Airports: Fables (Edition) - jazz
  • Girls Names: My Arms Around a Vision (Tough Love) [10-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Girlpool: Before the World Was Big (Wichita) [06-01] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [**]
  • Robert Glasper: Covered: The Robert Glasper Trio Recorded Live at Capitol Studios (Blue Note) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • The Global Jazz Orchestra: Global Warming/Globarhythm (Jazzlab/Bell Music) - jazz
  • Yair Elazar Glotman: Etudes (Subtext)
  • Nicole Glover: First Record (self-released) - jazz
  • Gnod: Infinity Machines (Rocket) [04-20] - -- DS:90
  • The Go! Team: The Scene Between (Memphis Industries) [03-24] - -- AV:91, BB:60, CS:58, PM:60; RC:A- [B]
  • Goatsnake: Black Age Blues (Southern Lord) [06-02] - hard rock
  • Goblin Rebirth: Goblin Rebirth (Relapse) [07-03] - prog-rock
  • God Damn: Vultures (One Little Indian) [05-19] - -- PM:70
  • Nicholas Godin: Contrepoint (Because Music) [09-11] - art pop
  • Otzir Godot: In- (Epatto) - jazz [**]
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (Constellation) [03-31] - post-rock -- CS:75, DS:90, MO:90, P:93, S:80 [B-]
  • GoldLink: And After That, We Didn't Talk (Soulection) [11-06] - -- HD:50
  • Casey Golden Trio: Outliers (Scrampion) - piano jazz
  • Aaron Goldberg: The Now (Sunnyside) [01-20] - piano jazz [*]
  • Ben Goldberg: Orphic Machine (BAG) [03-24] - modern creative [***]
  • Vinny Golia: Solo (Gold Lion Arts) - jazz
  • Holly Golightly: Slowdown Now! (Damaged Goods) [08-28] - indie rock
  • Chris Golinski/Tim McNally/Boaz Roberts: Rodeo (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [*]
  • Edsel Gomez: Road to Udaiput (Zoho Music) - Latin jazz
  • Selena Gomez: Revival (Interscope) [10-09] - pop
  • Gonno: Remember the Life Is Beautiful (Endless Flight) [08-14] -
  • Chilly Gonzales: Chambers (Gentle Threat/Fontana North) [03-24] - -- DS:80
  • Delia Gonzalez: In Remembrance (DFA) [04-14] - ambient
  • Jose Gonzalez: Vestiges & Claws (Mute) [02-17] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, BB:60, CS:75, DS:80, Pf:66, PM:70, RS:60, S:70
  • The Good Life: Everybody's Coming Down (Saddle Creek) [08-14] - indie rock
  • Good Old War: Broken Into Better Shape (Nettwerk) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Richie Goods & Nuclear Fusion: Three Rivers (Richman) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Fraser A Gorman: Slow Gum (Kobalt) [06-25]
  • GospelbeacH: Pacific Surf Line (Alive Naturalsound) [10-16]
  • Gossamer: Automaton (Innovative Leisure) [07-10] - downtempo
  • Anna Gourari: Visions Fugitives (ECM) - jazz
  • Ellie Goulding: Delirium (Interscope) [11-06] - dance-pop
  • Gov't Mule: Dub Side of the Mule (Evil Teen) [04-07]
  • Dusko Goykovich: Latin Haze (Enja) - jazz
  • The Grahams: Glory Bound (12 South) [05-19] - Americana
  • Grandchildren: Zuni (Ernest Jenning) [08-28] - indie pop
  • Jerry Granelli Trio + 3: What I Hear Now (Addo) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure (Bella Union/Partisan) [10-02] - singer/songwriter -- DS:80, MO:80, PM:80, RS:70 [*]
  • Gratkowski/Kruglov/Nabatov/Yudanov: Leo Records 35th Anniversary: Moscow (Leo) - jazz
  • Grave and No Name: Feathers Wet, Under the Moon (Lefse) [05-05] - dream pop
  • Grave Babes: Holographic Violence (Hardly Art) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Milford Graves & Bill Laswell: Space/Time · Redemption (TUM) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Devin Gray: RelativE ResonancE (Skirl) [06-09] - jazz [***]
  • A Great Big World: When Morning Comes (Epic) [11-13] - pop
  • Great Lake Swimmers: A Forest of Arms (Nettwerk) [04-21] - indie folk
  • Benny Green: Live in Santa Cruz (Sunnyside) - piano jazz
  • Cee Lo Green: Heart Blanche (Atlantic) [11-13] - r&b [*]
  • Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up (Hardly Art) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- CS:75, Pf:74, RS:60, S:80; MT:C+ [B]
  • Jackie Greene: Back to Birth (Yep Roc) [08-21] - adult contemporary
  • JJ Grey & Mofro: Ol' Glory (Relativity) [02-24] - modern blues -- PM:70
  • Patty Griffin: Servant of Love (PGM) [09-25] - singer-songwriter -- P:95, RS:70 [**]
  • Grimes: Art Angels (4AD) [11-06] - art pop -- AV:91, BB:90, CS:91, MO:80 [**]
  • Rachel Grimes: The Clearing (Temporary Residence) [05-26] - alt/indie rock -- P:86
  • Josh Groban: Stages (Reprise) [04-28] - adult contemporary
  • Grooms: Comb the Feelings Through You Hair (Western Vinyl) [02-27] - indie rock -- Pf:73, PM:70
  • Marty Grosz Meets the Fat Babies: Diga Diga Doo (Delmark) [02-25] - jazz [A-]
  • Guantanamo Baywatch: Darling . . . It's Too Late (Suicide Squeeze) [05-12]
  • Guapo: Obscure Knowledge (Cuneiform) - jazz
  • Giovanni Guidi Trio: This Is the Day (ECM) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Jean-Luc Guionnet/Thomas Bonvalet: Loges de Souffle (Becoq) - jazz
  • Ulrich Gumpert Quartett: A New One (Intakt) - jazz [A-]
  • Noah Gundersen: Carry the Ghost (Dualtone) [08-21] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Steve Gunn & the Black Twig Pickers: Seasonal Hire (Thrill Jockey) [02-24] - folk -- Pf:74, PM:80
  • Gunplay: Living Legend (Def Jam) [07-31] - hip hop -- BB:70, HD:60, Pf:65, RS:70
  • The Gurdjieff Ensemble/Levon Eskenian: Komitas: Music by Komitas (ECM) - jazz
  • Gush: The March (Konvoj) - jazz
  • Mats Gustafsson & Thurston Moore: Hit the Wall! (Smalltown Superjazz) - jazz
  • Mats Gustafsson & Nu Ensemble: Hidros 6: Knockin' (Not Two) - jazz
  • Guster: Evermotion (Nettwerk) [01-13] - indie rock -- PM:80
  • Will Guthrie: Sacree Obsession (Ideal) - jazz
  • Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar (RCA) [07-31] - blues
  • Gwenno: Y Dydd Olaf (Heavenly) [07-24] - indie pop -- MO:80 [A-]
  • The H2 Big Band: It Could Happen (Origin) [02-17] - jazz big band [**]
  • Marika Hackman: We Slept at Last (Dirty Hit) [02-16] - pop/rock
  • Haiku Salut: Etch and Etch Deep (How Does It Feel to Be Loved) [07-31] - art pop -- MO:80 [**]
  • Luke Haines: Adventures in Dementia: A Micro Opera (Outsider Music) [02-10] - indie rock -- MO:80, PM:70
  • Haitus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) [05-04] - alt r&b -- HD:90 [B-]
  • Halestorm: Into the Wild Life (Atlantic) [04-14] - alt metal
  • Half Moon Run: Sun Leads Me On (Glassnote) [10-23] - indie rock
  • Tianna Hall: Hit Me With a Hot Note (self-released) - jazz
  • Samuel Hallkvist: Variety of Live (BoogiePost) - jazz
  • Samuel Hallkvist: Beyond Horizons (BoogiePost) - jazz
  • Rich Halley 4: Creating Structure (Pine Eagle) - jazz [A-]
  • Rich Halley 4: Eleven (Pine Eagle) - jazz [***]
  • Laurel Halo: In Situ (Honest Jon's) [10-30] - indie electronic
  • Halperin/Nyberg Connection: Snow Tiger (Stockholm Jazz) - jazz
  • Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra: Into Forever (Gondwana) - jazz
  • Halsey: Badlands (Astralwerks) [08-28] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (Firehouse 12) [09-04] - jazz -- Pf:80 [***]
  • Tigran Hamasyan: Luys I Luso (ECM) [10-02] - Armenian [B-]
  • Jeff Hamilton Trio: Great American Songs Through the Years (Capri) - jazz
  • Scott Hamilton: Scott Hamilton Plays Jule Styne (Blue Duchess) [05-09] - jazz [A-]
  • Scott Hamilton with the Jeff Hamilton Trio: Hamilton and Hamilton Live in Bern (Capri) [10-20] - jazz [***]
  • Albert Hammond Jr: Momentary Masters (Vagrant) [07-31] - indie rock
  • Ross Hammond/Catherine Sikora: Perfect Plasticity (Gold Lion Arts) - jazz
  • Ross Hammond: Flight (Prescott) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Darren Hanlon: Where Did You Come From? (Flippin Yeah Industries) [03-03] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Glen Hansard: If Was Triumph We Once Proposed . . . Songs of Jason Molina (Overcoat) [03-17] - -- CS:75Pf:73
  • Glen Hansard: Didn't He Ramble (Anti-) [09-18] - singer/songwriter -- CS:67, PM:70, RS:60
  • Happyness: Weird Little Birthday (Bar/None) [03-24] - indie rock
  • Brian Harnetty: Rawhead & Bloodybones (Dust-to-Digital) [11-20] [**]
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell: The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) [05-12] - Americana -- P:85 [*]
  • Lafayette Harris, Jr. Trio: Bend to the Light (Airmen) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Richard Harris: Shades of Blue (self-released) - jazz
  • Joel Harrison 5: Spirit House (Whirlwind) - jazz
  • Angelo Hart: Intrepid (self-released) - jazz
  • Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Provogue Music Productions) [04-14] - modern electric blues
  • Harth/Fischer/Daemgen: Confucius Tarif Reduit (Spore Point) - jazz [**]
  • Nai Harvest: Hairball (Top Shelf) [04-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Juliana Hatfield Three: Whatever, My Love (American Laundromat) [02-17] - alt pop/rock -- BB:80, CS:50, Pf:61, PM:60
  • Lalah Hathaway: Lalah Hathaway Live (EOne) [10-30] - adult r&b
  • Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires (Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs) [09-04] - techno [***]
  • Steve Hauschildt: Where All Is Fled (Kranky) [10-02] -
  • H Hawkline: In the Pink of Condition (Heavenly) [02-03] - neo-psychedelia
  • Alexander Hawkins: Alexander Hawkins Trio (self-released) - piano jazz
  • Richard Hawley: Hollow Meadows (Parlophone) [09-11] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80
  • Colin Hay: Next Year People (Compass) [02-27] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Hayden: Hey Love (Arts & Crafts) [03-24] - alt pop/rock
  • Gemma Hayes: Bones + Longing (Chasing Dragons) [03-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Hunter Hayes: The 21 Project (Atlantic) [11-06] - country pop
  • Liam Hayes: Slurrup (Fat Possum) [01-13] - chamber pop -- Pf:73
  • Darren Hayman: Chants for Socialists (Where It's At Is Where You Are) [02-27] - indie folk -- DS:80; MT:C+
  • Justin Haynes: Shoeless in Georgetown (self-released) - jazz
  • Stephen Haynes: Pomegranate (New Atlantis) [06-25] - jazz [***]
  • Warren Haynes: Ashes & Dust (Concord) [07-24] - Americana
  • Emlie Haynie: We Fall (Interscope/Polydor) [02-24] - contemporary pop/rock -- RS:50
  • Miho Hazama: Time River (Sunnyside) [10-02] - jazz [**]
  • Angel Haze: Back to the Woods (self-released) [09-14] - east-coast rap -- HD:70 [***]
  • Dale Head: Swing Straight Up (Blujazz) - jazz [B]
  • Heads of State: Search for Peace (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [**]
  • Health: Death Magic (Loma Vista) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Ted Hearne: The Source (New Amsterdam)
  • Albert "Tootie" Heath: Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside) - jazz [**]
  • Heathered Pearls: Body Complex (Ghostly International) [08-07] - techno
  • Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: Wisdom Laughter and Lines (Virgin EMI) [10-23] [***]
  • HeCTA: The Diet (Merge) [09-18]
  • Heems: Eat Pray Thug (Megaforce) [03-10] - left-field hip-hop -- AV:75, CS:67, HD:70, Pf:63, PM:70, RS:70, S:80; RC:A, MT:A [A-]
  • Sylvaine Helary: Spring Roll/Printemps (Ayler) - jazz
  • Helen: The Original Faces (Kranky) [09-04] - -- Pf:69 [*]
  • Mark Helias Open Loose: The Signal Maker (Intakt) [03-00] - jazz [***]
  • Hello Blue Roses: WZO (Jaz) [02-01] - -- CS:67
  • The Hello Sequence: The Hello Sequence (Sub Pop) [05-19] - alt/indie rock -- P:92
  • Helm: Olympic Mess (Pan) [06-15] - electronic -- Pf:72, RA:80
  • Eddie Henderson: Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions) [02-10] - jazz [**]
  • Ella Henderson: Chapter One (Columbia/Syco) [01-13] - pop idol
  • Lauren Henderson: A La Madrugada (self-released) [05-19] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Don Henley: Cass County (Capitol) [09-25] - [*]
  • Mette Henriette: Mette Henriette (ECM) [11-20] - jazz
  • Carlos Henriquez: The Bronx Pyramid (Blue Engine) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Herbert: Part 8 (Accidental, EP) - -- Pf:64
  • Herbcraft: Wot Oz (Woodsist) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Holly Herndon: Platform (4AD) [05-19] - experimental electronic -- MO:90, P:86, Pf:87 [**]
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders: The Avant Age Garde I AMs of the Gal Luxury (Flat Langton's Arkeyes) - jazz [***]
  • Vincent Herring: Night and Day (Smoke Sessions) [05-12] - jazz [*]
  • Will Herrington: Solace (self-released) [07-28] - jazz [*]
  • Fred Hersch: Solo (Palmetto) [09-08] - jazz
  • Joe Hertenstein/Pascal Niggenkemper/Thomas Heberer: HNH2 (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [**]
  • Pete Herzog/Dennis Walker: Waiting for the Rain (self-released) [01-03] - blues
  • Scott Hesse Trio: The Stillness of Motion (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Nic Hessler: Soft Connections (Captured Tracks) [03-17] - alt/indie rock
  • Tom Hewsom Trio: Treehouse (CAM Jazz) - jazz
  • Lilly Hiatt: Royal Blue (Normaltown) [03-03] - alt/indie rock -- P:88
  • Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha) [05-05] - alt r&b [B-]
  • Hieroglyphic Being & JITU Ahn-Sahm-Buhl: We Are Not the First (RVNG Intl) [10-00] -
  • Hierophants: Parallax Error (Aargt/Goner) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Bret Higgins: Atlas Revolt (Tzadik) [07-21] - jazz [**]
  • High on Fire: Luminiferous (EOne) [06-16] - stoner metal -- AV:91, CS:75, DS:70, Pf:80, PM:70, S:70
  • Ira Hill: Tomorrow (self-released) [11-26] - jazz [C]
  • Hills: Frid (Rocket) [08-26] - psychedelic rock
  • Art Hirahara: Libations & Meditations (Posi-Tone) [01-06] - jazz
  • Keigo Hirakawa: And Then There Were Three (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Hiss Golden Messenger: Southern Grammar (Merge, EP) [02-03] - alt singer-songwriter -- Pf:72
  • Hit the Lights: Summer Bones (Pure Noise) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding of Evidentiality (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Hodgy Beats: Dena Tape 2 (Odd Future) - -- Pf:57
  • Kai Hoffman: Luckiest Girl Alive (Broad Reach) - jazz
  • Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors: Medicine (Magnolia) [01-27] - -- PM:70
  • Stevie Holland: Life Goes On (150 Music) - jazz
  • John Hollenbeck: Songs We Like a Lot (Sunnyside) [06-23] - jazz [B]
  • Mike Holober: Balancing Act (Palmetto) [11-13] - jazz [**]
  • Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness (Domino) [09-21] - -- MO:100, Pf:84 [B]
  • Holychild: The Shape of Brat Pop to Come (Glassnote) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • The Holydrug Couple: Moonlust (Sacred Bones) [05-12] - alt/indie rock
  • Hooton Tennis Club: Highest Point in Cliff Town (Heavenly) [08-28] - indie rock -- MO:80
  • Hop Along: Painted Shut (Saddle Creek) [05-05] - indie rock -- RC:A- [*]
  • Jon Hopkins: Late Night Tales (Late Night Tales) [03-03] - ambient -- Pf:75
  • Hopsin: Pound Syndrome () [07-24] - -- HD:70
  • Horsebeach: II (Alone Together) [09-25]
  • Wayne Horvitz: Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Hot Chip: Why Make Sense? (Domino) [05-19] - indie electronic -- P:85
  • Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (On the Bol) [11-06] - jazz [B]
  • Hot Sugar: God's Hand (Break World) [02-24] - -- CS:75
  • Houndmouth: Little Neon Limelight (Rough Trade) [03-17] - alt-country
  • Houndstooth: No News From Home (No Quarter) [03-31] - indie pop -- Pf:69
  • Michael Houstoun With the Rodger Fox Big Band: Concerti (Rattle) - jazz
  • Lena Hovanesian: Irwinorange (self-released) - jazz
  • John Howard & the Night Mail: John Howard & the Night Mail (Tapete) [09-04] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80
  • The Ted Howe Jazz Orchestra: Pinnacle (Hot Stove) [03-03] - jazz [B]
  • Charles Howl: Sir Vices (Ample Play) [03-16] - -- DS:70
  • Howlin Rain: Mansion Songs (Easy Sound) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:47, PM:60
  • Hu Vibrational: Presents The Epic Botanical Beat Suite (MOD Technologies) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune (Bordello) [04-07] - Americana -- P:90, PM:60 [A-]
  • Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers: Intricacies (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Julia Hulsmann: A Clear Midnight: Kurt Weill and America (ECM) [04-07] - jazz
  • Peter Hum: Alpha Moment (self-released) - jazz
  • Hundred Waters: The Moon Rang Like a Bell (Remixed) (OWSLA) - -- Pf:60
  • Sam Hunt: Between the Pines: Acoustic Mixtape (MCA Nashville) [10-27] - country [B]
  • Van Hunt: The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets (Godless-Hotspot) [05-05] - alt r&b
  • Charlie Hunter Trio: Let the Bells Ring On (CHT Publishing) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • Hunter Hunted: Ready for You (RCA) [07-10] - indie pop
  • Huntsville: Pond (Hubro) - jazz
  • Hurts: Surrender (Columbia) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Kjetil Husebo: Steps (Optical Substance Productions) - jazz
  • Christian Lee Hutson: Yeah Okay, I Know (Trailer Fire) [01-06] - -- PM:60
  • Alex Hutton Trio: Magna Carta Suite (F-ire) - jazz
  • Jenny Hval: Apocalypse, Girl () [09-09] - art pop [*]
  • Hypercolor: Hypercolor (Tzadik) [01-20] - jazz -- PM:70 [**]
  • I Love Makonnen: Drink More Water 5 (OVO Sound) [03-31] - mixtape [**]
  • Ibeyi: Ibeyi (XL) [02-17] - Afro-Cuban -- HD:80, Pf:74 [B]
  • ICP Orchestra: Misha and So On (ICP) [10-01] - jazz
  • Idjut Boys: Versions (Smalltown Supersound) [09-18] -
  • Idlewild: Everything Ever Written (Empty Words) [02-16] - pop/rock -- DS:90
  • Ifa Y Xango Tentet: Twice Left Handed/Shavings (El Negocito) - jazz
  • Ikarus: Echo (Ronin Rhythm) - jazz
  • Imagine Dragons: Smoke + Mirrors (Polydor) [02-17] - alt/indie rock -- BB:50, CS:33, RS:40
  • Natelie Imbruglia: Male (Masterworks/Portrait) [07-31] - adult alt pop/rock
  • In Tall Buildings: Driver (Western Vinyl) [02-27] - alt singer/songwriter -- CS:67, PM:70
  • Indigo Girls: One Lost Day (Vanguard) [06-02] - adult alt pop/rock -- P:90
  • Indigo Kid II: Fist Full of Notes (Babel) - jazz
  • Indra: Heartland (Impulse) - jazz
  • Chuck Inglish: Everybody's Big Brother () [10-02] - -- HD:70
  • Mikko Innanen: Song for a New Decade (TUM) [02-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Innerroute: Fourmation (self-released) [10-15] - jazz [**]
  • Insane Clown Posse: The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost) (Psychopathic) [04-28] - rap-metal
  • Insane Clown Posse: The Marvelous Missing Link (Found) (Psychopathic) [07-31] - rap-metal
  • The Internet: Ego Death (Odd Future/Columbia) [06-30] - neo-soul -- CS:75, HD:80, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:70 [**]
  • Inventions: Maze of Woods (Temporary Residence) [03-17] - indie electronic -- DS:80, Pf:76
  • Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet: 2 (Trouble in Mind) [11-13] - avant jazz [***]
  • Jon Irabagon: Behind the Sky (Irabbagast) [09-15] - jazz [**]
  • Jon Irabagon: Inaction Is an Action (Irabbagast) [09-15] - jazz [B]
  • Christoph Irniger Trio: Octopus (Intakt) [06-01] - jazz [A-]
  • Iron and Wine & Ben Bridwell: Sing Into My Mouth (Black Cricket/Brown) [07-17] - indie folk
  • Iron Maiden: The Book of Souls (Parlophone) [09-04] - British metal -- BB:70, MO:80, P:79
  • Aaron Irwin Quartet: A Room Forever (self-released) [11-24] - jazz [*]
  • Chris Isaak: First Comes the Night (Vanguard) [11-13]
  • Jason Isbell: Something More Than Free (Southeastern) [07-17] - alt/indie rock -- BB:80, P:86; RC:A-, MT:** [*]
  • The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Noise (self-released) - jazz
  • Itasca: Unmoored by the Wind (New Images) - -- Pf:74
  • Ivan & Alyosha: It's All Just Pretend (Dualtone) [05-05] - alt/indie rock [B]
  • Vijay Iyer: Break Stuff (ECM) [02-10] - piano jazz -- PM:80 [***]
  • Wojciech Jachna/Ksawery Wojcinski: Night Talks (Fundacja Sluchag) - jazz
  • Jack + Eliza: Gentle Warnings (Yebo Music) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Alan Jackson: Angels and Alcohol (Capitol Nashville) [07-17] - contemporary country [A-]
  • Janet Jackson: Unbreakable (Rhythm Nation) [10-02] - r&b -- BB:80, HD:70 [*]
  • Joe Jackson: Fast Forward (EarMusic) [10-02] - pop/rock
  • Keefe Jackson/Josh Berman/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang: Southern Sun (Stone Floor) - jazz
  • Trevor Jackson: Format (The Vinyl Factory) [05-28] -
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey: The Battle for Earth (Royal Potato Family) - jazz
  • Jag Vet En Dejlig Rosa (A Beautiful Rose): Come Rain or Come Shine (self-released) - jazz
  • Jeremiah Jae & L'Orange: The Night Took Us in Like Family (Mello) [04-21] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:71, PM:80
  • Jaill: Brain Cream (Burger) [07-03] - indie pop
  • Jam City: Dream a Garden (Night Slugs) [03-24] - indie electronic
  • Ahmad Jamal: Live in Marciac: August 5th 2014 (Dynamo) [08-05] - piano jazz [*]
  • Boney James: Futuresoul (Concord) [05-05] - pop jazz
  • Elana James: Black Beauty (Snarl) [02-24] - -- PM:70
  • Jason James: Jason James (New West) [08-21] - country-pop
  • Jose James: Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday (Blue Note) [03-31] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice (Edgetone) [10-27] - jazz
  • Michael Janisch: Paradigm Shift (Whirlwind) - jazz
  • Chris Janson: Buy Me a Boat (Warner Nashville) [10-30] - country
  • Guus Janssen: Meeting Points (Bimhuis) - jazz [***]
  • Jape: This Chemical Sea (Faction) [01-26] - -- DS:80
  • Keith Jarrett: Creation (ECM) [05-08] - jazz [**]
  • Etienne Jaumet: La Visite (Versatile) [02-03] - club/dance
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Live in Cuba (Blue Engine, 2CD) [08-24] - jazz [**]
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays (Blue Engine) [10-30] - holiday jazz [C-]
  • Jeezy: Church in These Streets (Def Jam) [11-13] - gangsta rap
  • Jeff the Brotherhood: Wasted on the Dream (Infinity Cat) [03-24] - pop/rock -- CS:58, Pf:52
  • Jeff the Brotherhood: Global Chakra Rhythms (Infinity Cat) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival (OA2) [10-16] - jazz
  • Mick Jenkins: Wave[s] (Cinematic) [08-21] - midwest rap -- HD:70
  • Carly Rae Jepsen: E-mo-tion (Interscope/School Boy) [08-19] - teen pop -- MO:80 [***]
  • Simon Jermyn's Trot a Mouse: Pictorial Atlas of Mammals (Skirl) - jazz
  • Jerusalem in My Heart/Suuns: Suuns & Jerusalem in My Heart (Secretly Canadian) [04-14] - indie rock
  • Tobias Jesso Jr: Goon (True Panther Sounds) [03-17] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:91, P:90, Pf:85, PM:60, RS:70, S:60; MT:C [**]
  • Jewel: Picking Up the Pieces (Concord) [09-11] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Ellen Jewell: Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds) [05-26] - roots rock
  • Ochion Jewell Quartet: Volk (self-released) [09-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Jlin: Dark Energy (Planet Mu) [03-23] - [***]
  • JME: Integrity (Boy Better Know) [05-12] - [***]
  • Joanna Gruesome: Peanut Butter (Slumberland) [05-19] - alt/indie rock -- P:80; RC:** [*]
  • Per Texas Johansson: De Langa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg (Moserobie) - jazz
  • Steve Johns: Family (Strikezone) [05-05] - jazz [**]
  • Chuck Johnson: Blood Moon Boulder (Scissor Tail) [06-29] - -- P:87
  • Max Johnson Trio: Something Familiar (Fresh Sound New Talent) [06-15] - jazz [***]
  • Freedy Johnston: Neon Repairman (Singing Magnet) - -- RC:B+, MT:B+
  • Joker: The Mainframe (self-released) [02-16] - electronic -- Pf:68
  • Darius Jones Quartet: Le Bebe de Brigitte (Lost in Translation) (AUM Fidelity) - jazz [**]
  • Eugenie Jones: Come Out Swingin' (Openmic) [05-12] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Jessie Jones: Jessie Jones (Burger) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Mike Jones: Money Train (self-released) - -- Pf:68
  • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: It's a Holiday Soul Party (Daptone) [10-30] - soul
  • Stone Jack Jones: Love & Torture (Western Vinyl) [03-16] - -- PM:90
  • Tom Jones: Long Lost Suitcase (S-Curve) [12-04] - trad rock
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Musique de Film Imagine (A Recordings) [04-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Anders Jormin/Lena Willemark/Karin Nakagawa: Trees of Light (ECM) [03-06] - jazz [*]
  • Joyfultalk: Muuixx (Drip Audio) [06-30] - jazz [**]
  • Simon Joyner: Grass, Branch & Bone (Woodsist) [03-17] - -- DS:80
  • Julian Julien: Terre II (self-released) - jazz
  • Felix K: Tragedy of the Commons (Blackest Ever Black, EP) - -- Pf:74
  • Schneider Kacirek: Shadows Documents (Bureau B) [02-03] - ambient
  • Henry Kaiser/Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid (Cuneiform) [02-03] - avant-garde jazz
  • Jaako Eino Kalevi: Jaako Eino Kalevi () [06-15] - synthpop
  • Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Desarroi (Staubgold) - jazz [***]
  • The Kandinsky Effect: Somnambulist (Cuneiform) [01-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Kanaku Y El Tigre: Quema Quema Quema (Strut/Tigers Milk) [06-16] - [*]
  • Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere (Epic/Legacy) [03-23] - prog-rock
  • Kansas Smitty's House Band: Kansas Smitty\s (self-released) - jazz
  • Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment (self-released) [05-05] - jazz
  • Manu Katché: Live in Concert (ACT) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Kuniko Kato: Iannis Xenakis: IX (Linn) [04-28] - chamber music
  • Rima Kato: Faintly Lit (Flau) - -- Pf:67
  • Justin Kauflin: Dedication (Qwest/Jazz Village) [01-13] - jazz [**]
  • Jorma Kaukonen: Ain't in No Hurry (Red House) [02-17] - -- PM:80, RS:60
  • Manika Kaur: I Bow to You Waheguru () [01-20] - -- PM:60
  • Kaze: Uminari (Circum-Libra) [05-05] - jazz [***]
  • Robert Earl Keen, Jr.: Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone) [02-10] - bluegrass
  • Tommy Keene: Laught in the Dark (Second Motion) [09-04] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Kehlani: You Should Be Here (self-released) [04-28] - r&b -- BB:80, HD:80, Pf:74 [B-]
  • Toby Keith: 35 Mph Town (Show Dog Nashville) [10-09] - country -- BB:80 [B]
  • Kelela: Hallucinogen (Warp, EP) [10-09]
  • Keith Kelly Ask Not: A Grand Apparatus, Discarded (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [**]
  • Chris Kelsey & Dom Minasi: Duets NYC/Woodstock (Tzazz Krytyk) - jazz
  • Dom Kennedy: By Dom Kennedy (The Other People's Money) [06-02] - -- HD:70
  • Robert Kennedy Trio: Big Shoes (self-released) [03-24] - jazz [*]
  • Kenosha Kid: Inside Voices (self-released) [03-03] - jazz [B]
  • Julia Kent: Asperities (The Leaf Label) [11-06] - neo-classical
  • The Kentucky Headhunters: Meet Me in Bluesland (Alligator) [06-02] - blues-rock
  • Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble: Fractions (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Kid Ink: Full Speed (RCA) [02-03] - rap -- BB:60, HD:60, PM:40, RS:50, S:40
  • Kid Rock: First Kiss (Top Dog) [02-24] - American trad rock -- BB:70, RS:80
  • Jib Kidder: Teaspoon to the Ocean (Weird World) [01-27] - alt pop/rock -- Pf:63, PM:50
  • Angelique Kidjo: Sings (429) [03-31] - worldbeat
  • Becky Kilgore/Nicki Parrott: Two Songbirds of a Feather (Arbors) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Killing Joke: Pylon (Spinefarm) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Andy Kim: It's Decided (Arts & Crafts) - -- Pf:59
  • Elle King: Love Stuff (RCA) [02-17] - retro-rock -- S:70 [*]
  • Gideon King & City Blog: City Blog (self-released) - jazz
  • Kaki King: The Neck Is a Bridge to the Body (Short Stuff) [03-03] - -- PM:70
  • King Crimson: Live at the Orpheum (DGM)
  • King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Paper Mache Dream Balloon (ATO) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • King Midas Sound/Fennesz: Edition 1 (Ninja Tune) [09-18] - experimental ambient
  • King Tuff/Ty Segall: Live at Pickathon (Easy Sound) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • The King Khan & BBQ Show: Bad News Boys (In the Red) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67, DS:80, Pf:70
  • King Los: God, Money, War () [06-23] - -- HD:70
  • Emily Kinney: This Is War (Universal) [10-02] - adult singer/songwriter
  • Kishi Bashi: String Quartet Live! (Joyful Noise) [11-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Kinski: 7 (or 8) (Kill Rock Stars) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Bill Kirchner: An Evening of Indigos (Jazzheads, 2CD) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Kisses: Rest in Paradise (Hit City USA) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Kitty Daisy & Lewis: Kitty Daisy & Lewis the Third (Sunday Best) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Kneebody + Daedelus: Kneedelus (Brainfeeder) [11-27] - jazztronica [***]
  • Knife Pleats: Hot Bark Beach (Jigsaw) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Kirk Knight: Late Knight Special (Cinematic/Pro Era) [10-30] - -- HD:90, Pf:64
  • The Knocks: So Classic (Big Beat, EP)
  • Mark Knopfler: Tracker (Mercury) [03-16] - singer-songwriter -- DS:70, PM:60, RS:70
  • Knowledge: Hud Dreams (Stones Throw) [05-05] - left-field hip-hop
  • Kirk Knuffke: Arms & Hands (Royal Potato Family) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Michael Kocour: Wherever You Go, There You Are (OA2) [06-16] - jazz [*]
  • Kodaline: Coming Up for Air (RCA) [02-10] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Kode9: Nothing (Hyperdub) [11-06] - electronic -- S:70
  • Mari Koga: Perfect Blue (self-released) - vocal jazz
  • Frank Kohl Quartet: Invisible Man (Pony Boy) [10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Konstrukt: Live at Tarcento Jazz (Holidays) - jazz
  • Konstrukt and William Parker: Live at NHKM (Holidays) - jazz
  • Kool Keith/L'Orange: Time? Astonishing! (Mello Music Group) [07-24] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:68
  • Ted Kooshian: Clowns Will Be Arriving (Summit) [01-13] - jazz [***]
  • Kopecky: Drug for the Modern Age (ATO) [05-18] - -- P:90
  • The Kora Band: New Cities (Whirlwind) - jazz
  • Kosi: Ghosts Appearing Through the Sound (self-released) - jazz
  • Heikki Koskinen/Teppo Hauta-Aho/Mikko Innanen: Kellari Trio (Edgetone) [02-03] - jazz [*]
  • Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat) [05-12] - Mali -- RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Kowloon Walled City: Grievances () [10-09] - -- MO:80
  • Lona Kozik/Chris Golinski: Spelaeology (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [*]
  • Diana Krall: Wallflower (Verve) [01-27] - American popular song -- PM:30, RS:60 [B-]
  • Krallice: Ygg Huur (self-released) [08-06] -
  • Jana Kramer: Thirty One (Elektra Nashville) [10-09] - country
  • Krayzie Bone: Chasing the Devil () [11-20]
  • The Susan Krebs Chamber Band: Simple Gifts (GreenGig Music) [03-03] - jazz [***]
  • Gidon Kremer and Keith Jarrett: Arvo Part: Musica Selecta: A Sequence by Manfred Eicher (ECM) - jazz
  • Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet: Book II (OutNow) - jazz
  • Nicholas Krgovich: On Cahuenga (Orindal) [01-27] - -- CS:75, PM:80
  • Krill: A Distant Fist Unclenching (Steak Club) [02-24] - pop/rock -- CS:83, Pf:69, PM:80
  • Mike Krol: Turkey (Merge) [08-28] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:74
  • Ernie Krivda: Requiem for a Jazz Lady (Capri) [11-17] - jazz [***]
  • John Kruth: The Drunken Wind of Life: The Poem/Songs of Tin Ujevic (Smiling Fez) - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Martin Kuchen/Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga: Bauchredner (Cathnor) - jazz
  • Martin Kuchen/Jon Rune Strom/Tollef Ostvang: Melted Snow (NoBusiness) - jazz [***]
  • Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Kuku: Ballads & Blasphemy (Buda Musique) - jazz
  • Kutiman: Space Cassava (self-released) - jazz
  • Kwabs: Love + War () [09-11] - r&b
  • Talib Kweli/9th Wonder: Indie 500 (It's a Wonderful World) [11-06] - east coast rap -- HD:80
  • Kylesa: Exhausting Fire (Seasons of Mist) [10-02] - stoner metal
  • Lianne La Havas: Blood (Nonesuch) [07-31] - singer/songwriter
  • La Luz: Weirdo Shrine (Hardly Art) [08-07] - alt/indie rock -- P:83
  • LA Priest: Inji (Domino) [07-03] - experimental rock
  • Ku-Umba Frank Lacy & Mingus Big Band: Mingus Sings (Sunnyside) [06-23] - jazz [B-]
  • Jack Ladder & the Dreamlanders: Playmates (Fat Possum) [02-24] - indie rock
  • Lady Lamb the Beekeeper: After (Mom + Pop Music) [03-03] - indie folk -- CS:91, P:88, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:70
  • Lady Lazarus: Miracles (Queen's Ransom) [03-03] - -- CS:75
  • Pokey LaFarge: Something in the Water (Rounder) [04-07]
  • Julian Lage: World's Fair (self-released) - jazz [*]
  • Oliver Lake/William Parker: To Roy (Intakt) [02-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Lakker: Tundra (R&S)
  • The Lalama Brothers: The Crepuscle Variations (self-released) - jazz
  • Lama + Joachim Badenhorst: The Elephant's Journey (Clean Feed) - jazz [*]
  • Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope) [03-16] - jazz rap -- AV:91, BB:90, CS:100, DS:100, HD:100, MO:90, Pf:93, PM:90, RS:90, S:100; RC:A-, MT:A+ [A-]
  • Lamb of God: VII: Sturm und Drang (Epic) [07-24] - death metal
  • Brian Landrus Trio: The Deep Below (BlueLand/Palmetto) [06-16] - jazz [***]
  • Gill Landry: Gill Landry (ATO) [03-03] - Americana -- PM:80
  • Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You (self-released) [10-23] - vocal jazz
  • Mark Lanegan Band: A Thousand Miles of Midnight: Phantom Radio Remixes (Heavenly) [02-24] - indie rock
  • Langhorne Slim & the Law: The Spirit Moves (Dualtone) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Marie-Pierre Langlamet: Schubert (Ancalagon) - jazz
  • Lanterns on the Lake: Beings (Bella Union) [11-13] - indie rock
  • Lapalux: Lustmore (Brainfeeder) [04-07] - club/dance
  • Adam Larson: Selective Amnesia (Inner Circle Music) [11-03] - jazz [*]
  • Emma Larsson: Sing to the Sky (Origin) [10-16] - vocal jazz [B]
  • The Last Hurrah!!: Mudflowers (Rune Grammofon) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • The Late Call: Golden (Tapete) [04-28] - indie folk
  • Karl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan: Constellations (Challenge) [01-13] - jazz
  • Deborah Latz: Sur L'Instant (June Moon) [05-05] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt) [06-01] - jazz [***]
  • Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Firehouse 12) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Amy LaVere and Will Sexton: Hallelujah I'm a Dreamer (Archer) [04-07] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Bettye LaVette: Worthy (Cherry Red) [01-27] - northern soul -- PM:80
  • Jo Lawry: Taking Pictures (PRA)
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: In Session (Mountain Home Music) [01-20] - -- PM:80
  • Daunik Lazro/Guillame Belhomme: Vieux Carre/Sales Rectangles (Lenka Lente) - jazz
  • Le1f: Riot Boi (Terrible) [11-13] - left-field hip-hop
  • The Leaf Library: Daylight Versions (Where It's At Is Where You Are) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Joelle Leandre/Serge Teyssot-Gay: Trans 2 (Intervalle Triton) - jazz
  • Leap of Faith: Regenerations (Evil Clown) - jazz
  • Leap of Faith: Abstract Structures Volume 1: Implementations (Evil Clown) - jazz
  • Leap of Faith: Abstract Structures Volume 2: Instantiations (Evil Clown) - jazz
  • Leap of Faith/Thomas Heberer: Solution Concepts (Evil Clown) - jazz
  • Leather Corduroys: Season (self-released) [01-06] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:68
  • Ledisi: The Intimate Truth (Verve) [01-20] - adult r&b
  • Mike LeDonne: AwwlRight! (Savant) - jazz
  • Ben Lee: Love Is the Great Rebellion (Warner Bros) [06-02] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Sam Lee & Friends: The Fade in Time (The Nest Collective) [06-16] - -- MO:90, PM:80
  • Tim Lee 3: 33 1/3 (Cool Dog Sound) [03-06] - -- PM:80
  • Left Exit Mr K: Featuring Michael Duch & Klaus Holm (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Leftfield: Alternative Light Source (Infectious) [06-08] - progressive house -- DS:60, MO:80
  • The Legends: It's Love (Cascine) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Urs Leimbruger/Jacques Demierre/Barre Phillips: 1 - 3 - 2 - 1 (Jazzwerkstatt) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Urs Leimgruber/Alex Huber: Lightnings (Wide Ear) [10-00] - jazz [**]
  • The Leisure Society: The Fine Art of Hanging On (Full Time Hobby) [04-28] - indie folk
  • Jennifer Leitham: Mood (S)wings (Sinistral) - jazz
  • Martin Leiton: Poetry of Sound (UnderPool) - jazz [**]
  • Les Amants de Juliette: S'Electrolysent (Quoi de Neuf, Docteur) - jazz
  • Gaetano Letizia/Mike Clark/Wilbur Krebs: Froggy & the Toads (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Oded Lev-Ari: Threading (Anzic) [04-28] - piano jazz [**]
  • Leviathan: Scar Sighted (Profound Lore) - -- Pf:74
  • Daniel Levin Quartet: Friction (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Daniel Levin/Juan Pablo Carletti: Illusion of Truth (OutNow) - jazz
  • Daniel Levin/Rob Brown: Divergent Paths (Cipsela) - jazz [*]
  • Daniel Levin/Mat Maneri: The Transcendent Function (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Donna Lewis: Brand New Day (Palmetto) [03-10] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts: Manhattan (Rough Trade) [10-30] - folk -- RC:A [A-]
  • Leona Lewis: I Am (Def Jam/Island) [09-11] - pop
  • James Brandon Lewis: Days of FreeMan (Okeh) [07-24] - jazz [A-]
  • The Liberation Music Collective: Siglo XXI (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • Liberez: All Tense Now Lax () [07-24] - -- MO:80
  • The Libertines: Anthems for Doomed Youth (Harvest/Virgin EMI) [09-11] - -- MO:80, Pf:77
  • Library Voices: Lovish (Nevado) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Lieutenant: If I Kill This Thing We're All Going to Eat for a Week (Dine Alone) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- CS:58, Pf:58
  • Lifted: 1 (PAN) [04-00] - [***]
  • Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [A-]
  • Lightning Bolt: Fantasy Empire (Thrill Jockey) [03-24] - noise rock -- CS:83, DS:80, Pf:80, PM:60, S:70
  • Lightning in a Twilight Hour: Fragments of a Former Moon (Elefant) [04-21] - indie pop
  • Lil Dicky: Professional Rapper (CMSN) [07-31] - hip hop -- HD:70; RC:A- [A-]
  • Lil Durk: Remember My Name (Def Jam) [06-02] - hip hop -- BB:60, CS:58, HD:60, Pf:56, RS:70
  • Lil Wayne: Sorry 4 the Wait 2 (self-released) - hip hop -- CS:50, HD:50, Pf:64
  • Lil Wayne: The Free Weezy Album (Young Money/Republic) [07-04] - hip hop -- HD:70 [*]
  • The Lilac Time: No Sad Songs (Tapete) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Lilacs & Champagne: Midnight Features Vol 2: Made Flesh (Temporary Residence) [03-17] - indie electronic -- PM:70
  • Lim: Disembodied (Kopasetic Productions) - jazz
  • Rodrigo Lima: Saga (Jazz Station, 2CD) - jazz
  • Jon Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Anders Linsjo och Jakob Riis: Tack! (Steola di Maiale) - jazz
  • Linkwood: Expressions (Firecracker) [03-02]
  • Linus: Linus + Skarbo/Leroux (El Negocito) - jazz
  • Dan Lissvik: Shuvit! (Smalltown Supersound, EP) - -- Pf:65
  • Little Boots: Working Girl (Dim Mak) [07-10] - left-field pop
  • Little Comets: Hope Is Just a State of Mind (The Smallest Label) [02-16] - -- PM:50
  • Little Mix: Get Weird (Syco) [11-06] - dance-pop
  • Little Simz: A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons (Age 101) [09-18] - hip hop -- HD:80, Pf:78
  • Little Texas: Young for a Long Time (Cleopatra) [04-14] - country
  • Liturgy: The Ark Work (Thrill Jockey) [03-24] - experimental rock -- AV:83, CS:67, PM:80, S:80 [C-]
  • Lizzo: Big Grrrl Small World (BGSW) [12-11] - 2H [*]
  • Charles Lloyd: Wild Man Dance: Live at Wroclaw Philharmonic, Wroclas, Poland, November 24, 2013 (Blue Note) [04-14] - jazz [**]
  • Joe Locke: Love Is a Pendulum (Motema) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Locrian: Infinite Dissolution (Relapse) [07-24] - heavy metal
  • Bruce Lofgren's Jazz Pirates: Wind and Sand (Night Bird Music) - jazz
  • Nils Lofgren: UK 2015 Face the Music Tour (Cattle Track Road)
  • Logic: The Incredible True Story (Def Jam) [11-13] - pop-rap
  • Elizabeth Lohninger & Walter Fischbacher: Ballds in Blue (Jazz Sick) - jazz
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm/Paal Nilssen-Love: You Can Be Mine (Bocian) - jazz
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm/Ken Vandermark: Resistance (Bocian) - jazz
  • London, Meander, Pramuk & Ross: The Royal Bopsters Project (Motema Music) [09-18] - jazz [B]
  • The Lone Bellow: Then Came the Morning (Descendent) [01-27] - country -- BB:70, PM:50
  • Lone Wolf: Lodge (Sharing Needles With Friends) [05-11] - indie folk -- MO:90
  • LoneLady: Hinterland (Warp) [03-24] - indie rock -- DS:70, MO:90 [***]
  • Long Beard: Sleepwalker (Team Love) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Liz Longley: Liz Longley (Sugar Hill) [03-17] - country
  • Loop: Array 1 (ATP) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Looper: Offgrid: Offline (Mute) [04-14] - indie pop
  • Luis Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet: Live at Culturgest (Clean Feed) - jazz [B-]
  • L'Orange/Kool Keith: Time? Astonishing! (Mello Music Group) [07-24] - left-field hip-hop
  • Lord Huron: Strange Trails (Iamsound) [04-07] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Frantz Loriot: Reflections on an Introspective Path (Neither Nor) - jazz
  • Frantz Loriot/Manuel Perovic Notebook Large Ensemble: Urban Furrow (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Toots Lorraine: Make It Easy (Greaseland) - vocal jazz
  • Los Bonsais: Nordeste (Elefant) [02-27] - indie pop
  • Los Hijos de la Montana: Los Hijos de la Montana (Cosmica) [05-26] - alt Latin
  • Russ Lossing: Eclipse (Aqua Piazza) [11-07] - jazz [**]
  • Lost Boy?: Canned (Papercup Music) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • The Lost Trio: Monkwork (Evander Music) - jazz
  • Lotic: Heterocetera (Tri Angle, EP) [03-03] - underground rap -- Pf:80
  • Lionel Loueke: Gaia (Blue Note) [10-30] - African jazz [**]
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note) [04-07] - jazz [A-]
  • Demi Lovato: Confident (Hollywood/Island) [10-16] - pop -- AV:75, BB:90
  • Darlene Love: Introducing Darlene Love (Columbia/Wicked Cool) [09-18] - rock & roll
  • G Love & Special Sauce: Love Saves the Day (Brushfire/Republic) [10-30] - alt-rap
  • Simon Love: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (Fortuna Pop) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Low: Ones and Sixes (Sub Pop) [09-11] - dream pop -- MO:90, P:81, Pf:78
  • Low Cut Connie: Hi Honey (Ardent Music/Contender) [04-21] - alt/indie rock [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Where a Cigarette Is Smoked by Ten Men (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: We Will Gather When We Gather (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Man With Guitar: Where's Robert Johnson? (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [A-]
  • Allen Lowe/Matthew Shipp/Kevin Ray/Jake Millett: In the Diaspora of the Diaspora: Ballad for Albert (Constant Sorrow) - jazz [***]
  • Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly (Two Helpins' of Collards) - jazz
  • Lower: I'm a Lazy Son . . . but I'm the Only Son (Matador/Escho, EP) - -- Pf:64
  • Lower Dens: Escape From Evil (Ribbon Music) [03-31] - indie rock -- CS:67, RS:70; MT:C+
  • Sara Lowes: The Joy of Waiting (self-released) [02-24] - alt pop/rock
  • The Lowest Pair: The Sacred Heart Sessions (Team Love) [02-24] - Americana -- P:85
  • Robert Lucaciu: Monaxia (Otherunwise) - jazz
  • Lucero: All a Man Should Do (ATO) [09-18] - alt/indie rock
  • Hans Luchs: Time Never Pauses (OA2) [09-18] - jazz [*]
  • The Lucid Dream: The Lucid Dream (Holy Are You) [03-30] - -- DS:80
  • Ludacris: Ludaversal (Def Jam/Virgin) [03-31] - dirty south -- BB:60, HD:60, RS:60
  • Old Man Luedecke: Domestic Eccentric (True North) [07-24] - [***]
  • Corb Lund: Things That Can't Be Undone (New West) [10-09] - neo-trad country
  • Carin Lundin: What Now My Love? (Prophone) - jazz
  • Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord: Jeremiah (Hot Cup) [02-10] - jazz [***]
  • Jesper Lundgaard Trio: 60 Out of Shape (Storyville) - jazz
  • Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo & Youth (Atlantic) [01-20] - alt rap -- AV:83, CS:75, HD:90, Pf:72, PM:80, RS:60; RC:A- [*]
  • Lupe Fiasco: Pharaoh Height 2/30 (self-released) [08-29] - hip hop -- HD:80
  • Luzmila Carpio: Yuyay Jap'ina Tapes (Squirrel Thing) [08-21] - quechua
  • Jeff Lynne's ELO: Alone in the Universe (Columbia) [11-13] - album rock
  • Shelby Lynne: I Can't Imagine (New Rounder) [05-05] - Americana -- P:92 [B]
  • Lyrics Born: Real People (Mobile Home) [05-15] - rap [A-]
  • Yo-Yo Ma/Kathryn Stott: Songs From the Arc of Life (Sony Classical) [10-09] - chamber music
  • Harold Mabern: Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions) - jazz [B]
  • The Maccabees: Marks to Prove It (Fiction) [07-31] - indie rock -- CS:43, DS:80, MO:60, PM:80
  • Eden MacAdam-Somer: My First Love Story (A-Side) [06-23] - jazz
  • Doug MacDonald: Solo Plus (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Mack Avenue Superband: Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival: 2014 (Mack Avenue) - jazz
  • Maddie & Tae: Start Here (Dot) [08-28] - contemporary country -- BB:80; MT:* [*]
  • Made to Break: Before the Code (Trost) [09-29] - jazz [***]
  • Madonna: Rebel Heart (Interscope) [03-10] - pop/rock -- AV:67, BB:70, CS:50, Pf:51, PM:60, RS:70, S:60 [***]
  • Shai Maestro Trio: Untold Stories (Motema) [08-28] - jazz [*]
  • The Magic Words: The Day We Ran Away (Magic Words Demos) (self-released) [*]
  • Roberto Magris: Enigmatix (JMood) - jazz [**]
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls (ACT) [02-10] - jazz -- PM:80 [*]
  • Giovanni Maier/Daniele D'Agaro/Zlatko Kaucic: Disorder at the Border (Palomar) - jazz
  • Majamisty Trio: Love (Cosmic Sounds) - jazz
  • Majical Cloudz: Are You Alone? (Matador) [10-16] - -- BB:70, CS:83, Pf:80, RS:70, S:80
  • Mike Majkowski: Neighbouring Objects (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Major Lazer: Peace Is the Mission (Mad Decent) [06-01] - -- BB:80; RC:B+ [*]
  • Alex Maksymiw: Without a Word (Challenge) - jazz
  • Male Gaze: Gale Maze (Castle Face) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Jesse Malin: New York Before the War (One Little Indian) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Jesse Malin: Outsiders (One Little Indian/Velvet Elk) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Russell Malone: Love Looks Good on You (HighNote) - jazz
  • John Maloney/Thurston Moore: Full Bleed: Caught on Tape (Northern Spy) [02-10] - experimental
  • Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm: Spark (Water Street Music) [04-07] - jazz [**]
  • Man Overboard Quintet: Down in the Deep Deep Blue (Champs Hill) - jazz
  • Man Without Country: Maximum Entropy (PIAS) [01-19] - electronic
  • Mana: Cama Incendiada (Warner Music Latina) [04-21] - Latin pop
  • Melissa Manchester: You Gotta Love the Life (Long Run) [02-10] - vocal jazz
  • Eleni Mandell: Dark Lights Up (Yep Roc) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Manden Express: Manden Express (self-released) - Malian
  • Dan Mangan & Blacksmith: Club Meds (Arts & Crafts) [01-13] - indie rock -- CS:67, DS:80
  • Emanuele Maniscalco/Francesco Bigoni/Mark Solborg: Maniscalco, Bigoni & Solborg (ILK) - jazz
  • Marilyn Manson: The Pale Emperor (Loma Vista) [01-20] - alt metal -- AV:75, CS:50, DS:80, PM:40, RS:70, S:50
  • The Mantles: All Odds End (Slumberland) [10-16] - alt/indie rock
  • Many Arms & Toshimaru Nakamura: Many Arms & Toshimaru Nakamura (Public Eyesore) - jazz
  • Manyfingers: The Spectacular Nowhere (Ici d'ailleurs)
  • Whitney Marchelle: Dig Dis (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • Maro Marconi Trio: Nordik (33 Jazz) - jazz
  • Briana Marela: All Around Us (Jagjaguwar) [08-21] - ambient pop
  • Marianas Trench: Astoria (Interscope) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Maribou State: Portraits (Counter) [06-01]
  • Eric Marienthal and Chuck Loeb: Bridges (Shanachie) - jazz
  • Marina and the Diamonds: Froot (Atlantic) [03-17] - pop
  • Laura Marling: Short Movie (Ribbon Music) [03-24] - alt singer/songwriter -- AV:75, CS:75, DS:80, P:89, PM:90, RS:70, S:80 [A-]
  • Ro Maron: Collected #1 (Musique Pour La Danse) - -- Pf:69
  • Marriages: Salome () [04-07] - -- DS:80
  • Marrow: The Gold Standard (self-released) - -- Pf:60
  • Marsa Fouty: Concerts (Fou) - jazz [B]
  • Marshmallow Coast: Vangelis Rides Again (Happy Happy Birthday to Me) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • Ricky Martin: A Quien Ouiera Escuchar (Sony Music Latin) [02-10] - latin pop
  • Steve Martin & Edie Brickell: So Familiar (Rounder) [10-30] - progressive bluegrass
  • Melanie Martinez: Cry Baby (Atlantic) [08-14] - art pop -- BB:40, S:80 [***]
  • Pat Martino/Jim Ridl: Nexus (High Note) [03-17] - jazz
  • Maserati: Rehumanizer (Temporary Residence) [10-30] - post-rock
  • Sasha Masakowski & the Sidewalk Strutters: Old Green River (self-released) - jazz
  • Will Mason Ensemble: Beams of the Huge Night (Amsterdam)
  • Mastery: Valis (The Flenser) - -- Pf:80
  • Matchess: Somnaphoria (Trouble in Mind) [07-03] - experimental rock
  • Mates of State: You're Going to Make It (Barsuk, EP) [06-16]
  • Jimbo Mathus: Blue Healer (Fat Possum) [04-21] - singer/songwriter
  • Matrixxman: Homesick (Ghostly International) [07-10] - club/dance
  • Keiko Matsui: Live in Tokyo (Shanachie) - jazz
  • Nilson Matta: East Side Rio Drive (World Blue) - Brazilian jazz [*]
  • Marcio Mattos: SOL[os] (Emanem) - jazz
  • Phil Maturano: At Home Everywhere (self-released) [05-19] - jazz [*]
  • Albrecht Maurer/Lucian Ban/Mat Maneri: Fantasm (Nemu) - jazz
  • The Mavericks: Mono (Valory) [02-17] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:80, P:88, PM:70 [**]
  • Josh Maxey: Celebration of Soul (Miles High) [08-18] - jazz [B]
  • Maxo Kream: Maxo 187 (TSO) - -- Pf:66
  • Mary May: This Is What You Are (self-released) - jaz
  • John Mayall: Find a Way to Care (Forty Below) [09-04] - blues revival
  • Steven Mayer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics/Solo Piano Music (Naxos) - jazz
  • Maysa: Back 2 Love (Shanachie) [05-26] - adult r&b
  • Nick Mazzarella Trio: Ultraviolet (International Anthem) [09-25] - jazz [***]
  • Mazzarella/Haker-Flaten/Ra: Azimuth (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Rob Mazurek: Vortice of the Faun (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables Vol 1 (Cuneiform) [05-26] - jazz
  • M'Balia: Halfway There (Gas) - jazz
  • Mbongwana Star: From Kinshasa (World Circuit) [05-19] - African -- MO:90; RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Stuart McCallum: City (Naim) - jazz
  • Pete McCann: Range (Whirlwind) - jazz [*]
  • Donny McCaslin: Fast Future (Greenleaf Music) [03-31] - jazz [*]
  • Mac McCaughan: Non-Believers (Merge) [05-05] - indie rock -- RC:*
  • Barney McClure: Show Me! (OA2) [04-15] - jazz [*]
  • Makaya McCraven: In the Moment (International Anthem) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters: Abstract Quantities (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [*]
  • Thollem McDonas/Michael Wimberly/Nels Cline: Radical Empathy (Relative Pitch) [06-23] - jazz
  • Dave McDonnell Group: The Time Inside a Year (Delmark) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Reba McEntire: Love Somebody (Nash Icon) [04-14] - country -- BB:70
  • The Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble: Circulation: The Music of Gary McFarland (Planet Arts) [05-29] - jazz [A-]
  • MCFERRDOG: Lawd Forgive Me (1080p) - -- Pf:76
  • Roy McGrath Quartet: Martha (JL Music) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Tim McGraw: Damn Country Music (Big Machine) [11-06] - country
  • Mark McGuire: Beyond Belief (Dead Oceans) [11-13] - experimental
  • Bill McKay/Matt Lux: December Concert (Eyes and Ears) - jazz
  • Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader (429) [03-24] - adult alt pop/rock -- RS:70; RC:A-, MT:A- [*]
  • Jon McLaughlin: Like Us (Razor & Tie) [10-09] - adult alt pop/rock
  • James McMurtry: Complicated Game (Complicated Game) [02-24] - Americana -- P:90, PM:80; RC:A [A-]
  • Michael McNeill Trio: Flight (self-released) [08-18] - piano jazz [A-]
  • Chris McNulty: Eternal (Palmetto) [03-24] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs: Ticonderoga (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love: Candy (PNL, 7CD) - jazz
  • Charles McPherson: The Journey (Capri) [02-17] - jazz [A-]
  • JD McPherson: Let the Good Times Roll (New Rounder) [02-10] - retro-rock -- P:90, PM:80 [**]
  • Keath Mead: Sunday Dinner (Company) [02-24] - indie pop
  • MED/Blu/Madlib: Bad Neighbor (Bang Ya Head) [10-30] - underground rap -- HD:80
  • Meek Mill: Dreams Worth More Than Money (MMG/Atlantic) [06-29] - hip-hop -- BB:70, CS:75, HD:70, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:60 [*]
  • Brad Mehldau: Brad Mehldau: 10 Years Solo Live (Nonesuch) - jazz
  • Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception (Enja/Yellowbird) - jazz
  • Myra Melford: Snowy Egret (Enja/Yellowbird) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Carlton Melton: Out to Sea (Agitated) [07-17]
  • Menace Beach: Ratworld (Memphis Industries) [01-20] - indie rock -- Pf:71, PM:50
  • Shawn Mendes: Handwritten (Island) [04-14] - pop -- BB:60, RS:60
  • Ava Mendoza: Unnatural Ways (New Atlantis) - jazz
  • Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (Nonesuch) [11-06] - adult alt pop-rock
  • Mercury Rev: The Light in You (Bella Union) [10-02] - dream pop
  • Bob Merrill: Cheerin' Up the Universe (Accurate) [09-04] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Merzbow/Balasz Pandi/Mats Gustafsson/Thurston Moore: Cuts of Guilt/Cuts Deeper (Rare Noise, 2CD) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Merzbow/Jim O'Rourke/Akira Sakata/Chikamorachi: Flying Basket (Family Vineyard) - jazz -- Pf:71
  • Metal Chaos Ensemble: War Tuba (Evil Clown) - jazz
  • Metallic Taste of Blood: Doctoring the Dead (Rare Noise) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Method Man: The Meth Lab (Tommy Boy) [08-21] - east coast rap -- BB:50, HD:60, Pf:40
  • Metric: Pagans in Vegas (MMI/Crystal Math Music) [09-18] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:60 [A-]
  • Metz: Metz II (Sub Pop) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • Matthieu Metzger/Sylvain Daniel/Gregoire Galichet: Killing Spree (Ayler) - jazz
  • Mew: +/- (Play It Again Sam) [04-27] - dream pop -- CS:75, DS:70, MO:80, Pf:72, PM:80
  • MewithoutYou: Pale Horses (Run for Cover) [06-16] - indie rock
  • Anne Akiko Meyers: Serenade: The Love Album (EOne) - jazz
  • Marco Mezquida Mateos: Live in Terrassa (UnderPool) - jazz [***]
  • MG: MG (Mute) [04-28] - experimental techno
  • MGK: General Admission () [10-16] - -- HD:60
  • Miami Horror: All Possible Futures (Dine Alone/Haven Sounds) [04-21] - club/dance
  • Micachu and the Shapes: Good Sad Happy Bad (Rough Trade) [09-11] - art pop -- MO:80
  • Michna: Thousand Thursday (Ghostly International) [01-27] - indie electronic
  • Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs (ECM) [06-26] - international [*]
  • Migos: Yung Rich Nation (Quality Control) [07-31] - hip hop -- BB:70, CS:75, HD:70, S:70; RC:B+
  • Miguel: Wildheart (RCA) [07-03] - r&b -- BB:70, HD:90, P:81; RC:A-, MT:A- [***]
  • Jeff Miguel: Perseverance (self-released) - jazz
  • Mika: No Place in Heaven (Virgin EMI) [06-22] [**]
  • Levon Mikaelian: United Shades of Artistry (self-released) [04-07] - jazz [B]
  • Mild High Club: Timeline (Circle Star) [10-09]
  • Jason Miles/Ingrid Jensen: Kind of New (Whaling City Sound) [03-14] - jazz [B]
  • The Milk Carton Kids: Monterey (Anti) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Milky Wimpshake: Encore, un Effort! (Fortuna Pop) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Millencolin: True Brew (Epitaph) [04-28] - punk revival
  • Bea Miller: Not an Apology (Hollywood) [07-24] - -- BB:60
  • Mac Miller: GO:OD AM (REMember/Warner Bros) [09-18] - pop-rap -- BB:80, HD:80
  • Mark Christian Miller: Crazy Moon (Sliding Jazz Door Productions) [08-10] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Marcus Miller: Afrodeezia (Blue Note) [03-17] - contemporary jazz [*]
  • Rhett Miller: The Traveler (ATO) [05-12] - adult alt pop/rock -- RC:***, MT:*** [**]
  • John Mills: Invisible Designs (Fable) [02-17] - jazz [B-]
  • Kristine Mills: Bossa Too (InkWell Publishing) [10-09] - jazz [B]
  • Mind Brains: Mind Brains (Orange Twin) [01-20] - indie pop
  • Mini Mansions: The Great Pretenders (Capitol) [03-23] - -- DS:80
  • Minibone: Bad Sports (Ernest Jenning) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once: Live at the SSE Hydro (Parlophone) [03-10] - dance-pop
  • Kylie Minogue: Kylie Christmas (Parlophone) [11-13] - hollidays
  • Billy Mintz: The 2 Bass Band . . . Live (Thirteenth Note) [05-12] - jazz [**]
  • Bob Mintzer Big Band: Get Up! (MCG Jazz) [06-23] - jazz [*]
  • Minua: In Passing (self-released) - jazz
  • The Minus 5: Dungeon Golds (Yep Roc) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- PM:60, RS:70
  • Holly Miranda: Holly Miranda (Dangerbird) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Hamilton: An American Music [Original Broadway Cast Recording] (Atlantic) [10-16] - -- BB:100, Pf:69, RS:90 [**]
  • Mirror Queen: Scaffolds of the Sky (Tee Pee) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • MisterWives: Our Own House () [02-24] - -- BB:80
  • Matt Mitchell: Vista Accumulation (Pi) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts (482 Music) [10-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel City (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Celebrating Fred Anderson (Nessa) [08-21] - jazz
  • Danny Mixon: Pass It On (self-released) - jazz [**]
  • MNDR/Sweet Valley: Dance 4 a Dollar (Fool's Gold, EP) - -- Pf:59
  • Mo Kolours: How I (Rhythm Love Affair) (One Handed, EP) - -- Pf:58
  • Mocky: Key Change (Heavy Sheet) [07-24] - lounge
  • Mdou Moctar: Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai [Original Soundtrack Recording] (Sahel Sounds) [06-07] - Saharan blues [A-]
  • Modest Mouse: Strangers to Ourselves (Columbia) [03-17] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:75, DS:70Pf:64, PM:60, RS:70, S:50; RC:*** [**]
  • Modestep: London Road (INgrooves) [05-26] - dance-pop
  • Hudson Mohawke: Lantern (Warp) [06-18] - wonky -- BB:80, CS:75, Pf:74, PM:70, RA:66, RS:60, S:70 [B]
  • Ben Monder: Amorphae (ECM) [10-30] - jazz [B]
  • Mono/The Ocean: Transcendental (Pelagic) [10-23] - experimental rock
  • The Monochrome Set: Spaces Everywhere (Tapete) [03-17] - alt/indie rock -- PM:70
  • Monoswezi: Monoswezi Yanga (Riverboat)
  • Ashley Monroe: The Blade (Warner Music) [07-24] - country -- BB:80, P:89; RC:**, MT:A- [A-]
  • Joe Magnarelli: Three on Two (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Monster Magnet: Cobras and Fire (A Mastermind Redux) (Napalm) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Monster Rally & Jay Stone: Foreign Pedestrians (Gold Robot) [01-27] - -- S:80 [*]
  • Alvar Montfort/Lucas Martinez/Jordi Matas/Abel Boquera/Pep Mula: Underpool 4 (UnderPool) [05-07] - jazz [*]
  • The Montgomery Hermann Quinlan Sextet: Hear, Here (Summit) - jazz [B]
  • Moon B: Lifeworld (Growing Bin) [08-07]
  • Moon Duo: Shadow of the Sun (Sacred Bones) [03-03] - neo-psychedelia -- Pf:66, PM:70
  • Moonlight Saving Time: Meeting at Night (self-released) - jazz
  • Daniel Martin Moore: Golden Age (Sofa Burn) [10-09] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Kip Moore: Wild Ones (MCA Nashville) [08-21] - country
  • Thurston Moore + Mats Gustafsson: Live at Henie Onstad Kunstenter (Prisma) - jazz
  • Allison Moorer: Down to Believing (E1) [03-17] - singer/songwriter -- PM:80 [**]
  • Alicia Hall Moran: Heavy Blue (self-released) - jazz
  • John Moreland: High on Tulsa Heat (Old Omens) [04-21] [A-]
  • Joyce Moreno: Raiz (Far Out) [01-20] - Brazilian traditions
  • Joyce Moreno/Kenny Werner: Poesia (Pirouet) - jazz
  • Whitey Morgan and the 78s: Sonic Ranch (Whitey Morgan Music) - [***]
  • Ikue Mori: Light in the Shadow (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Gurf Morlix: Eatin' at Me (Rootball) [02-03] - Americana -- RC:*** [**]
  • Giorgio Moroder: Deja-Vu (RCA) [06-16] - pop/rock -- BB:70; MT:A- [A-]
  • Joe Morris: Solos Bimhuis (Relative Pitch) [05-21] - jazz
  • Rae Morris: Unguarded (Atlantic) [01-26] - singer/songwriter -- DS:80
  • Cristina Morrison: Baronesa (Jazzheads) - jazz
  • Van Morrison: Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (RCA) [03-24] - -- CS:50, PM:80, RS:70 [*]
  • Flo Morrissey: Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful (Glassnote) [07-17] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Teedra Moses: Congnac & Conversation (Shanachie) [08-07] - contemporary r&b
  • Gunnar Mossblad & Cross Currents: RSVP (Summit) - jazz [**]
  • The Most Serene Republic: Mediac (Fontana) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Moster: When You Cut Into the Present (Hubro) [11-27] - jazz [***]
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Hannover (Jazzwerkstatt) [01-12] - jazz [***]
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Mauch Chunk (Hot Cup) [10-27] - jazz [A-]
  • Motor Sister: Ride (Metal Blade) [03-09] - -- PM:30
  • Motorhead: XXXX: Bad Magic (UDR) [08-28] - heavy metal
  • Sarah Moule: Songs From the Floating World (Red Ram) - vocal jazz
  • Mount Eerie: Sauna (PW Elverum & Sun) [02-03] - pop/rock -- CS:75, Pf:81, PM:80 [B-]
  • The Mountain Goats: Beat the Champ (Merge) [04-07] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80; RC:A-, MT:A- [A-]
  • Mourn: Mourn (Captured Tracks) [02-27] - alt/indie rock -- CS:75, Pf:75, PM:70, RS:70
  • The Mowgli's: Kids in Love (Republic) [04-14] - indie pop [A-]
  • Mr Oizo: The Church (Brainfeeder) [01-13] - club/dance
  • MS MR: How Does It Feel (Columbia/RCA) [07-17] - left-field pop
  • Mueller & Roedelius: Imagori (Gronland) - -- Pf:64
  • Mugwump: Unspell (Subfield) [03-24] - club/dance
  • Georgia Anne Muldrow: Thoughtiverse Unmarred (Mello Music Group) [05-19] - left-field hip-hop
  • Misha Mullov-Abbado: New Ansonia (Edition) - jazz
  • Shawn Mullins: My Stupid Heart (Rounder/Sugar Hill) [10-23] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Mumford & Sons: Wilder Mind (Glassnote) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- BB:80
  • Luis Munoz: Voz (Pellin Music) - jazz
  • Tisziji Munoz & Marilyn Crispell: The Paradox of Independence (MRI) - jazz [**]
  • Mural: Tempo (Sofa) - jazz
  • Murder by Death: Big Dark Love (Bloodshot) [02-03] - alt/indie rock -- CS:50, Pf:58, PM:80
  • Roisin Murphy: Hairless Toys (PIAS) [05-12] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Murs: Have a Nice Life (Strange Music) [05-19] - rap -- HD:70 [A-]
  • Muse: Drones (Warner Bros/Helium-3) [06-08] - alt rock -- BB:60; MT:C+
  • Kacey Musgraves: Pageant Material (Mercury Nashville) [06-23] - country -- BB:90, P:94; RC:*, MT:** [***]
  • Mutoid Man: Bleeder (Sargent House) [07-03] - heavy metal
  • My Disco: Severe (Temporary Residence) [10-30] - new wave/post-punk revival
  • My Dying Bride: Feel the Misery (Peaceville) [09-18] - doom metal -- MO:80
  • My Morning Jacket: The Waterfall (ATO/Capitol) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • Brad Myers: Prime Numbers (Colloquy) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Myrkur: M (Relapse) [08-21] - atmospheric black metal
  • Mylets: Arizona (Sargent House) [04-21] - indie rock
  • The Mynabirds: Lovers Know (Saddle Creek) [08-07] - alt singer/songwriter -- MO:80
  • Simon Nabatov/Mark Dresser: Projections (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Nadastrom: Nadastrom (Friends of Friends) - -- Pf:74
  • Jack Name: Weird Moons (Castle Face) [01-20] - indie rock -- Pf:72
  • Maki Namekawa: Philip Glass: The Complete Piano Etudes (Orange Mountain Music) [01-13] - keyboard
  • Nap Eyes: Whine of the Mystic (Paradise of Bachelors/You've Changed) [07-10] - indie rock
  • Napalm Death: Apex Predator - Easy Meat (Century Media) [01-27] - heavy metal -- Pf:79, RS:70
  • Jimmy Napes: The Making of Me () [03-09] - -- CS:50
  • Anthony Naples: Body Pill (Text) [02-17] - left-field house -- Pf:78, S:80
  • Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet: You've Got to Dig to Dig It, You Dig? (Jazzizit) - jazz
  • Israel Nash: Israel Nash's Silver Season (Loose Music) [10-09]
  • Kyle Nasser: Restive Soul (AISA) [03-24] - jazz [*]
  • Native Construct: Quiet World (Metal Blade) [04-21] - neo-pop
  • Natural Snow Buildings: Terror's Horns (Ba Da Bing)
  • Naytronix: Mister Divine (City Slang) [10-16]
  • The Necks: Vertigo (Northern Spy) [10/30] - jazz [*]
  • Negative Scanner: Negative Scanner (Trouble in Mind) [07-10] - new wave/post-punk revival
  • Josh Nelson: Exploring Mars (Origin) [02-17] - jazz
  • Richard Nelson/Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Deep River (Heliotrope) [09-08] - jazz [*]
  • Sarah Bethe Nelson: Fast-Moving Clouds (Burger) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:74
  • Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard: Django and Jimmie (Legacy) [06-02] - trad country -- P:86; RC:*** [A-]
  • Ne-Yo: Non-Fiction (Motown) [01-27] - r&b -- HD:70, Pf:64, RS:50; MT:B
  • Needtobreathe: Live From the Woods at Fontanel (Atlantic) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • The Neighbourhood: Wiped Out! (Sony BMG) [10-30] - pop/rock -- BB:60
  • Neon Indian: Vega Intl Night School (Mom + Pop/Transgressive) [10-16] - chillwave -- AV:91, CS:75, DS:90, Pf:86, RS:70, S:70 [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Marius Neset: Pinball
  • Marius Neset: Pinball (ACT) [01-30] - jazz
  • Never Shout Never: Black Cat (Loveway/Warner Bros) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • New Order: Music Complete (Mute) [09-25] - alt dance -- MO:80 [A-]
  • New Vocabulary: New Vocabulary (System Dialing) - jazz
  • New Zealand School of Music Big Band: Too Cool (Nzsm Jazz) - jazz
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Live Intentionally! (Essential Messenger) [09-04] - jazz [*]
  • Martin Newell: TEatime Assortment (Captured Tracks) [05-26] - alt/indie rock
  • Joanna Newsom: Divers (Drag City) [10-23] - alt singer/songwriter -- MO:90, P:91
  • Franz Nicolay: To Us, the Beautiful (Xtra Mile) [01-20] - indie rock
  • Pascal Niggenkemper: Look With Thine Ears: Solo (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [**]
  • Night Beds: Ivywild (Dead Oceans) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Night Terrors of 1927: Everything's Coming Up Roses (Atlantic) [01-20] - new wave/post-punk revival
  • Willie Nile: If I Was a River (River House) [01-20] - Americana
  • Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity: Firehouse (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Paal Nilssen-Love: Cut and Bleed (Ideal) - jazz
  • Molly Nilsson: Zenith (Dark Skies Association/Night School) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Michel Nirenberg: Retrato/Portrait (self-released) - jazz
  • Hailey Niswanger: PDX Soul (Calmit Productions) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Nite Fields: Depersonalisation (Felte) [02-03] - indie rock -- Pf:65
  • Niyaz: The Fourth Light (Six Degrees) [03-24] - international [***]
  • No Joy: More Faithful (Mexican Summer) [06-09] - dream pop -- CS:75, DS:60, P:70, Pf:76, PM:90
  • No Pair: Chaos and Order (Long Song) - jazz
  • No Spill Blood: Heavy Electricity (Sargent House) [03-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Noertker's Moxie: Simultaneous Windows (Edgetone) [10-27] - jazz
  • NOFX: Home Street Home: Original Songs From the Shit Musical (Fat Wreck Chords) [02-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Jakob Norgren Jazz Orchestra: Pathfinding (Wime) - jazz
  • Henrik Munkeby Norstebo/Raymond Strid/Nina de Heney: Oslo Wien (Vafongool) - jazz
  • Nosaj Thing: Fated (Timetable) [05-05] - downtempo
  • Not Twice: Flight Plans (Epigraph) - jazz
  • The Notwist: The Messier Objects (Alien Transistor) [02-03] - indie electronic
  • Salim Nourallah: Skeleton Closet () [08-07] - -- P:83
  • Maya Nova: Days (self-released) - jazz
  • Larry Novak: Invitation (Delmark) [11-00] - jazz
  • Novella: Land (Sinderlyn) [05-12] - neo-psycedelia
  • Noveller: Fantastic Planet (Fire) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:70, PM:60
  • Now and on Earth: Blacked Out (Epitaph) [04-14] - heavy metal
  • Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics (Cellar Live) [03-17] - jazz [***]
  • Oz Noy: Asian Twistz (Abstract Logix) [03-17] - jazz
  • Nozinja: Nozinja Lodge (Warp) [06-02] - club/dance [A-]
  • NSU Jazz'Tet: Out Front (NSU Jazz Lab) - jazz
  • The Nu Band: The Cosmological Constant (Not Two) - jazz [**]
  • Nuaia: Belong to the Moon (Boogie Post) - vocal jazz
  • Nuiversum: Ballads of Now & When (Repeat Until Death) - jazz
  • The Oatmeal Jazz Combo: Whole-Wheat Oats (LGY) - jazz
  • Oberhofer: Chronovision (Glassnote) [10-09] - indie pop
  • Anthony Ocana & Nelson Ricart-Guerrero: In Trance (Producciones Los Mafus) - jazz
  • Larry Ochs: The Fictive Five (Tzadik) [10-00] - jazz
  • Larry Ochs-Don Robinson Duo: The Throne (Not Two) - jazz [A-]
  • Ray Obiedo: There Goes That (Rhythmus) - Latin jazz
  • Oddisee: The Good Fight (Mello Music Group) [05-05] - underground rap -- HD:90 [*]
  • Obnox: Boogalou Reed (12XU) [01-27] - -- CS:75, Pf:78
  • Obnox: Know America (Ever/Never) [04-06] - noise rock [*]
  • Caili O'Doherty: Padme (Odo) [07-07] - piano jazz [**]
  • Of Monsters and Men: Beneath the Skin (Republic) [06-09] - indie pop -- BB:70, CS:50, MO:40
  • Of Montreal: Aureate Gloom (Polyvinyl) [03-03] - alt/indie rock -- AV:67, CS:58, P:89, Pf:70, PM:70, RS:60
  • Of Montreal: Snare Lustrous Doomings (Polyvinyl) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: Cuba: The Conversation Continues (Motema Music) [08-21] - jazz [***]
  • Offshore: Offshore (Big Dada) [08-15]
  • OG Maco: 15 EP (self-released, EP) - -- Pf:59
  • John O'Gallagher Trio: The Honeycomb (Fresh Sound New Talent) [02-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Oh Wonder: Oh Wonder (Republic) [09-04] - alt/indie rock
  • Michael Oien: And Now (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [***]
  • Itaru Oki & Axel Dorner: Roots of Bohemian (Improvising Beings) - jazz
  • Tunde Olaniran: Transgressor (Quite Scientific) [08-07] - indie electronic
  • Olavi Trio: Oh, La Vie! (TUM) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Old Dominion: Meat and Candy (RCA) [11-06] - country
  • Old Time Musketry: Drifter (NCM East) [03-31] - jazz [A-]
  • Bartlomiej Oles/Tomasz Dabrowski: Chapters (Fenommedia) - jazz
  • Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet: Sea Changes (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Steve Olson: The Ruthless Shapes of Paradise (self-released) - jazz
  • Tomoko Omura: Roots (Inner Circle Music) - jazz
  • Aki Onda with Loren Connors & Alan Licht: Lost City (Audio Mer) - jazz
  • One Direction: Made in the AM (Columbia/Syco) [11-13] - -- BB:80
  • Oneohtrix Point Never: Garden of Delete (Warp) [11-13] - ambient [**]
  • Open Field + Burton Greene: Flower Stalk (Cipsela) - jazz [***]
  • Opus: Definition (BluJazz) - jazz [B]
  • The Orange Peels: Begin the Begone (Mystery Lawn Music) [05-05] - alt/indie rock
  • The Orb: Moonbuilding 2703 AD (Kompakt) [06-23] - electronic -- DS:80, Pf:67, PM:80, RA:78
  • Orchestre National de Jazz: Europa Berlin (OnJazz) - jazz
  • Cesar Orozco & Kamarata Jazz: No Limits for Tumbao (Alfi) [08-01] - jazz [**]
  • Lindi Ortega: Faded Gloryville (Last Gang) [08-07] - country [***]
  • Kresten Osgood/Masabumi Kikuchi/Ben Street/Thomas Morgan: Kikuchi/Street/Morgan/Osgood (ILK Music) [05-25] - jazz
  • Igor Osypov Quintet: I (Unit) - jazz
  • Other Lives: Rituals (PIAS) [05-05] - indie rock
  • Ought: Sun Coming Down (Constellation) [09-18] - post-punk -- MO:100, Pf:80 [*]
  • Outfit: Slowness (Memphis Industries) [06-15] - art pop
  • Owiny Sigoma Band: Nyanza (Brownswood) [09-25] -
  • Owl City: Mobile Orchestra (Island/Republic) [07-10] - indie electronic
  • OZO: A Kind of Zo (Clean Feed) [05-30] - jazz [A-]
  • Jose Padilla: So Many Colours (International Feel) [06-01]
  • Painted Palms: Horizons (Polyvinyl) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Gabriel Palatchi: Trivolution (self-released) - jazz
  • Caterina Palazzi SudoKu KilleR: Infanticide (Auand) - jazz
  • Pale Blue: The Past We Leave Behind (2mr/Captured Tracks) [04-14] - alt dance
  • Palehound: Dry Food (Exploding in Sound) [08-14] - indie rock -- CS:75, Pf:80, RS:80, S:70
  • Palma Violets: Danger in the Club (Rough Trade) [05-05] - indie rock
  • Palmbomen II: Palmbomen II (Beats in Space) - -- Pf:73
  • Matt Panayides: Conduits (Pacific Coast Jazz) - jazz [*]
  • Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper (Domino) [01-13] - alt/indie rock -- AV:67, BB:80, CS:75, P:85, Pf:87, PM:80, S:80 [B]
  • Panda Bear: Crosswords (Domino, EP) [11-13] - indie electronic -- Pf:71
  • Papa Roach: FEAR (Eleven Seven) [01-27] - pop-metal -- RS:50
  • The Paranoid Style: Rock and Roll Just Can't Recall (Worldwide Battle, EP) [03-02] - -- RC:A [***]
  • Paris: Pistol Politics (Guerrilla Funk, 2CD) [09-11] - rap -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Han-Earl Park: Anomic Aphasia (Slam) - jazz
  • Evan Parker/Motoharu Yoshizawa: Two Chaps (Chap Chap) - jazz
  • Evan Parker/Peter Jacquemyn: Marsyas Suite (El Negocito) [05-28] - jazz [***]
  • Evan Parker/Joe Morris/Nate Wooley: Ninth Square (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Graham Parker and the Rumour: Mystery Glue (Universal) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • William Parker: For Those Who Are Still (AUM Fidelity) [08-21] - jazz
  • William Parker/Raining on the Moon: Great Spirit (AUM Fidelity) [11-06] - jazz [A-]
  • William Parker Quartet: Live in Wroclove (ForTune) [08-17] - jazz
  • Parkland: Singularity (Offseason) [10-09] - pop/experimental
  • Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe: I Declare Nothing (A) [06-29] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Parquet Courts: Live at Third Man Records (Third Man) - -- Pf:75, RS:70
  • Parquet Courts: Monastic Living (Rough Trade, EP) [11-27] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • Charlie Parr: Stumpjumper (Red House) [04-28] - trad blues [**]
  • Lisa Parrott: Round Tripper (Serious Niceness) [02-24] - jazz [**]
  • Nicki Parrott: Sentimental Journey (Venus) [09-16] - jazz [**]
  • Sarah Partridge: I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin) [03-17] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (Primary) - jazz
  • Pascalito Neostalgia Trio: Citizen Chanteur: Live in NYC (self-released)
  • Pascalito Neostalgia Quartet: Forbidden Colours: Live Bennett Sessions (self-released)
  • Passion Pit: Kindred (Columbia) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • David Patrick Octet: The Rite of Spring (Birnam) - jazz
  • Ben Patterson: For Once in My Life (Origin) [09-18] - jazz [*]
  • Mario Pavone: Blue Dialect (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Tom Paxton: Redemption Road (Pax) [03-10] - -- PM:70
  • Peace: Happy People (Columbia) [02-10] - indie rock
  • Peaceful Solutions: Barter 7 (self-released) [08-17] - rap [A-]
  • Peach Kelli Pop: Peach Kelli Pop III (Burger) [04-21] - pop/punk [*]
  • Peaches: Rub (I U She) [09-25] - Electroclash -- Pf:70, PM:80
  • Gary Peacock Trio: Now This (ECM) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Peals: Seltzer (Thrill Jockey) - -- Pf:70
  • Pearson Sound: Pearson Sound (Hessle) - -- Pf:81
  • Hannah Peel: Rebox 2 () [07-24] - -- MO:80
  • The Peeled Eye: The Peeled Eye (Shameless) - jazz
  • Pelican: The Cliff (Southern Lord, EP) [02-24] - -- Pf:67, PM:40
  • Jeremy Pelt: Tales, Musings and Other Reveries (HighNote) - jazz
  • Renaud Penant Trio: Want to Be Happy (ITI Music) [01-00] - jazz [**]
  • Penguin Prison: Lost in New York (Downtown) [05-05] - alt dance
  • Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair (Summit) - jazz
  • Tiny People Having a Meeting: Tiny People Having a Meeting (Black & Grey/Fast Speaking Music) - jazz [***]
  • People of the North: Era of Manifestations (Thrill Jockey) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Luis Perdomo & Controlling Ear Unit: Twenty-Two (Hot Tone Music) [05-19] - Latin jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/Whit Dickey: Tenorhood (Leo) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris: Counterpoint (Leo) [05-26] - jazz [**]
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Callas (Leo, 2CD) [05-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers (Leo) [10-30] - jazz
  • Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me (Myna) [10-13] - jazz
  • Perfect Pussy: I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling (Captured Tracks) [01-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Jack Perla: Enormous Changes (Origin) [07-17] - jazz [B]
  • Periphery: Juggernaut: Alpha (Summerian) [01-27] - heavy metal
  • Elvis Perkins: I Aubade (MIR) [02-24] - -- CS:58
  • Gretchen Peters: Blackbirds (Proper) [02-10] - Americana [*]
  • Petite Noir: The King of Anxiety (Domino, EP) - -- Pf:82
  • Petite Noir: La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful (Domino) [09-11] - -- Pf:77; MT:C
  • John Petrucelli Quintet: The Way (self-released, 2CD) [02-10] - jazz [*]
  • The Phantom Band: Fears Trending (Chemikal Underground) [01-26] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Phantom Horse: Different Forces (Umor-Rex)
  • Phantom Posse: Home (self-released) - -- Pf:73
  • Simon Phillips: Protocol III (Phantom) [05-15] - fusion jazz [B]
  • The Phoenix Foundation: Give Up Your Dreams (Memphis Industries) [08-07] - ADD -- MO:70
  • Phosphorescent: Live at the Music Hall (Dead Oceans) [02-27] - indie rock -- Pf:60
  • Austin Piazzolla Quintet: APQ (self-released) [J|jazz]
  • Rod Picott: Fortune (Welding Rod) - alt-country [***]
  • Pictureplane: Technomancer (Anticon) [10-30] - club/dance
  • Kate Pierson: Guitars and Microphones (Lazy Meadow Music) [02-17] - pop/rock -- Pf:64, RS:60 [**]
  • Pika: Ryu No Sumika (Telegraph) - -- Pf:70
  • Roberta Piket: Emanation (Solo: Volume 2) (Thirteenth Note) [05-12] - piano jazz [*]
  • Jean-Michel Pilc: What Is This Thing Called? (Sunnyside) [02-03] - jazz
  • Pile: You're Better Than This (Exploding in Sound) [03-03] - -- CS:75, P:87, Pf:74
  • Pill: Pill EP (Dull Tools, EP) - -- Pf:74
  • Pinact: Stand Still and Rot (Kanine) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Pinkshinyultrablast: Everything Else Matters (Shelflife) [01-27] - shoegaze -- DS:80
  • Lucas Pino: No Net Nonet (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • Pins: Wild Nights (Bella Union) [06-09]
  • Benoit Pioulard: Sonnet (Kranky) [03-31] - drone -- DS:70
  • The Pitch: Frozen Orchestra (Amsterdam) (SOFA) - jazz
  • Chris Pitsiokos Trio: Gordian Twine (New Atlantis) [07-10] - jazz [***]
  • Pixel: Golden Years (Cuneiform) [10-16] - jazz [B]
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz (MCG Jazz) [10-23] - Christmas [C]
  • PK (Park Kultury): Get Lost (HSI) - -- RC:**
  • A Place to Bury Strangers: Transfixiation (Dead Oceans) [02-17] - indie rock -- AV:75, CS:43, DS:80, Pf:55, PM:50, S:70 [***]
  • Rozi Plain: Friend (Lost Map) [05-18]
  • Plain White T's: American Nights (Megaforce) [03-31] - emo-pop
  • Austin Plaine: Austin Plaine (Razor & Tie) [09-11] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Platform: Anthropocene (Va Fongool) - jazz
  • Plunge: In for the Out (Immersion) [04-20] - jazz [*]
  • POD: The Awakening (T-Boy) [08-21] - heavy metal
  • Pointed Sticks: Pointed Sticks (Sudden Death) [07-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Polar Bear: Same as You (The Leaf Label) [03-31] - modern jazz
  • Pole: Wald (Pole) - -- Pf:76
  • Robert Pollard: Faulty Superheroes (GBV) [04-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Pond: Man It Feels Like Space Again (Caroline) [01-26] - alt pop/rock -- Pf:76, PM:80
  • Matt Pond PA: The State of Gold (Doghouse) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • The Pop Group: Citizen Zombie (Freaks R Us) [02-24] - experimental -- AV:83, Pf:24, PM:70 [*]
  • Portico: Living Fields (Ninja Tune) [03-31] - downtempo -- DS:80
  • Potsa Lots Plus: Plays Love Suite by Eric Dolphy (Jazzwerkstatt) - jazz [**]
  • Chris Potter Underground Orchestra: Imaginary Cities (ECM) [01-13] - jazz [**]
  • Grace Potter: Midnight (Hollywood) [08-14] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:70
  • Pow!: Fight Fire (Castle Face) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Powertrio: Di Lontan (Clean Feed) - jazz [B]
  • Natalie Prass: Natalie Prass (Sony) [01-27] - pop/rock -- AV:83, CS:91, DS:90, MO:90, P:84, Pf:83, PM:70, RS:70 [*]
  • Jessica Pratt: On Your Own Love Again (Drag City) [01-27] - pop/rock -- BB:90, CS:75, DS:80, P:90, Pf:81, PM:70, RS:60
  • Prefuse 73: Rivington Nao Rio (Temporary Residence) [05-12] - left-field hip-hop -- P:84
  • Prefuse 73: Every Color of Darkness (Temporary Residence) [07-10] - left-field hip-hop
  • Tom Prehn Quartet: Axiom (Corbett vs Dempsey) - jazz
  • Noah Preminger: Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar (self-released) [10-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Sam Prekop: The Republic (Thrill Jockey) [02-24] - experimental electronic -- Pf:74, PM:70
  • Michael Price: Entanglement (Erased Tapes) [04-13] - -- MO:100, PM:70
  • Sean Price: Songs in the Key of Price (Ruck Down) [08-21] - -- HD:80
  • Pridjevi: Pridjevi (Trouble in Mind) [08-07] - neo-psychedelia
  • Dafnis Prieto Sextet: Triangles and Circles (Dafnison Music) [03-09] - jazz
  • Prima Donna: Nine Lives and Forty-Fives (Alive) [02-03] - hard rock
  • Primitive Parts: Parts Primitive (Trouble in Mind) [09-18] - indie rock
  • Prince: HITNRUN Phase One (NPG) [09-14] - -- Pf:45
  • Prince Royce: Double Vision (RCA) [07-24] - latin pop -- BB:70
  • Prism Quartet: Heritage/Evolution, Volume 1 (Innova) [01-27] - jazz [**]
  • The Prodigy: The Day Is My Enemy (Take Me to the Hospital) [03-30] - electronica -- BB:70, CS:67, RS:60
  • Geo Progulakis Trio: Good Start (self-released) - piano jazz
  • Promised Land Sound: For Use and Delight (Paradise of Bachelors) [10-02]
  • Prong: Songs From the Black Hole (SPV/Steamhammer) [03-31] - alt metal
  • Protoje: Ancient Future (Indiggnation Collective/Overstand) - [A-]
  • Protomartyr: The Agent Intellect (Hardly Art) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Prozak: Black Ink (Strange Music) [10-09] - -- HD:60
  • Prurient: Frozen Niagara Falls (Profound Lore) [05-12] - noise -- CS:75, Pf:85, S:80
  • Public Enemy: Man Plans God Laughs (Cobraside) [07-24] - east coast rap -- RC:*
  • Public Image Ltd: What the World Needs Now . . . (Cargo/Red Eye) [09-04] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:68; RC:*
  • Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space (Test Card) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Publicist UK: Forgive Yourself (Relapse) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Puff Daddy: MMM () [11-04] - -- HD:70
  • Joe Pug: Windfall (Lightning Rod) [03-10] - -- PM:70
  • Pulverize the Sound: Pulverize the Sound (Relative Pitch) [05-19] - jazz
  • Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues (Nonesuch) [01-27] - progressive bluegrass -- P:88, PM:80
  • Pure Bathing Culture: Pray for Rain (Partisan/PTKF) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Purity Ring: Another Eternity (4AD) [03-03] - indie electronic -- AV:67, BB:80, CS:75, P:90, Pf:66, PM:80, RS:70, S:60
  • Puscifer: Money Shot (Puscifer Entertainment) [10-30]
  • Pusha T: King Push - Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude (GOOD Music) [12-18] - hardcore rap [***]
  • PWR BTTM: Ugly Cherries (Father/Daughter/Miscreant) - -- Pf:75
  • Cheryl Pyle/Biggi Venkeloe: Flute Duo/Raw Sound Sweden (self-released) - jazz
  • Pyramids: A Northern Meadow (Profound Lore) - -- Pf:80
  • Quarterbacks: Quarterbacks (Team Love) [02-10] - indie pop -- CS:58, Pf:70, S:80
  • Queensryche: Condition Human (Century Media) [10-02] - arena rock
  • Cristina Quesada: You Are the One (Elefant) [04-14] - indie pop
  • Quelle Chris: Innocent Country (Mello Music Group) [07-10] - -- HD:80, Pf:69
  • Reggie Quinerly: Invictus (Redefinition Music) [03-17] - jazz [*]
  • R City: What Dreams Are Made Of (Kemosabe/RCA) [10-09] - pop-rap
  • R5: R5 (Hollywood) [07-10] - dance pop [*]
  • Bruno Raberg Quartet: Hot Box (Orbis) - jazz
  • Rabit: Communion (Tri Angle) [10-30] - garage pop/grime [**]
  • Abbey Rader's West Coast Quartet: First Gathering (Abray Productions) - jazz
  • Radical Dads: Universal Coolers (Old Flame) [02-14] - -- Pf:72 [A-]
  • Radioactivity: Silent Kill (Dirtnap) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Radkey: Dark Black Makeup (Little Man/Strange Loop) [08-21] - garage punk
  • Raekwon: Fly International Luxurious Art (Ice H2O/Caroline) [04-28] - hip hop -- AV:67, HD:70, PM:40, RS:60, S:70
  • The Ragpicker String Band: The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog) [08-14] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Rahel: Alkali (self-released) - -- Pf:68
  • Billie Rainbird: Deep Blue (Phantom) [05-29] - alt singer-songwriter [*]
  • Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief (Intakt) - jazz [**]
  • Raised Fist: From the North (Epitaph) [01-20] - heavy metal
  • Fred Randolph: Song Without Singing (Creative Spirit) - jazz [*]
  • Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano: All the Ghosts at Once (Relative Pitch) - jazz
  • Nathaniel Rateliff: Nathaniel Raleliff & the Night Sweats (Stax) [08-21] - retro rock -- MO:80, P:81 [*]
  • Ratking: 700 Fill (self-released, EP) [03-04] - east coast hip hop -- HD:80, Pf:72
  • Ranger: Where Evil Dwells (Spinefarm) - speed metal -- Pf:73
  • Ransom: Mike Will Made It (Ear Drummer) - -- Pf:67
  • Mette Rasmussen/Chris Corsano Duo: All the Ghosts . . . (Relative Pitch) [05-19] - jazz
  • Ratatat: Magnifique (XL) [07-17] - indie rock
  • Nathaniel Rateliff: Closer () [01-27] - -- CS:67
  • Michael Rault: Living Daylight (Burger) [05-05] - neo-psychedelia
  • Raury: All We Need (Columbia) [10-16] - hip hop -- CS:50, HD:80, Pf:68
  • Dave Rawlings Machine: Nashville Obsolete (Acony) [09-18] - alt country [*]
  • Enrico Rava Quartet/Gianluca Petrella: Wild Dance (ECM) [08-28] - jazz [**]
  • Raya Brass Band: Raya (self-released) - jazz
  • John Raymond: Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound New Talent) [04-28] - jazz [**]
  • Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You (First Orbit Sounds Music) [06-21] - jazz [*]
  • Real Lies: Real Life (Marathon) [10-16] - -- MO:70
  • Red River Dialect: Tender Gold & Gentle Blue (Hinterground) [07-31]
  • RED Trio: Live in Munich (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Rob Reddy: Bechet: Our Contemporary (Reddy Music) - jazz
  • Amy Reed: Gold Lion (Gold Lion Arts) - jazz
  • Mike Reed's People Places & Things: A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) - jazz [A-]
  • Refused: Freedom (Epitaph) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Jon Regen: Stop Time (Motema Music) [04-28] - -- P:80
  • Rob Reich: Shadowbox (BAG Production) [04-07] - jazz
  • Tomeka Reid: Tomeka Reid Quartet (Thirsty Ear) [09-25] - jazz [A-]
  • Kat Reinhert: Spark (self-released) - jazz
  • Swami John Reis & the Blind Shake: Modern Surf Classics (Swami) [02-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Michel Reis Quartet: Capturing This Moment (Double Moon) [03-10] - jazz
  • The Rempis Percussion Quartet: Cash and Carry (Aerophonic) [06-23] - jazz [A-]
  • Corrina Repp: The Pattern of Electricity (Caldo Verde/Discolexique) - -- Pf:66
  • Reptar: Lurid Glow (Joyful Noise) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • The Resonance Ensemble: Double Arc (Not Two) [09-00] - jazz [***]
  • Retox: Beneath California (Epitaph) [02-10] - hardcore punk
  • Gloria Reuben: Perchance to Dream (MCG Jazz) [04-14] - vocal jazz [**]
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: So Delicious (Shanachie) [02-27] - contemporary blues -- PM:80
  • The Rezillos: Zero (Metropolis) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- PM:70
  • Thomas Rhett: Tangled Up (Valory Music Group) [09-25] - -- BB:70
  • Christian Rich: FW14 (Lucky Number) - -- Pf:75
  • Dawn Richard: Blackheart (Our Dawn) [01-15] - alt r&b -- Pf:80, S:80; MT:C [B]
  • Keith Richards: Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Virgin EMI) [09-18] - album rock -- MO:80, P:90 [B]
  • Jeff Richman: Hotwire (Nefer) [05-19] - jazz
  • Max Richter: From Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon) [04-09] [A-]
  • Ricked Wicky: I Sell the Circus (Guided by Voices) [02-03] - pop/rock -- CS:67, Pf:69, P:82, PM:70
  • Denia Ridley & the Marc Devine Trio: Afterglow (ITI Music) [01-20] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Howard Riley: 10.11.12 (NoBusiness) - jazz
  • Howard Riley: Discussions (Dusk Fire) - jazz
  • Ringo Deathstarr: Pure Mood (Club AC30) [11-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Eve Risser: Des Pas Sur La Neige (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [B]
  • Lee Ritenour: A Twist of Rit (Concord) [08-21] - contemporary jazz
  • Claire Ritter: Soho Solo (Zoning) [05-26] - piano jazz [***]
  • Josh Ritter: Sermon on the Rocks (Pytheas) [10-16]
  • Rival Consoles: Howl (Erased Tapes) [08-26] - -- MO:80, Pf:77, PM:80 [**]
  • River City Extension: Deliverance (Anchor & Hope) [03-10] - -- PM:60
  • Rixton: Let the Road (Interscope) [03-03] - pop/rock
  • RJD2/STS: STS X RJD2 (RJ's Electrical Connections) [05-05] - left-field hip-hop -- HD:70; RC:*** [***]
  • Alasdair Roberts: Alasdair Roberts (Drag City) [01-27] - neo-trad folk -- Pf:73
  • Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee (Constellation) [02-03] - conceptual art -- CS:75, Pf:82 [B-]
  • Matana Roberts: Always (Relative Pitch) [05-19] - jazz
  • Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique: Love Is Free (Konichiwa/Cherrytree/Interscope) [08-07] - club/dance [A-]
  • Jay Rock: 90059 (Top Dawg) [09-11] - hip hop -- CS:67, HD:80, Pf:80
  • Pete Rock: PeteStrumentals 2 (Mello) [06-23] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:70
  • Rocket From the Tombs: Black Record (Fire) [11-13] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Kristo Rodzevski: Batania (self-released) - jazz
  • Jason Roebke: Every Sunday (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Adam Rogers/David Binney: R&B (Criss Cross) - jazz
  • Raphael Roginski: Plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes: African Mystic Music (Bolt) - jazz
  • Sigudur Rognvaldsson: Kisima (Eclipse Music) - jazz
  • The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live (Universal)
  • Mette Henriette Martedatter Rolvag: Mette Henriette (ECM) - jazz
  • Percival Roman: Spiritual Frequencies (self-released) - jazz
  • Roman a Clef: Abandonware (Infinite Best) [06-02] - new wave/post-punk revival
  • Daniel Romano: If I've Only One Time Askin' (New West) [07-31] - alt-country -- RC:**, MT:** [*]
  • Romare: Projections (Ninja Tune) [02-24] - left-field house -- PM:70
  • Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: The Otherworld Cycle (Edgetone) [04-28] - jazz [A-]
  • Rone: Creatures (Infine) [02-10] - indie electronic -- Pf:62
  • Mark Ronson: Uptown Special (RCA) [01-13] - retro-soul -- AV:91, CS:58, DS:80, HD:70, Pf:60, P:88, PM:50, RS:70, S:60
  • Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues & Roots Magic (Clean Feed) - jazz [***]
  • Roots Manuva: Bleeds (Big Dada) [10-30] - punk pop -- MO:90 [B]
  • Whitney Rose: Heartbreaker of the Year (Cameron House) [08-21] - Americana
  • Rose Windows: Rose Windows (Sub Pop) [05-05] - post-rock
  • Daniel Rosenboom: Astral Transference & Seven Dreams (Orenda) [02-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Timme Rosenkrantz: Timme's Treasures (Storyville) - jazz
  • Jeff Rosenstock: We Cool? (Side One Dummy) [03-03] - punk-pop
  • Rick Ross: Black Dollar (Def Jam/Maybach) - -- HD:80, Pf:71
  • Rick Ross: Black Market (Def Jam) [12-04] - gangsta rap
  • Josh Rouse: The Embers of Time (Yep Roc) [04-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Jim O'Rourke: Simple Songs (Drag City) [05-19] - chamber pop -- CS:75, P:80, Pf:86
  • Ada Rovatti: Disguise (Piloo) - jazz
  • Jacob Roved Quintet: Remembering Billy Strayhorn (Gatewaymusic) - jazz
  • Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Enough Still Not to Know (SOFA) - jazz
  • Royal Degal: Not Now (Terrible) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Royal Headache: High (What's Your Rupture?) [08-21] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • RP Boo: Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints (Planet Mu) [06-30] - footwork -- Pf:80, PM:70, S:80
  • Mark Rubin Jew of Oklahoma: Southern Discomfort (Rubinchik) [01-15] - -- RC:A-
  • Kama Ruby: Rock Dreams in Jazz (self-released) - jazz
  • Darius Rucker: Southern Style (Capitol Nashville) [03-30] - -- RS:60
  • Mike Rud: Miniatures (self-released) - jazz
  • Xavier Rudd & the United Nations: Nanna (Nettwerk) [03-17] - singer/songwriter
  • Nate Reuss: Grand Romantic (Fueled by Ramen) [06-16] - -- AV:50, BB:60, Pf:55, PM:60, RS:70, S:40
  • Ruf Dug: Island (Music for Denmark) [06-22]
  • Dan Rufolo: Sacred Jazz (self-released) - piano jazz
  • Charles Rumback/John Tate: Daylight Savings (Ears & Eyes) - jazz
  • Charles Rumback: In the New Year (Ears & Eyes) [12-04] - jazz [***]
  • Rumer: Into Colour (Atlantic) [02-10] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Todd Rundgren: Global (Esoteric Antenna) [04-07] - hard rock
  • Todd Rundgren/Emil Nikolaisen/Lindstrom: Runddans (Smalltown Supersound) [05-05] - ambient techno [B-]
  • RuPaul: Realness (RuCo) [03-02]
  • RuPaul: Slay Belles (RuCo) [10-23]
  • Rush: R40 Live (Anthem/Revolver Music) [11-20] - album rock
  • John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher: Conceits (Emanem) - jazz
  • John Russell/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Stale Liavik Solberg: Will It Float? (Va Fongool) - jazz
  • Tom Russell: Rose of Roscrae (Frontera) [04-14] - Americana
  • Nick Russo and the Hot Jazz Jumpers: The Very Next Thing (On the Bol) [11-03] - jazz
  • Bill Ryder-Jones: West Kirby County Primary (Domino) [11-06] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey: Plucky Strum (Whaling City Sound) - jazz [*]
  • Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II (Ranula Music) - jazz [***]
  • Sachal: Slow Motion Miracles (Okeh) [04-07] - vocal jazz [B]
  • Sam Sadigursky: Follow the Stick (BJU) - jazz
  • Saintseneca: Such Things (Anti) [10-09] - alt/indie rock
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto: Year Book 2005-2014 (Commons) - -- Pf:78
  • Salad Boys: Metalmania (Trouble in Mind) [09-18] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:68
  • Samo Salamon Bassless Trio: Little River (Sazas) - jazz [**]
  • Dino Saluzzi/Horacio Lavandera: Imagenes: Music for Piano (ECM) - jazz
  • Cecile McLorin Salvant: For One to Love (Mack Avenue) [09-04] - vocal jazz [*]
  • San Cisco: Gracetown (Island City) [03-17] - alt/indie rock
  • David Sanborn: Time and the River (OKeh) [04-07] - jazz
  • Antonio Sanchez: Three Times Three (CAM Jazz) - jazz
  • Antonio Sanchez: The Meridian Suite (CAM Jazz) - jazz
  • Marta Sanchez Quintet: Partenika (Fresh Sound New Talent) [03-00] - jazz [**]
  • Christian Sands/Thomas Fonnesbaek/Alex Riel: Take One (Storyville) - jazz
  • Nisse Sandstrom Quintet: Live at Crescendo (Moserobie) - jazz [***]
  • Sannhet: Revisionist (The Flenser) - -- Pf:81
  • Michael Sarian & the Chabones: The Escape Suite (self-released) [11-03] - jazz [**]
  • Joe Satriani: Shockwave Supernova (Sony Music) [07-24] - hard rock
  • Saun & Starr: Look Closer (Daptone) [05-19] - retro soul -- P:83
  • Sauna Youth: Distractions (Upset the Rhythm) [06-08] - indie rock
  • Sean Nicholas Savage: Other Death (Arbutus) [09-25]
  • Savant: Artificial Dance (Rvng Intl) - -- Pf:78
  • Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Cure (429) [03-31] - modern blues -- RC:A-, MT:A [A-]
  • Scarface: Deeply Rooted (Let's Talk) [09-04] - hip hop -- HD:80
  • William Schimmel: Theater of the Accordion (Roven Productions) - jazz
  • Schlippenbach Trio: Features (Intakt) [03-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Julian Schneemann: Roundabout (self-released) - jazz
  • Maria Schneider: The Thompson Fields (ArtistShare) [06-02] - jazz [**]
  • John Schott: Actual Trio (Tzadik) [09-00] - jazz
  • Irene Schweizer/Han Bennink: Welcome Back (Intakt) - jazz [A]
  • John Scofield: Past Present (Impulse) - jazz [***]
  • Adam Scone: I Scream Scone! (Rondette Jazz) - jazz
  • Scorpions: Return to Forever (Sony Music) [02-24] - hard rock
  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Stretch Music (Ropeadope) [09-18] - [*]
  • Jackson Scott: Sunshine Redux (Bloodmoss) [04-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Jill Scott: Woman (Atlantic) [07-24] - adult contemporary r&b -- MT:A- [***]
  • Kendrick Scott Oracle: We Are the Drum (Blue Note) - jazz
  • Travis Scott: Rodeo (Epic/Grand Hustle) [09-04] - rap -- HD:70, Pf:60
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra/Makoto Ozone: Jeunehomme: Mozart Piano Concerto No 9 K-271 (Spartacus) [09-04] - jazz [*]
  • Screaming Females: Rose Mountain (Don Giovanni) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- AV:83, CS:75, Pf:67, RS:60, S:80
  • Scuba: Claustrophobia (Hotflush) [03-23] - techno -- DS:80
  • Sea Ghost: SG () [10-24]
  • Sea of Bees: Build a Boat to the Sun (3 Loop Music) [07-10] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Seal: 7 (Warner Bros) [11-06] - adult contemporary
  • Marc Seales: American Songs Volume 3: Place & Time (Origin) [01-20] - jazz [*]
  • Seapony: A Vision (Burrito Thirty) [07-31] - indie pop
  • Richard Sears Trio: Skyline (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz [***]
  • Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer (Bronzerat) [03-24] - country blues
  • Seaway: Colour Blind (Pure Noise) [10-23] - alt/indie rock
  • Self Defense Family: Heaven Is Earth (Deathwish Inc) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Ty Segall: Mr Face (Famous Class, EP) [01-13] - -- CS:75, P:81, Pf:68
  • Ty Segall Band: Live in San Francisco (Castle Face) [01-27] - alt/indie rock
  • Secret Circuit: Cosmic Vibrations (Emotional Response) - -- Pf:74
  • Secrets of the Sky: Pathway (Metal Blade) [05-19] - doom metal
  • Selasee & the Fafa Family: Time for Peace (self-released) - world
  • Wolfgang Seligo: Wolfgang Seligo Jazz Trio (self-released) - jazz
  • Wolfgang Seligo: Alternative Jazz Piano (self-released) - jazz
  • Senses Fail: Pull the Thorns From Your Heart (07-03) [alt/indie rock]
  • Sevendust: Kill the Flaw (7Bros) [10-02] - alt metal
  • Ron Sexsmith: Carousel One (Compass) [03-30] - singer-songwriter -- DS:70
  • Sextile: A Thousand Hands (Felte) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Martin Sexton: Mixtape of the Open Road (Kitchen Table) [02-10] - alt folk
  • Sexwitch: Sexwitch (Echo/BMG) [09-25] - post-punk -- CS:75, DS:90, MO:80, Pf:64, S:70
  • Seinabo Sey: Pretend (Virgin) [10-23] [*]
  • Nadine Shah: Fast Food (Apollo) [04-06] - indie rock -- DS:80, MO:70, Pf:67
  • Shakey Graves: Nobody's Fool (self-released, EP) [02-09] - -- PM:70
  • Shamir: Ratchet (XL) [05-19] - alt dance -- BB:80; RC:A-, MT:*** [A-]
  • Elliott Sharp: Octal: Book Three (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [***]
  • Elliott Sharp: Sharp? Monk? Sharp! Monk! (Clean Feed) - jazz
  • Elliott Sharp/Scott Fields: Akra Kampoj (New Atlantis) - jazz
  • Andy Shauf: The Bearer of Bad News (Party Damage/Tender Loving Empire) [02-03] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Sheer Agony: Masterpiece (Couple Skate/Omnian) [10-30] - indie rock
  • Duncan Sheik: Legerdemain (Kobalt/Sneaky) [10-09] - alt pop/rock
  • Joan Shelley: Over and Even (No Quarter) [09-04] - alt folk -- Pf:78 [*]
  • Aram Shelton/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Frank Rosaly: Resounder (Singlespeed Music) [08-25] - jazz [***]
  • Andy Sheppard: Surrounded by Sea (ECM) - jazz [**]
  • Sherwood & Pinch: Late Night Endless (Tectonic/On-U Sound) - -- Pf:68
  • Shinies: Nothing Like Something Happens Anywhere (Dirty Bingo) [02-02] - -- DS:80
  • Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp Plays the Music of Allen Lowe (Constant Sorrow) - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke (RogueArt) [01-23] - piano jazz
  • Matthew Shipp and Mat Walerian Duo: Live in Okuden (ESP-Disk) - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: Our Lady of the Flowers (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble: The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael (Relative Pitch) [04-07] - jazz
  • Matthew Shipp Trio: The Conduct of Jazz (Thirsty Ear) [10-00] - jazz [A-]
  • Shit & Shine: 54 Synth-Brass 38 Metal Guitar 65 Cathedral (Rocket) [03-16] - -- DS:80
  • Shit & Shine: Chakin' (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • Shit and Shine: Everybody's a Fuckin Expert (Editions Mego) [09-04] - club/dance
  • Shlohmo: Dark Red (True Panther Sounds) [04-06] - indie electronic -- HD:70 [***]
  • Shopping: Consumer Complaints (Fat Cat) [05-26] - new wave/post-punk revival
  • Shopping: Why Choose (Fat Cat) [10-02] - new wave/postpunk revival
  • Shopping: Urge Surfing (self-released) [04-26] - punk [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Shopping: Gizzard Shingles
  • Shopping: Gizzard Shingles (self-released) [06-27] - punk
  • Josh Shpak Band: Astatic (Interrobang) - jazz
  • Adam Shulman Sextet: Here/There (OA2) [04-15] - jazz [B]
  • Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Sounds and Cries of the World (Pi) [09-18] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Sick Sad World: Fear and Lies (Help Yourself) [04-21] - noise pop
  • The Sidekicks: Runners in the Nerved World (Epitaph) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:74
  • Sightings: Amusers and Puzzlers (DAIS)
  • The Silence: The Silence (Drag City) [03-24] - neo-psychedelia
  • The Silence: Hark the Silence (Drag City) [11-20] - neo-psychedelia
  • Silicon: Personal Computer (Weird World) [08-28] - indie electronic
  • Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg/Hampus Lindwall: If Nothing Else (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Judy Silvano with Michael Abene: My Dance (JSL) [01-06] - vocal jazz [B-]
  • Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year (self-released) [10-23] - jazz
  • Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown: The Devil to Pay (Ruf) - blues
  • Simply Red: Big Love (EastWest/Rhino) [06-02] - adult contemporary
  • Guilty Simpson: Detroit's Son (Stones Throw) [09-11] - left-field hio-hop -- HD:80
  • Alex Sipiagin: Balance 38-58 (Criss Cross) [02-17] - jazz [***]
  • The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet: Come to Me (Stonebird Productions) - jazz
  • Arshak Sirunyan: Serendipity (self-released) - jazz
  • Jeremy Siskind: Housewarming (Brooklyn Jazz Underground) [02-24] - jazz
  • Siskiyou: Nervous (Constellation) [01-20] - indie rock
  • Sisqo: Last Dragon (Massenburg) [02-10] - contemporary r&b -- RS:50
  • Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Musique De Nuit (Six Degrees) - jazz
  • Gino Sitson: VoiStrings (Buda Musique) - vocal jazz
  • Rotem Sivan Trio: A New Dance (Fresh Sound New Talent) [09-01] - jazz [*]
  • Blaise Siwula/Luciano Troja/John Murchison: Beneath the Ritual (No Frills Music) - jazz
  • Blaise Siwula/Carsten Radtke/Joe Hertenstein: Past the Future (No Frills Music) - jazz
  • Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic (Drag City) [02-17] - guitar virtuoso -- Pf:76, PM:50
  • Skatebard: CDIII (Balsa Wood) [10-23] - club/dance
  • Skrillex/Diplo: Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U (Atlantic/Mad Decent/OWSLA) [02-27] - electronic -- CS:43, Pf:68, RS:70, S:70; RC:**, MT:A- [***]
  • Skydive Trio: Sun Moee (Hubro) [04-17] - jazz [***]
  • A Skylit Drive: ASD (Tragic Hero) [10-09] - screamo
  • Slaves: Are You Satisfied (Virgin EMI) [06-02]
  • Slayer: Repentless (Nuclear Blast) [09-11] - speed/thrash metal -- BB:60, Pf:68
  • SLD Trio: Anfitrion (self-released) - jazz
  • Sleaford Mods: Key Markets (Harbinger Sound) [07-24] - art punk -- CS:75, Pf:75, PM:70; RC:*, MT:A- [A-]
  • Sleater-Kinney: No Cities to Love (Sub Pop) [01-20] - alt pop/rock -- AV:91, CS:91, DS:90, MO:100, P:90, Pf:87, PM:90, RS:80, S:90; RC:A, MT:A+ [*]
  • Sleep Canyon Rangers: Radio (Rounder) [08-28] - bluegrass
  • Sleeping With Sirens: Madness (Epitaph) [03-17] - emo-pop
  • Solveig Slettahjell-Knut Reiersrud with In the Country: Trail of Souls (ACT) - jazz
  • Slim Twig: Thank You for Stickin' With Twig (DFA) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Slime: Company (Weird World) [08-14] - indie electronic
  • Slobber Pup: Pole Axe (Rare Noise) [10-30] - jazz [**]
  • Slug: Ripe (Memphis Industries) [04-14] - indie pop -- DS:80
  • Slutever: Almost Famous (self-released, EP) [02-17] - -- RC:A- [**]
  • Slum Village: Yes! (Ne'astra) [06-16] - -- HD:70
  • Small Feet: From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean (Barsuk) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Smallpools: Lovelap! (RCA) [03-24] - indie pop
  • Daniel Smith: Jazz Suite for Bassoon (Summit) [06-05] - jazz [B]
  • Enoch Smith Jr: Misfits II: Pop (Misfitme Music) [05-19] - jazz [B]
  • Joe Smith & the Spicy Pickles: High Fidelity (self-released) - jazz
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: Euclid (Western Vinyl) - -- Pf:73
  • Lee Smith: My Kind of Blues (Vectordisk) - jazz
  • Rob Smith: Mixwork in Dub (Echo Beach) [02-17] - electronic
  • Steve Smith and Vital Information NYC Edition: Viewpoint (BFM Jazz) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Wadada Leo Smith Duo with John Lindberg: Celestial Weather (TUM) [10-16] - jazz [***]
  • The Smoking Trees: TST (Ample Play) [07-10] - indie pop
  • Snarky Puppy/Metropole Orkest: Sylva (Impulse!) [05-26] - jazz [***]
  • Jim Snidero: Main Street (Savant) - jazz [A-]
  • Snik: Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed) - jazz [**]
  • Snoop Dogg: Bush (Columbia/Doggystyle) [05-12] - west coast rap -- BB:60, HD:70
  • So Stressed: The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art (Honor Press) [05-26]
  • Soak: Before We Forgot How to Dream (Rough Trade) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Soccer Team: Real Lessons in Cynicism (Dischord) [10-27]
  • The Soft Moon: Deeper (Captured Tracks) [03-31]
  • Bjørn Solli: Aglow: The Lyngør Project Vol. 1 (Lyngør) [05-04] - jazz [**]
  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: The High Country (Polyvinyl) [06-02] - indie pop
  • Jimmy Somerville: Homage (Strike Force Entertainment) [03-10] - alt dance
  • Son Lux: Bones (Glassnote) [06-23] - electronic -- CS:50, DS:80, P:80, Pf:72, PM:30
  • Sonar: Black Light (Cuneiform) - jazz
  • Songhoy Blues: Music in Exile (Atlantic) [02-23] - alt/indie rock -- MT:A- [A-]
  • Songsmith Collective: Songsmith Collective (Blujazz) - jazz [B]
  • Sonic Jesus: Neither Virtue Nor Anger () [04-16] - -- DS:80
  • The Sonics: This Is the Sonics (Revox) [03-31] - alt/indie rock -- CS:58, PM:60 [***]
  • Sonny & the Sunsets: Talent Night at the Ashram (Polyvinyl) [02-27] - AV:75,alt/indie rock -- Pf:70, PM:70
  • Sons of Kemet: Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do (Naim Jazz) [10-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Sophie: Product (Numbers) - electronica [**]
  • Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Thomas Pridgen: Sopko Laswell Pridgen (self-released) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • Sorcerer: In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross (Metal Blade) [03-24] - Scandinavian metal
  • Soukast/Benjamin Taubkin: Sounds of Life (Adventure Music)
  • Soule Monde: Smashed World (Ropeadope) - jazz
  • Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami (Monkeytown) [07-27] - Middle Eastern traditions -- MO:80; MT:A- [A-]
  • Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo (Caco World Music) [09-18] - boogaloo [*]
  • The Spanish Donkey: Raoul (Rare Noise) [04-07] - jazz [B]
  • Jordin Sparks: Right Here Right Now (Louder Than Life) [08-21] - contemporary r&b
  • SPC ECO: Dark Matter (Saint Marie) [11-20] - trip-hop
  • Amy Speace: That Kind of Girl (Windbone) [03-02] - -- PM:70
  • Speedy Ortiz: Foil Deer (Carpark) [04-21] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80, P:81; RC:A- [*]
  • Martin Speicher/Peter Geisselbrecht/Jorg Fischer: Spicy Unit (Spore Print) - jazz [A-]
  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party 2015 (Mom + Pop Music) [03-24] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67
  • Vic Spencer: The Cost of Victory (self-released) - -- Pf:77
  • Spector: Math Boys (Caroline/Fiction) [08-21] - synthpop
  • Spectres: Dying (Sonic Cathedral) [02-24] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Chris Spedding: Joyland (Cleopatra) [01-20] - pop/rock
  • Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words (Hux)
  • Skylar Spence: Prom King (Carpark) - -- Pf:70 [A-]
  • Spike Orchestra: Ghetto (self-released) - jazz
  • Spin Marvel: Infolding (RareNoise) [03-02] - jazz [***]
  • Spinifex: Veiled (Trytone) [10-01] - jazz [**]
  • Spiro: Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow (Real World) - jazz
  • The Spook School: Try to Be Hopeful (Fortuna Pop) [10-09] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80 [**]
  • Spraynard: Mable (Jade Tree) [07-10] - punk-pop
  • Sputnik3: Orbits (Mainland) - jazz
  • Squarepusher: Damogen Furies (Warp) [04-21] - drill'n'bass
  • Squeeze: Cradle to the Grave (Virgin EMI) [10-02] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife (Interscope) [01-06] - rap -- HD:70, P:81, Pf:78, RS:80, S:60; RC:A- [***]
  • SSBT: 247 Main (Astral Spirits) - jazz
  • St Germain: St Germain (Nonesuch) - jazz
  • Lara St John: Shiksa (Ancalagon) - jazz
  • Jan St Werner: Miscontinuum Album (Fiepblatter Catalogue #3) (Thrill Jockey) [01-27] - electronic -- Pf:78, PM:70
  • Stacey & Alan: A Love Like Yours (Night, Night the Elephant) - jazz
  • Terell Stafford: Brotherlee Love: Celebrating Lee Morgan (Capri) [06-16] - jazz [**]
  • Mary Stallings: Feelin' Good (HighNote) - jazz
  • Ralph Stanley: A Man of Constant Sorrow (Cracker Barrel) [01-19] - -- PM:60
  • Mavis Staples: Your Good Fortune (Anti, EP) [04-21] - retro soul [***]
  • Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (1999, dBpm) [02-17] - southern gospel -- PM:80, RS:80; MT:** [**]
  • Vince Staples: Summertime '06 (Def Jam) [07-03] - gangsta rap -- BB:80, HD:90; RC:B+ [***]
  • Chris Stapleton: Traveller (Mercury Nashville) [05-05] - country-rock -- BB:80 [*]
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act 1 (Evolver) [05-20] - jazz [**]
  • Ben Stapp & the Zozimos: Myrrha's Red Book: Act II (Evolver) - jazz [B]
  • Ringo Starr: Postcards From Paradise (Universal) [03-31] - pop/rock -- RS:70
  • Michael Stasis: RIP III (Arbutus) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Static Daydream: Static Daydream (Moon Sound/Saint Marie) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Statik Selektah: Lucky 7 (Showoff/Duck Down Music) [07-07] - hip hop -- HD:80, Pf:50 [**]
  • John Statz: Tulsa (self-released) [03-10] - -- PM:70
  • The Staves: If I Was (Atlantic) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80
  • Stealing Sheep: Not Real (Heavenly) [04-14] - indie rock
  • Steel Bridge Trio: Different Clocks (Relay) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Colin Stetson/Sarah Neufeld: Never Were the Way She Was (Constellation) [04-28] - instrumental rock -- DS:80 [A-]
  • Matthew Stevens: Woodwork (Whirlwind) - jazz
  • Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell (Asthmatic Kitty) [03-31] - indie folk -- CS:100, DS:90, MO:90, P:95, PM:60, RS:80; RC:*, MT:B+ [***]
  • Grant Stewart: Trio (Cellar Live) [05-00] - jazz [**]
  • Rod Stewart: Another Country (Capitol/Decca) [10-23] - adult contemporary
  • Stick in the Wheel: From Here (self-released) [09-25]
  • Stirrup: A Man Can't Ride on One (Whistler) - jazz
  • Chadwick Stokes: The Horse Comanche (Ruffshod/Thirty Tigers) [02-03] - -- PM:70
  • Stolen Hearts: Dirty Southern Soul (self-released) - jazz
  • Kelley Stoltz: In Triangle Time (Castle Face) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Angie Stone: Dream (Shanachie) [11-06] - adult r&b
  • Joss Stone: Water for Your Soul (Stone'd) [07-31] - adult alt pop/rock -- BB:40, P:83; MT:C
  • Steve Stone: Malta Bend (Strange Music) [07-03] - midwest rap
  • Stones: Three Blind Mice (Flying Nun) [03-03] - New Zealand rock
  • Stornoway: Bonxie (Cooking Vinyl) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Dexter Story: Wondem (Soundway) [10-23] - [*]
  • Stove: Is Stupider (Exploding in Sound) [11-20] - noise rock
  • John Stowell/Michael Zilber Quartet: Live Beauty (Origin) [02-17] - jazz [***]
  • George Strait: Cold Beer Conversation (MCA Nashville) [09-25] - country -- BB:70
  • Strange Wilds: Subjective Concepts (Sub Pop) [07-24] - alt/indie rock -- P:84
  • Stranger Cat: In the Wilderness (Joyful Noise) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • E.J. Strickland Quintet: The Undying Spirit (Strick Muzik) [03-17] - jazz
  • Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm: Robin Goodie (Whirlwind) [02-03] - jazz
  • Strung Out: Transmission Alpha Delta (Fat Wreck Chords) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line: Wake (Blue Pig) [02-24] [B]
  • Dave Stryker: Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone) [04-07] - jazz [***]
  • Yuhan Su: A Room of One's Own (Inner Circle Music) - jazz
  • Ike Sturm + Evergreen: Shelter of Trees (Kilde) [11-10] - jazz [B-]
  • Sublime With Rome: Sirens (BMG/Chrysallis/Ingrooves/Vagrant) [07-17] - alt/indie rock -- BB:40
  • Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show (RCA) [01-13] - contemporary r&b -- HD:80, Pf:81, S:80; MT:*** [***]
  • Sumac: The Deal (Profound Lore) [02-27] - -- Pf:74, PM:70
  • Sun Club: The Dongo Durango (ATO) [10-30] - indie pop
  • Sun Kil Moon: Universal Themes (Caldo Verde) [06-02] - singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:91, DS:80, P:84, Pf:60, PM:80, S:80 [***]
  • Sun Hotel: Rational Expectations (Community) [02-03] - -- CS:67
  • Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen: Babylon Live (In+Out) [09-04] - jazz [**]
  • Susanne Sundfor: Ten Love Songs (Sonnet Sound) [02-16] - pop/rock -- MO:100 [*]
  • Sunn O))): Kannon (Southern Lord) [12-04] - doom metal
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Planning Weed Like It's Acid/Life Is Loss (Mis Ojos Discos) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Superheaven: Ours Is Chrome (Side One Dummy) [05-05] - hard rock
  • Superimpose: Edinburgh (Wide Ear) - jazz
  • Surf City: Jekyl Island (Fire) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Surfer Blood: 1000 Palms (Joyful Noise) [05-12] - indie rock
  • Survival Unit III: Straylight (Pink Palace) - jazz [***]
  • Svenska Kaputt: Suomi (Moserobie) - jazz [A-]
  • Swallow the Sun: Songs From the North I, II & III (Sony) [11-13] - metal
  • Swamp Dogg: The White Man Made Me Do It (Alive/SDEG) [01-13] - soul -- PM:80 [*]
  • The Sway Machinery: Purity and Danger (3rd Generation) [03-03] - -- CS:58
  • Earl Sweatshirt: I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Columbia) [04-14] - -- AV:83, CS:75, HD:80, PM:80, S:80 [*]
  • Sweet Baboo: The Boombox Ballads (Moshi Moshi) [08-14] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Steve Swell: Kanreki: Reflection & Renewal (Not Two, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • Steve Swell's Kende Dreams: Hommage a Bartok (Silkheart) - jazz [A-]
  • Steve Swell: The Loneliness of the Long Distasnce Improviser (Swell) [12-15] - jazz [***]
  • Swervedriver: I Wasn't Born to Lose You (Cobraside) [03-03] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75, CS:67, Pf:70 [B]
  • Swim Deep: Mothers (RCA) [09-25] - -- DS:70
  • Switchback: Switchback (Multikulti) - jazz
  • The Sword: High Country (Razor & Tie) [08-21] - psychedelic
  • Curt Sydnor: Materials and Their Destiny (Ears & Eyes) [09-04] - jazz [**]
  • Szandra Szoke Quintet: Memory Palace (Hunnia) - vocal jazz
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism (Six Shooter) [01-25] - folk [***]
  • Aki Takase/Ayumi Paul: Hotel Zauberberg (Intakt) [02-00] - jazz [***]
  • Ta-Ku: Songs to Make Up To (Fool's Gold, EP) [06-12] - -- HD:80
  • Tal National: Zoy Zoy (Fat Cat) [04-14] - Afro-beat -- RC:A-, MT:A- [***]
  • Talk in Tongues: Alone With a Friend (Fairfax) [05-19] - alt/indie rock
  • Tall Tales & the Silver Lining: Tightropes (Other Music) [02-24] - alt/indie rock
  • The Tallest Man on Earth: Dark Bird Is Home (Dead Oceans) [05-12] - alt singer/songwriter -- P:85
  • Tom Tallitsch: All Together Now (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Tamaryn: Cranekiss (Mexican Summer) [08-28] - shoegaze
  • Tame Impala: Currents (Caroline) [07-17] - alt/indie rock -- P:94; MT:C+ [*]
  • Tamia: Love Life (Def Jam) [06-09] - adult r&b -- BB:80
  • Tamikrest: Taksera (Glitterbeat) - Saharan rock -- RC:* [**]
  • Davide Tammaro: Ghosts (self-released) [05-26] - jazz [B]
  • Tanlines: Highlights (True Panther Sounds) [05-19] - indie electronic
  • Tarana: A Fire of Flowers Grows Around Us (Wondermachine Music) - jazz
  • Tartu Popi Ja Roki Instituut: Marienbad (Minty Fresh) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan: In the Blazes (First of 3) [10-06]
  • Chip Taylor: The Little Prayers Trilogy (Train Wreck, 3CD) [10-14] - alt country
  • James Taylor: Before This World (Concord) [06-16] - -- BB:70, CS:56, RS:70 [C+]
  • Mark Taylor and the Big Band: To the Edge (Writegroove) - jazz
  • Sam Taylor: My Future Just Passed (Cellar Live) - jazz
  • Tea Cup Gin: Underground Love (self-released) - jazz
  • Team Hegdal: Vol 3 (Particular) [06-02] - jazz
  • Teho Teardo: Ballyturk (Specula) [09-11]
  • Tech N9ne: Special Effects (Strange) [05-04] - hip hop -- HD:70
  • Teen Daze: Morning World (Paper Bag) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Teen Men: Teen Men (Bar/None) [06-09] - -- CS:58, P:89, PM:70
  • Teeth of the Sea: Highly Deadly Black Tarantula (Rocket) [11-06]
  • John Tejada: Signs Under Test (Kompakt) [02-03] - club/dance -- Pf:74, PM:80
  • Telekinesis: Ad Infinitum (Merge) [09-18] - synthpop -- Pf:64
  • The Telescopes: Hidden Fields (Tapete) [08-21] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80
  • Tenement: Predatory Headlights (Don Giovanni) [06-02] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Terakaft: Alone (Tenere) (Out Here) [09-04] - African -- RC:B+ [***]
  • Jacky Terrasson: Take This (Impulse) [02-24] - post-bop [**]
  • Terrerapadequ: Chlopingle (Creative Sources) - jazz
  • Texas: Texas 25 (PIAS) [02-27] - adult alt pop/rock
  • The-Dream: Crown Jewel () [12-31] - -- BB:70
  • Thee Oh Sees: Mutilator Defeated at Last (Castle Face) [05-19] - indie rock
  • THEESatisfaction: EarthEE (Sub Pop) [02-24] - alt r&b -- AV:83, CS:67, Pf:68, PM:80
  • These Tall Trees: And All Things In-Between (self-released) [03-02] - -- PM:60
  • They Might Be Giants: Glean (Idlewild) [04-21] - -- MT:** [*]
  • The Thing/Thurston Moore: Live (The Thing/Trost) - jazz
  • The Thing: Shake (Thing) [10-30] - jazz [***]
  • Katie Thiroux: Introducing Katie Thiroux (BassKat) [02-03] - jazz [A-]
  • This Is the Kit: Bashed Out (Brassland) [04-06] - -- DS:80
  • Brianna Thomas: You Must Believe in Love (Sound On Purpose) [05-26] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Rob Thomas: The Great Unknown (Atlantic) [08-21] - pop/rock
  • Fred Thomas: All Are Saved (Polyvinyl) [04-07] - alt/indie rock -- P:83
  • Richard Thompson: Still (Fantasy) [06-23] - folk rock -- DS:70, MO:80, Pf:75, PM:70, RS:70; RC:** [***]
  • Vance Thompson's Five Plus Six: Such Sweet Thunder (Shade Street) [01-06] - jazz [**]
  • Henry Threadgill Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound (Pi, 2CD) [05-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Thunderbitch: Thunderbitch (Thunderbitch) [08-29] - -- CS:67, P:80, RS:70
  • TI: Da Nic (King) [09-11] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:69, S:70; RC:***
  • Tigercats: Mysteries (Fortuna Pop) [03-10] - indie pop
  • Tijuana Panthers: Poster (Innovative Leisure) [08-28] - alt/indie rock
  • Bryson Tiller: Trapsoul (RCA) [10-02] - r&b
  • Timeghost: Cellular (Load)
  • Timmy's Organism: Heartless Heathen (Third Man) [10-30] - garage punk
  • Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Wedge) [11-20] - African -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Tinashe: Amethyst (self-released) [03-16] - -- Pf:71
  • Tin/Bag: The Stars Would Be Different (Epigraph, EP) - jazz [B]
  • Tink: Winter's Diary (self-released) [06-30] - -- HD:70
  • Scott Tinkler & Greg Sheehan: Federal (Bandcamp) - jazz
  • Title Fight: Hyperview (Anti) [01-27] - indie rock -- CS:67, Pf:76, PM:60, S:70
  • Titus Andronicus: The Most Lamentable Tragedy (Merge) [07-31] - alt/indie rock -- P:91; MT:B [B]
  • To Kill a King: To Kill a King (Xtra Mile) [03-02] - pop/rock
  • Rolo Tomassi: Grievances (Holy Roar) [06-01] - mathcore -- DS:90
  • Too Close to Touch: Nerve Endings (Epitaph) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Torche: Restarter (Relapse) [02-24] - sludge metal -- CS:75, Pf:79, PM:70, S:80
  • David Torn: Only Sky (ECM) [05-04] - jazz [**]
  • Toro y Moi: What For? (Carpark) [04-07] - indie pop -- DS:80 [*]
  • Torres: Sprinter (Partisan) [05-05] - alt/indie rock -- P:92 [*]
  • Adam Torres: Nostra Nova (Misra) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Nedelle Torrisi: Advice From Paradise (Drag City/Ethereal Sequence) [02-27] - alt/indie rock
  • Total Babes: Heydays (Wichita) [05-19] - alt/indie rock -- RC:** [*]
  • Toto La Momposina: Tambolero (Real World) [07-31] - Afro-Colombian
  • Samba Toure: Gandadiko (Glitterbeat) [02-03] - African -- RC:*** [***]
  • T-Pain: The Iron Way (self-released) [03-27] - -- BB:60, Pf:61
  • Traams: Modern Dancing (Fat Cat) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Meghan Trainor: Title (Epic) [01-13] - contemporary pop/rock -- BB:60, RS:60, S:40 [***]
  • Translator: Sometimes People Forget (Omnivore) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Boubacar Traore: Mbalimaou (Lusafrica) [02-10] - Mali [**]
  • Theo Travis' Double Talk: Transgression (Esoteric Antenna) - jazz
  • Tree: Trap Genius (self-released) [02-24] - -- CS:67, Pf:71
  • Trembling Bells: The Sovereign Self (Tin Angel) [06-29] - psychedelic folk
  • Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad's Certain Times (Iridium) - jazz
  • Trinidad James: No One Is Safe (self-released) - -- Pf:55
  • Trio Chemirani: Dawar (Harmonia Mundi) [02-10] - -- PM:70
  • Trio DEF: Trio DEF (TetraArtist) - jazz
  • Tripes: Suicide Jazz (COAX) - jazz
  • Triptides: Azur (Requiem Pour Un Twister)
  • Trivium: Silence in the Snow (Roadrunner) [10-02] - alt metal
  • John Tropea: Gotcha Rhythm Right Here (STP) [05-15] - pop jazz [B-]
  • Tropics: Rapture (Innovative Leisure) [02-27] - indie electronic -- Pf:67
  • Troy Ave: Major Without a Deal (BSB/Empire) [06-05] - hip hop -- HD:50
  • Troyka: Ornithophobia (Naim Jazz) [01-26] - jazz
  • The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano (self-released) [09-15] - jazz
  • Ryan Truesdell: Lines of Color (Blue Note/ArtistShare) [03-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experment: Surf () [05-29] - neo-soul -- AV:91, BB:70, HD:80, P:88, PM:90; RC:A [A-]
  • Colin Trusedell: It's All About the Hustle (MyShowsLive) - jazz
  • Trust Fund: No One's Coming for Us (Turnstile) [02-09] - -- DS:80
  • Turbo Fruits: No Control (Melvin) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Frank Turner: Positive Songs For Negative People (Interscope) [08-07]
  • Matt Turner: Virion Impasto (Icker) - jazz
  • Tut: Preacher's Son (self-released) - -- Pf:73
  • Tuxedo: Tuxedo (Stones Throw) [03-03] - alt dance [A-]
  • Twenty One Pilots: Blurryface (Fueled by Ramen) [05-19] - indie pop -- BB:60
  • Twerps: Range Anxiety (Merge) [01-27] - noise pop -- CS:58, Pf:75, P:85, PM:70
  • Twin Danger: Twin Danger (Universal) [07-03] - jazz
  • Twin River: Should the Light Go Out (Light Organ) - -- Pf:69
  • Twin Shadow: Eclipse (Warner Bros) [03-17] - synthpop -- BB:60, CS:67, P:80, Pf:49, PM:70, RS:60, S:80
  • Twinsmith: Alligator Years (Saddle Creek) [05-05] - indie rock
  • Two-9: B4FRVR (Ear Drummer) - -- Pf:65
  • Two Gallants: We Are Undone (ATO) [02-03] - alt singer/songwriter -- CS:25, Pf:69
  • Two Sheds: Assembling (Crossbill) [05-26] - -- P:87, Pf:55
  • Ty Dolla Sign: Free TC (Atlantic) [11-13] - r&b
  • Tyga: The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty (Last Kings) [06-23] - hip hop -- HD:40, Pf:30, PM:50
  • Tyler, the Creator: Cherry Bomb (Odd Future) [04-21] - underground rap -- HD:80 [*]
  • Steve Tyrell: That Lovin' Feeling (Concord) [02-10] - standards
  • Helen Tzatzimakis: Soulfully (Cobalt Music) [03-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Jeremy Udden/Nicolas Moreaux: Belleville Project (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • Ufomammut: Ecate (Neurot) [03-30] - sludge metal -- DS:80
  • Birgit Uhler/Leonel Kaplan: Stereo Trumpet (Relative Pitch) [02-17] - jazz
  • Gebhard Ullmann Basement Research: Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines) [02-10] - jazz [***]
  • Ultimate Painting: Green Lanes (Trouble in Mind) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • The Underachievers: Evermore: The Art of Duality (RPM) [09-25] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:75
  • Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista/Columbia) [10-23] - country -- BB:70
  • Unhinged Sextet: Clarity (OA2) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Universal Indians w/Joe McPhee: Skullduggery (Clean Feed) [05-19] - jazz [***]
  • Universal Togetherness Band: Universal Togetherness Band (Numero) [01-20] - disco -- PM:70
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar) [05-26] - alt/indie rock -- P:86 [B-]
  • The Unthanks: Mount the Air (Rabble Rouser) [02-10] - indie folk -- DS:80
  • Upsilon Acrux: Sun Square Dialect (New Atlantis) - jazz
  • Ursula 1000: Voyeur (Insect Queen) [10-30] - funky breaks
  • US Girls: Half Free (4AD) [09-25] - psychedelic pop -- Pf:80, PM:80 [B]
  • Vaadat Charigim: Sinking as a Stone (Burger) [05-19] - shoegaze
  • The Vaccines: English Graffiti (Columbia) [05-26] - alt/indie rock
  • Warren Vache Quintet: Warren Vache Quintet Remembers Benny Carter (Arbors) - jazz [***]
  • Mika Vainio & Franck Vigroux: Peau Froide, Leger Soleil (Cosmo Rhythmatic)
  • Harvey Valdes: Roundabout (self-released) - jazz
  • Manuel Valera & Groove Square: Urban Landscape (Destiny) - jazz [**]
  • Valet: Nature (Kranky) [05-26] - alt/indie rock
  • Peter Van Huffel/Andreas Willers/Oliver Steidle: The Scrambling Ex (FMR) - jazz
  • Syberen Van Munster: Plunge for Distance (self-released) - jazz
  • Vanden Plas: Chronicles of the Immortals: Netherworld Pt 2 (Frontiers) [11-06] - heavy metal
  • Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards (Audiographic) [08-15] - jazz [***]
  • Variable Geometry Orchestra: Lulu auf dem Berg (Creative Sources) - jazz
  • Jacob Varmus Septet: Aegean: For Three Generations of Jazz Lovers (Crows' Kin) [10-23] - jazz [**]
  • Yago Vazquez/Scott Lee/Jeff Hirshfield: Stream (Fresh Sound New Talent) - jazz
  • The Velvet Teen: All Is Illusory (Top Shelf) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Venetian Snares: Thank You for Your Consideration (self-released) - -- Pf:74
  • Venom: From the Very Depths (Spinefarm) [01-27] - heavy metal -- RS:40
  • Verbal Kent: Anesthesia (Mello Music Group) - -- Pf:60
  • Javier Vercher: Wish You Were Here (Musikoz) [03-10] - jazz [***]
  • Verma: Mul.Apin (Trouble in Mind) [11-13] - alt/indie rock
  • Veruca Salt: Ghost Notes (El Camino) [07-10] - alt/indie rock -- P:91; MT:A- [A-]
  • The Very Best: Makes a King (Moshi Moshi) [04-07] - -- CS:58, MO:80, Pf:67
  • Vessels: Dilate (Bias) [03-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Vetiver: Complete Strangers (Easy Sound) [03-24] - alt singer/songwriter -- CS:75, MO:90, PM:60
  • Ramana Veiera: Fado Da Vida (Fate of Life) [10-16] - fado
  • VHOL: Deeper Than Sky (Profound Lore) [10-23] -
  • Luke Vibert: Bizarster (Planet Mu) [10-16] - techno [***]
  • Gabriel Vicens: Days (Inner Circle Music) - jazz
  • Viet Cong: Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67, DS:80, Pf:85, PM:80, RS:60, S:80; MT:C- [**]
  • The View: Ropewalk (Cooking Vinyl) [09-11] - alt pop/rock
  • Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo: Swing Zing! (FV) [06-05] - jazz [**]
  • Alberto Vilas Quinteto: Cronica Cromatica (self-released) - jazz
  • Kurt Vile: B'lieve I'm Goin Down (Matador) [09-25] - singer/songwriter -- AV:91, CS:83, MO:80, Pf:84, PM:80, RS:70, S:80 [B]
  • Villagers: Darling Arithmetic (Domino) [04-14] - alt singer/songwriter -- DS:80, P:82
  • Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise (Gut String) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • Levon Vincent: Levon Vincent (Novel Sound) [02-09] - -- Pf:83, S:80
  • Vision Fortune: Country Music (ATP) [02-10] - alt/indie rock -- P:92
  • Visionist: Safe (Pan) [10-09] - ADD -- Pf:79, S:70
  • Vladan: Ornatments (self-released) - jazz
  • Voicehandler: Song Cycle (Humbler) [06-00] - jazz [*]
  • Lou Volpe: Tremembering Ol' Blue Eyes (Songs of Sinatra) (Jazz Guitar) [11-06] - jazz [**]
  • Anna von Hausswolff: The Miraculous (Other Music) [11-13] - jazz [B]
  • Marco Von Orelli 5: Alluring Prospect (Hatology) - jazz
  • Rocky Votolato: Hospital Handshakes (No Sleep) [04-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Vows: Soon Enough Love (Section Sign) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Vox Arcana: Caro's Song (Relay) [05-26] - jazz [*]
  • Vril: Portal (Delsin) [01-26] - -- S:70
  • Romain Vuilleman: Swinging in Paris (self-released) - jazz
  • Christuan Vuust & Aaron Parks: Storytelling (Aero) - jazz
  • Waco Brothers: Cabaret Showtime (Bloodshot) [12-04] [**]
  • Mark Wade Trio: Event Horizon (self-released) [02-17] - jazz [**]
  • The Waifs: Beautiful You (Compass) [08-14] - contemporary folk
  • The Wainwright Sisters: Songs in the Dark (Fontana) [11-13] - contemporary folk
  • Walabix: Walabix Invite Bart Maris (Becoq) - jazz
  • Wale: The Album About Nothing (Maybach Music/Atlantic) [03-31] - hip hop -- BB:70, CS:50, HD:60, Pf:54, RS:70
  • Walls: Urals (Ecstatic) [05-04] - ambient
  • Walter TV: Blessed (Sinderlyn) [07-10] - indie rock
  • Rick Waldron: Africa (Waldron Music) - smooth jazz
  • The Michael Waldrop Big Band: Time Within Itself (Origin) [03-17] - jazz [B]
  • Butch Walker: Afraid of Ghosts (Dangerbird) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- AV:75
  • Joe Louis Walker: Everybody Wants a Place (ADA/Provogue) [10-09] - blues
  • Ryley Walker: Primrose Green (Dead Oceans) [03-31] - singer-songwriter -- CS:83, P:84 [**]
  • Chris Walla: Tape Loops (Trans) [10-16] - ADD -- CS:50, P:90
  • Eli Wallace/Jon Arkin/Karl Evangelista: Cabbages, Captain, & King (Edgetone) [02-03] - jazz [***]
  • Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet: Intercambio (Patois) [07-07] - Latin jazz [*]
  • Joanna Wallfisch with Dan Tepfer: The Origin of Adjustable Things (Sunnyside) [03-03] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Johannes Wallmann: The Town Musicians (Fresh Sounds New Talent) [08-04] - jazz [***]
  • Christian Wallumrod: Pianokammer (Hubro) - jazz
  • Wand: Golem (In the Red) [03-17] - -- CS:75, DS:70, Pf:70
  • Wand: 1000 Days (Drag City) [09-25] - psychedelic rock -- CS:50, MO:70, Pf:70, PM:70
  • Wara From the NBHD: If Guns Could Speak (Playin Four Keeps) [01-28] - -- CS:67, HD:70
  • Alex Ward Trio & Sextet: Projected/Entities/Removal (Copepod) - jazz
  • Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear: Skeleton Crew (Glassnote) [05-19] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Wardell: Love/Idleness (self-released) [02-10] - -- PM:60
  • Bill Warfield and the Hell's Kitchen Funk Orchestra: Mercy Mercy Mercy (Blujazz) - jazz [*]
  • Warm Soda: Symbolic Dream (Castle Face) [05-12] - alt/indie rock
  • Johanna Warren: Numun (Team Love) [05-19] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder) [05-05] - jazz funk [**]
  • Steve Washington: Right to Love (Mandora) - jazz
  • The Waterboys: Modern Blues (Kobalt) [01-19] - pop/rock
  • Roger Waters: Rogers Waters the Wall () [11-20]
  • Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (Family Hour) [07-24] - singer/songwriter -- P:88
  • Patrick Watson: Love Songs for Robots (Domino) [05-12] - chamber pop -- DS:70, MO:60, P:80, PM:70
  • Juan Wauters: Who Me? (Captured Tracks) [05-12] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • The Wave Pictures: Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon (PIAS) [02-16] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:59
  • Wavves: V (Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros) [10-02] - alt/indie rock -- P:84
  • Wavves/Cloud Nothings: No Life for Me (Ghost Ramp) [06-29] - indie rock -- AV:83, CS:75, Pf:60, PM:70, S:70
  • Wax Idols: American Tragic (Collect) [10-16] - CS:67,Pf:76,RS:70
  • Waxahatchee: Ivy Tripp (Wichita) [04-07] - alt pop/rock -- P:86; MT:** [**]
  • Waxwing: A Bowl of Sixty Taxiderminsts (Songlines) - jazz
  • Weasel Walter & Chris Pitsiokos: Drawn and Quartered (self-released) - jazz
  • The Weather Station: Loyalty (Paradise of Bachelors) [05-12]
  • The Weave: Knowledge Porridge (self-released) - jazz
  • Ryn Weaver: The Fool (Mad Love/Interscope) [06-16] - electropop -- BB:70, CS:50, P:79, Pf:49, PM:70, RS:60, S:70
  • Doug Webb: Triple Play (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Anna Webber's Percussive Mechanics: Refraction (Pirouet) [01-13] - jazz [*]
  • Katharina Weber/Fred Frith/Fredy Studer: It Rolls (Intakt) - jazz [**]
  • The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness (Republic) [08-28] - alt r&b -- HD:90; MT:*** [*]
  • The Weepies: Sirens (Nettwerk) [04-28] - alt/indie rock -- P:82
  • Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts: Blaster (Universal) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Bastian Weinhold: Cityscape (Frame Music) [11-03] - jazz [B]
  • Mark Weinstein: In Jerusalem (Zoho Music) - jazz
  • Walt Weiskopf: Open Road (Posi-Tone) - jazz
  • Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show (SMS Jazz) - jazz [A-]
  • Leo Welch: I Don't Prefer No Blues (Big Legal Mess) [03-24] - blues gospel [***]
  • Paul Weller: Saturn's Pattern (Atlantic) [05-19] - British trad rock -- MO:90
  • Laura Welsh: Soft Control (Universal) [03-10] - pop/rock -- Pf:63
  • Daniel Weltlinger: Koblenz (Rectify) - jazz [**]
  • Westkust: Last Forever (Run for Cover) [07-10] - indie pop
  • Galen Weston: Plugged In (Blujazz) [09-11] - jazz [B-]
  • John Wetton and the Les Paul Trio: New York Minute (Primary PUrpose) - jazz
  • What's Eating Gilbert: That New Sound You're Loooking For (Hopeless) [07-10] - punk-pop
  • Kenny Wheeler: Songs for Quintet (ECM) [01-27] - jazz -- PM:80
  • The Jiggs Whigham International Trio: Live at Nighttown: Not So Standards (Azica) - jazz
  • Whirl: Revolving Rapidly Around an Axis (dEN) - jazz
  • The Whistles & the Bells: The Whistles & the Bells (New West) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Jim White vs the Packway Handle Band: Take It Like a Man (Yep Roc) [01-27] - alt folk -- PM:60
  • Matthew E White: Fresh Blood (Domino) [03-10] - alt/indie rock -- CS:67, P:84, Pf:67
  • White Fang: Chunks (Burger) [10-30] - indie rock
  • White Gzus: Stackin' N Mackin' Vol 2 (self-released) - -- Pf:73
  • White Out with Nels Cline: Accidental Sky (Northern Spy) [10-16] - jazz [**]
  • White Reaper: White Reaper Does It Again (Polyvinyl) [07-17] - garage punk -- P:88 [***]
  • Barrence Whitfield & the Savages: Under the Savage Sky (Bloodshot) [08-21] - soul [*]
  • William Elliott Whitmore: Radium Death (Anti) [03-31] - alt country-rock
  • Carrie Wicks: Maybe (OA2) [10-16] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Widowspeak: All Yours (Captured Tracks) [09-04] - alt/indie rock -- Pf:68
  • Wilco: Star Wars (dBpm) [08-21] - alt/indie rock -- P:80; RC:***, MT:*** [***]
  • Wild Yaks: Rejoice! God Loves Wild Yaks (Ernest Jenning) [06-02] - alt/indie rock
  • Webb Wilder: Mississippi Moderne (Landslide) [09-25] - Americana [*]
  • Dan Wilensky: Made in Portland (self-released) - jazz
  • Ben Williams: Coming of Age (Concord) [04-21] - jazz [B-]
  • Brad Allen Williams: Lamar (Sojourn) [08-07] - jazz [*]
  • Bradley Williams: Investigation (21st Century Entertainment, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • Hank Williams III: Take as Needed for Pain (Bruc/Curb) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Jerry Williams: Gone (Real Gone) [03-03] - blues-rock
  • Joy Williams: Venus (Columbia/Sensibility) [07-03] - Americana
  • Patrick Williams: Home Suite Home (BFM) - jazz [*]
  • Vinyl Williams: Info (Company) [07-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Lena Willikens: Phantom Delia (Comene, EP) - -- Pf:76
  • Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure (Capitol/Virgin) [04-07] - pop/rock
  • Cassandra Wilson: Coming Forth by Day (Legacy) [04-07] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Dave Wilson Quartet: There Was Never (Zoho) [11-06] - jazz [*]
  • Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain: Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions (Random Act) [03-24] - jazz
  • Steven Wilson: Hand.Cannot.Erase. (Kscope) [03-03] - neo-prog -- PM:82
  • Tony Wilson 6Tet: A Day's Life (Drip Audio) [06-30] - jazz [**]
  • Win Win: Primaries (Arts & Crafts) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • Windhand: Grief's Internal Flower (Relapse) [09-15] - doom metal -- CS:91, Pf:78
  • Mark Wingfield: Proof of Light (Moonjune) [02-17] - jazz [B]
  • Ben Winkelman Trio: The Knife (OA2) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Winkler: Jazz and Other Four Letter Words (Cafe Pacific) [06-30] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Charlie Winston: Curio City (Atmospheriques) [02-13] - -- PM:80
  • Michel Wintsch: Roof Fool (Hatology) - jazz
  • Wire: Wire (Pinkflag) [04-21] - post-punk -- MO:90, P:82, RC:*** [***]
  • Deanna Witkowski: Raindrop: Improvisations With Chopin (Tilapia) - jazz
  • Alicia Witt: Revisionary History (Compass) [04-07] - pop/rock
  • Florian Wittenburg: Aleatoric Inspiration (NurNichtNur) - jazz [*]
  • John Wojciechowski: Focus (Origin) [09-18] - jazz [**]
  • Irek Wojtczak & the Fonda-Stevens Group [Wojtczak NYCConnection]: Folk Five (ForTune) - jazz
  • Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit) [06-22] - indie rock -- CS:67, DS:90, MO:90, Pf:74, PM:80, RS:70
  • Wolf Eyes: I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces (Third Man) [10-30] - experimental -- P:84
  • Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss (Sargent House) [08-07] - alt/indie rock -- MO:80 [*]
  • Julia Wolfe: Anthracite Fields (Cantaloupe)
  • Wolff & Clark: Expedition 2 (Random Act) [02-25] - jazz [***]
  • Wolfheart: Winterborn (Spinefarm) [02-02] - -- PM:70
  • James Wolpert: The Entire City (self-released) [01-15] - -- PM:70
  • The Wombats: Glitterbug (Bright Antenna) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Wonder Girls: Reboot (JYP Entertainment) [08-03] - K-pop
  • Juli Wood Quartet: Synnkä Metsä (Dark Forest) (OA2) [08-21] - jazz [**]
  • The Woodshed Orchestra: Brass Bandit (self-released) - jazz
  • Nate Wooley/Dave Rempis/Pascal Niggenkemper/Chris Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic) [01-05] - jazz [**]
  • Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces (Relative Pitch) [02-17] - jazz
  • Nate Wooley Quintet: (Dance to) the Early Music (Clean Feed) - jazz [A-]
  • Nate Wooley/Ken Vandermark: East by Northwest (Audiographic) - jazz [**]
  • Woolfy vs Projections: Stations (Permanent Vacation) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Jamie Woon: Making Time (Polydor) [11-06] - alt singer/songwriter
  • The Word: Soul Food (Vanguard) [05-05] - blues gospel
  • Worriedaboutsatan: Even Temper (This Is It Forever) [03-16] - -- DS:80
  • Worriers: Imaginary Life (Don Giovanni) [08-07] - alt/indie rock
  • Wreckless Eric: America (Fire) [11-13] - alt/indie rock [***]
  • Wrekmeister Harmonies: Night of Your Ascension (Thrill Jockey) [11-13] - heavy metal
  • Lizz Wright: Freedom & Surrender (Concord) [09-04] - adult contemporary r&b
  • Wrinkle Neck Mules: I Never Thought It Would Go This Far (Lower) [02-17] - -- PM:80
  • Wussy: Public Domain Volume 1 (Shake It, EP) [08-14] - -- RC:*** [**]
  • W-X: W-X (Castle Face) [11-06] - alt/indie rock
  • Bill Wyman: Back to Basics (Proper) [07-24] - rock & roll
  • X Ambassadors: VHS () [06-30] - alt rock -- BB:60
  • XADU: Random Abstract (Moonjune) - jazz
  • Xibalba: Tierra Y Libertad (Southern Lord) - -- Pf:76
  • Jamie XX: In Colour (XL/Young Turks) [06-01] - UK bass -- AV:75, BB:90, CS:100, DS:90, HD:90, MO:80, Pf:93, PM:80, RA:52, RS:80, S:90; RC:A-, MT:*** [***]
  • Kazuki Yamanaka: Songs Unconscious-Minded (self-released) - jazz
  • Savina Yannatou/Primavera en Salonico: Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM) [03-06] - Greek folk [**]
  • John Yao and His 17-Piece Instrument: Flip-Flop (See Tao) [06-09] - jazz [***]
  • The Yawpers: American Man (Bloodshot) [10-30] [A-]
  • Years & Years: Communion (Interscope/Polydor) [07-10] - electropop -- BB:70
  • Yelawolf: Love Story (Slumerican/Shady/Interscope) [04-21] - hip hop -- HD:70, Pf:49, RS:60, S:60
  • Yip Deceiver: YPD (New West) [10-09] - new wave/postpunk revival
  • Yo La Tengo: Stuff Like That There (Matador) [08-28] - alt/indie rock -- BB:70, MO:80; RC:A, MT:A [***]
  • Dwight Yoakam: Second Hand Heart (Warner Bros) [04-14] - country:P:89 [B]
  • Yodok III: The Sky Flashes, the Great Sea Yearns (A New Wave of Jazz) - jazz
  • Otomo Yoshihide: Guitar Solo 2015 LEFT (Doubtmusic) - jazz
  • You Blew It!: Pioneer of Nothing (Jade Tree, EP) - -- Pf:67
  • Chris Young: I'm Coming Over (RCA Nashville) [11-13] - neo-trad country
  • Neil Young/Promise of the Real: The Monsanto Years (Reprise) [07-03] - rock -- P:92; RC:**, MT:C+
  • Zora Young and Little Mike and the Tornadoes: Friday Night (self-released) - jazz
  • Young Ejecta: The Planet (Driftless, EP) [01-27] - pop/rock -- Pf:65, PM:50
  • Young Fathers: White Men Are Black Men Too (Big Dada) [04-06] - alt rap -- DS:90, MO:90; RC:A- [**]
  • Young Galaxy: Falsework (Paper Bag) [10-30] - indie pop
  • Young Guv: Ripe 4 Luv (Slumberland) [03-10] - indie pop -- CS:75, DS:80, MO:90, Pf:75 [***]
  • Young L: Final Fantasy (self-released) - -- Pf:69
  • Young Thug: Barter 6 (300/Atlantic) [04-16] - hip-hop -- BB:70, HD:80; RC:**, MT:A [**]
  • Peter Willie Youngtree: Country Hymns (self-released) [10-24]
  • Youth Lagoon: Savage Hills Ballroom (Fat Possum) [09-25] - -- Pf:72
  • Yowler: The Offer (Double Double Whammy) [03-10] - -- CS:75, Pf:80
  • Renee Yoxon: Impossible: Live at Musideum (self-released) - jazz
  • Mia Zabelka: Monday Sessions (Creative Sources) - jazz
  • Ingar Zach/Miguel Angel Tolosa: Loner (Sofa) - jazz
  • Glenn Zaleski: My Ideal (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • Denny Zeitlin/George Marsh: Riding the Moment (Sunnyside) - jazz
  • Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Songs From the Big Book of Love (Pink Palace) [05-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights: Hash Eaters & Peacekeepers (Pink Palace) [05-15] - jazz [***]
  • Torbjorn Zetterberg & Den Stora Fragan: Om Liv Dod (Moserobie) - jazz [**]
  • Zex: Fight for Yourself (Magic Bullet) [02-10] - -- Pf:72, PM:80
  • Zhala: Zhala (Konichiwa) [05-25] - -- Pf:71
  • Omri Ziegele Billiger Bauer: So Viel Schon Hin: 15 Herbstlieder (Intakt) - jazz [*]
  • Carlos "Zingaro": Live at Mosteiro de Santa Clara a Velha (Cipsela) - jazz [**]
  • The Zombies: Still Got That Hunger (Cherry Red/The End) [10-09] - pop/rock
  • John Zorn: Hen to Pan (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: Simulacrum (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ Vol 3 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: The Last Judgment (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons (Tzadik) [08-00] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Inferno (Tzadik) [09-00] - jazz
  • Glenn Zottola: Charlie Parker With Strings Revisited (Classic Jazz) - jazz
  • Yumi Zouma: EP II (Cascine, EP) [03-10] - -- CS:67
  • Zs: XE (Northern Spy) [01-27] - avant-garde -- Pf:80, PM:70
  • Zubatto Syndicate: Zubatto Syndicate 2 (Boscology) [06-09] - jazz [C+]
  • Zu: Cortar Todo (Ipecac) [03-23] - noise rock -- DS:70, PM:80
  • Zun Zun Egui: Shackles Gift (Bella Union) [01-27] - alt/indie rock -- DS:80, MO:90 [*]
  • Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis (Nonesuch) [01-13] - folk -- Pf:41
  • Hamilton [Original Broadway Cast Recording] (Atlantic) [10-16]
  • Have Moicy 2: The Hoodoo Bash (Red Newt) [11-20] - -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Hommage a Eberhard Weber (ECM) [09-11] - jazz [*]
  • I Never Meta Guitar Three (Clean Feed) [03-24] - jazz [**]
  • Nina Revisted: A Tribute to Nina Simone (Columbia/RCA) [07-10] - contemporary jazz
  • We Love Disney 2015 (Verve) [10-30] - children's pop

Reissues, Etc.

  • The 5th Dimension: Up, Up and Away/The Magic Garden/Stoned Soul Picnic/The Age of Aquarius (Raven) [05-26] - AM pop
  • 311: Archive (Sony/Volcano) [07-03] - alt pop/rock
  • John Abercrombie: The First Quartet (1978-80, ECM, 3CD) [12-04] - jazz
  • AFX: Orphaned Deejay Selek: 2006-2008 (Warp) [08-21] - electro-techno
  • Joe Albany: Now's the Time (Interplay) - jazz
  • America: The Warner Bros Years 1971-1977 (Rhino) [07-17] - pop/rock
  • Ernestine Anderson: Swings the Penthouse (1962, HighNote) - jazz
  • Arthur: Dreams and Images (1968, Lightin the Attic) - -- Pf:75
  • Ata Kak: Obaa Sima (1994, Awesome Tapes From Africa) [03-03] - African -- RC:A- [A-]
  • Bobby Bare: The Storyteller: The Anthology 1960-1983 (Raven, 2CD) [04-28] - country
  • The Beach Boys: Beach Boys' Party! Uncovered and Unplugged (Capitol) [11-20] - AM pop
  • Beat Happening: Look Around (Domino) [11-20] - alt pop/rock
  • Bee Gees: 1974-1979 (Reprise/Rhino) [03-24] - contemporary pop/rock
  • George Benson: The Ultimate Collection (Rhino) [03-03] - contemporary r&b
  • Frank Black and the Catholics: The Complete Recordings (Cooking Vinyl) [04-07]
  • David Borden: Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments (1981, Spectrum Spools) - -- Pf:80 [***]
  • The Box Tops: The Original Albums 1967-1969 (Raven) [02-27] - AM pop
  • Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet: No U Turn: Live in Pasadena, 1975 (1975, Dark Tree) [04-14] - jazz [A-]
  • Anthony Braxton: Trio and Duet (1974, Delmark/Sackville) [01-06] - jazz [A-]
  • Willem Breuker Kollektief: Angouleme 18 Mai 1980 (Fou, 2CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Tad Britton: Cicada (1992-93, Origin) [08-21] - jazz [*]
  • Buena Vista Social Club: Lost and Found (Atlantic/Elektra/World Circuit) [03-24] - Afro-Cuban jazz -- DS:80
  • Terri Lyne Carrington: The ACT Years (ACT) [06-09] - jazz
  • John Carter: Echoes From Rudolph's (1977, NoBusiness, 2CD) - jazz [**]
  • Neko Case: Truckdriver Gladiator Mule (Anti) [11-13] - alt country-rock
  • Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits (Elektra/Rhino) [11-20] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Alex Chilton: Ocean Club '77 (Norton) [05-12] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • The Chocolate Watchband: I'm Not Like Everybody Else (Cleopatra/Purple Pyramid) [05-26] - rock & roll
  • The City: Now That Everything's Been Said (1967, Light in the Attic) [10-02] - soft rock
  • Eric Clapton: Forever Man (GC/Reprice/Rhino, 2CD) [04-28] - British blues
  • James Clay: The Kid From Dallas: Tenorman (1956-57, Fresh Sound) - jazz [***]
  • The Clientele: Alone and Unreal: The Best of the Clientele (Merge) [09-04] - -- MO:80; MT:C+
  • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions: Collected Recordings 1983-1989 (Polydor) [07-03] - alt/indie rock
  • The John Coltrane Quintet Featuring Eric Dolphy: So Many Things: The European Tour 1961 (Acrobat, 4CD) [03-10] - jazz
  • John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (Impulse) - jazz
  • Loren Connors: Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko (Family Vineyard) - jazz
  • Continental Drifters: Drifted: In the Beginning & Beyond (Omnivore, 2CD) [07-17] - alt/indie rock [*]
  • Connie Converse: How Sad, How Lovely (Squirrel Thing) [03-17] - folksongs [**]
  • Cowboy Junkies: Notes Falling Slow (Latent/Razor & Tie) [10-30] - adult alt pop/rock
  • Bob Crewe: The Complete Elektra Recordings (Real Gone) [03-10] - AM/pop
  • Crumbsuckers: Life of Dreams/Beast on My Back (Real Gone) [04-07]
  • Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Newport 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series Vol 4 (1955-75, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) [07-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Wild Bill Davison: The Jazz Giants (1968, Delmark/Sackville) [03-17] - jazz [A-]
  • Dead Moon: Live at Satyricon (Voodoo Doughnut) [04-14] - pop/rock [A-]
  • Mac DeMarco: Demos Vol 1 (Captured Tracks) [01-20] - indie rock
  • Mac DeMarco: Another One (Captured Tracks) [08-07] - jangle pop -- AV:75, CS:75, DS:70, MO:40, P:83, Pf:73, RS:70, S:70
  • Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Press Color (Light in the Attic) - -- RC:**
  • Detail: First Detail (1982, Rune Grammofon) [03-03] - jazz
  • Deke Dickerson: Greatest Hits (Rockbeat) [03-31] - alt/indie rock
  • J Dilla: Dillatronic (Vintage Vibez) [10-30] - left-field hip-hop -- HD:60
  • Dinner: Three EPs: 2012-2014 (Captured Tracks) [04-14] - indie electronic
  • Dion: Live at the Bitter End 1971 (Omnivore) [04-07] - folk [B]
  • DM3: West of Anywhere (Alive Naturalsound) [11-13] - aussie rock
  • Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series, Vol 12: The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965-1968 (Columbia/Legacy, 6CD) [11-08] - country-rock -- BB:80, P:100
  • El Aviador Dro: Otros Mundos, Otras Estrellas (1979-1982) (Elefant/Lost) [05-26] - cold wave
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session (1970, Grönland, EP) - jazz [**]
  • Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol 20 (Storyville) - jazz
  • Duke Ellington: At the Cotton Club (1937-39, Storyville, 2CD) - jazz
  • Erasure: Always: The Very Best of Erasure (BMG/Mute) [10-30] - alt pop/rock
  • Faces: You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything: 1970-1975 (Rhino) [08-28] - album rock
  • Scott Fagan: South Atlantic Blues (Saint Cecilia Knows) [11-20] - folk-rock
  • The Farm: The Complete Studio Recordings 1983-2004 (Edsel) [03-10] - alt pop/rock
  • Game Theory: Real Nighttime [Deluxe Edition] (Omnivore) [03-17] - alt/indie rock
  • Jerry Garcia: Broadway: Act One: October 28th, 1987 (ATO)
  • Red Garland Trio: Swingin' on the Korner (1977, Elemental Music, 2CD) [01-20] - piano jazz [A-]
  • Erroll Garner: The Complete Concert by the Sea (1955, Columbia/Legacy, 3CD) - jazz [A-]
  • Marvin Gaye: Volume One: 1961-1965 (Motown) [09-11] - Motown
  • Robin Gibb: Saved by the Bell: The Collected Works of Robin Gibb 1968-1970 (GC/Rhino) [06-02] - AM pop
  • Girl Band: The Early Years (Rough Trade) [04-21] - lo-fi
  • Girl Band: Holding Hands With Jamie (Rough Trade) [09-25] - post-punk -- BB:70, CS:75, Pf:78, P:94, PM:80, RS:70, S:80 [**]
  • The Go-Betweens: G Stands for Go-Betweens Vol 1 (1978-84, Domino) [01-20] - post-punk -- Pf:82
  • Goldberg: Misty Flats (1974, Future Days) [07-24] - singer/songwriter
  • Grateful Dead: The Best of the Grateful Dead (Grateful Dead/Rhino, 2CD) [03-31] - jam bands
  • Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Volume 15 (Rhino)
  • Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Volume Five (Real Gone Music)
  • Grateful Dead: Fare Thee Well (Rhino, 3CD) [11-20] - country-rock
  • The Groovie Ghoulies: Apetite for Adrenochrome (Green Door) [03-24] - alt/indie rock
  • Charlie Haden/Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio (Impulse) [06-05] - jazz [*]
  • Half Japanese: Music to Strip By (1987, Fire) - -- Pf:84
  • Half Japanese: Volume Two: 1987-1989 (Fire) [01-26] - -- P:86, PM:80
  • Arthur Lee Harper: Dreams and Images (1968, Light in the Attic) [01-13] - psychedelic pop
  • Phil Haynes: Sanctuary (1999, Corner Store Jazz) [09-29] - jazz [*]
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience: Freedom: Atlanta Pop Festival 1970 (Legacy) [08-28] - acid rock
  • Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection (Legacy) [03-31] - swing
  • Billie Holiday: Banned From New York City: Live 1948-1957 (Uptown, 2CD) - jazz [***]
  • The Hotelier: It Never Goes Out (2011, Tiny Engines) - -- Pf:77
  • JB Hutto and His Hawks: Hawk Squat [Expanded Edition] (1968, Delmark) - blues
  • Iron & Wine: Archive Series Volume No 1 (Black Cricket) - -- Pf:72
  • The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters: 1959-1983 (Legacy, 23CD) [08-21] - soul -- Pf:85
  • Trevor Jackson: Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics (On-U Sound) [10-02] - post-punk
  • Keith Jarrett: Barber/Bartok (1984-85, ECM New Series) [05-12] - classical [B-]
  • Jellyfish: Bellybutton [Deluxe Edition] (1990, Virgin, 2CD) [01-20] - alt pop/rock -- PM:70
  • Jellyfish: Spilt Milk (1993, Omnivore, 2CD) [01-20] - alt/indie rock -- PM:70
  • Manu Katche: Touchstone for Manu (2004-12, ECM) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Steve Khan: Tightrope/The Blue Man/Arrows (BGO) - jazz
  • King Crimson: THRAK Box: Live and Studio Recordings 1994-1997 (Panegyric, 12CD)
  • The Kingbees: The Kingbees (1980, Omnivore) [04-28] - alt/indie rock [**]
  • The Kitchen Cinq: When the Rainbow Disappears: An Anthology 1965-68 (Light in the Attic) - -- Pf:76
  • Earl Klugh: Soda Fountain Shuffle/Life Stories/Solo Guitar (BGO) - jazz
  • The Knickerbockers: The Challenge Recordings (Sundazed, 4CD) [11-13] - frat rock
  • Kenny Knight: Crossroads (1980, Paradise of Bachelors) [05-12] - country-rock [***]
  • Steve Lacy: Shots (Hatology) [08-07] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Lanegan: Houston: Publishing Demos 2002 (Ipecac) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Mark Lanegan: One Way Street: The Sub Pop Albums (Sub Pop) [11-20] - alt singer/songwriter
  • Larry's Rebels: I Feel Good: The Essential Purple Flashes of Larry's Rebels 1965-1969 (Frenzy/RPM) [04-21] - rock & roll
  • Last Exit: Iron Path (ESP) - jazz -- RC:A-
  • Lead Belly: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways) - folk blues -- Pf:90
  • Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti [Deluxe Edition] (Atlantic/Rhino) [02-24] - hard rock -- RS:100
  • Peggy Lee: At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings (1951, Real Gone) [03-10] - torch songs
  • Jinx Lennon: 30 Beacons of Light for a Land Full of Spite, Thugs, Drug Slugs, and Energy Vampires (2002, Septic Tiger) - -- RC:A- [**]
  • George Lewis: The George Lewis Solo Trombone Album (1976, Delmark/Sackville) [10-20] - jazz [A-]
  • The Lookouts: Spy Rock Road (and Other Stories . . .) (Don Giovanni) [03-10] - alt/indie rock
  • Looper: These Things (Mute) [04-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Humphrey Lyttelton: Humphrey Lyttelton in Canada (1983, Sackville/Delmark) - jazz [***]
  • Junior Mance: Jubilation (1994, Delmark) - jazz
  • Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible [20th Anniversary Edition] (Epic/Legacy, 4CD) [03-10] - alt pop/rock
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers: Easy Skanking in Boston '78 (Island/Tuff Gong) [02-10] - reggae [A-]
  • Pat Martino: Nexus (HighNote) - jazz
  • Johnny Mathis: Life Is a Song Worth Singing: The Complete Thom Bell Sessions (1973-78, Real Gone) [03-10] - Philly soul
  • Paul McCartney: Tug of War [Deluxe Edition] (1982, Concord/Hear Music) [10-02] - album rock
  • Paul McCartney: Pipes of Peace [Special Edition] (1983, Concord/Hear Music) [10-02] - album rock
  • Rose McDowall: Cut With the Cake Knife (1988-89, Night School) [09-18] - new wave -- Pf:77
  • Joe McPhee: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) (Roaratorio) - jazz
  • Lee Michaels: Heighty Hi: The Best of Lee Michaels (Manifesto) [11-20] - pop/rock
  • Moby: Hotel: Ambient (Little Idiot) [07-03] - ambient techno
  • Mogwai: Central Belters (Rock Action) [10-23]
  • Debby Moore: My Kind of Blues (1960, Fresh Sound) - jazz
  • Wes Montgomery: In the Beginning (1949-58, Resonance, 2CD) [05-12] - jazz
  • Van Morrison: Astral Weeks [Remastered & Expanded] (Rhino) [10-30] - album rock
  • Van Morrison: His Band and Street Choir [Remastered & Expanded] (Rhino) [10-30] - album rock
  • Van Morrison: The Essential Van Morrison (Legacy)
  • The Muffs: The Muffs (Omnivore) [08-14] - alt/indie rock
  • Ron Nagle: Bad Rice (Omnivore, 2CD) [01-27] - -- RS:80
  • Youssou N'Dour and Le Super Etoile de Dakar: Fatteliku (Live in Athens 1987) (Real World) [10-16] - [A-]
  • Normil Hawaiians: Return of the Ranters (1986, Upset the Rhythm) [10-23] - post-punk
  • The Notations: Still Here: 1967-1973 (Numero) [03-17] - Chicago soul
  • Carla Olson/The Textones: Midnight Mission (1984, Omnivore) [05-26] - roots rock
  • William Onyeabor: Good Name (Luaka Bop) -
  • Mike Osborne: Dawn (Cuneiform) - jazz
  • Buck Owens: Buck Em! The Music of Buck Owens 1967-1975: Vol 2 (Omnivore) [11-13] - Bakersfield sound
  • Pavement: The Secret History, Vol 1 (Matador) [08-14] - indie rock
  • Art Pepper: Neon Art, Vol 1 (Omnivore) [02-27] - post-bop
  • Art Pepper: Neon Art, Vol 2 (Omnivore) [03-10] - post-bop
  • Art Pepper: Live at Fat Tuesday's (Elemental Music) - jazz
  • Percussions: 2011 Until 2014 (Text) [01-13] - electronica [**]
  • Pere Ubu: Elitism for the People 1975-1978 (Fire, 4LP) [08-21]
  • Oscar Peterson: Exclusively for My Friends (MPS) - jazz
  • Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (Yep Roc, 2CD) [10-30] - Memphis blues
  • Phish: Amsterdam (1997, Jemp)
  • Popol Vuh/Florian Fricke: Kailash (Soul Jazz) - -- Pf:73
  • The Pretty Things: Bouquets From a Cloudy Sky (Snapper, 3CD) [03-17] - -- RS:80
  • The Proclaimers: Let's Hear It for the Dogs (Compass) [05-05] - pop/rock
  • Queen: A Night at the Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 (Hollywood) [11-20] - album rock
  • The Reatards: Grown Up, Fucked Up (1999, Goner) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • The Replacements: The Complete Studio Albums: 1981-1990 (Rhino) [04-14] - alt pop/rock
  • Charlie Rich: So Lonesome I Could Cry (Fat Possum) [05-05] - country-pop
  • LeAnn Rimes: All-Time Greatest Hits (1996-2007, Curb) [02-03] - country [C+]
  • Rolling Stones: From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 (Eagle Rock)
  • Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers [Deluxe Edition] (Capitol)
  • Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show (Numero Group, 16CD) [03-31] - spoken word
  • Scientists: Blood Red River (Numero Group, EP) [08-21] - alt/indie rock
  • Jock Scot: My Personal Culloden (1997, Forever Heavenly) [08-14] - spoken word
  • Sonny Sharrock: Ask the Ages (1991, MOD Technologies) [11-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Bobby Shew With the University of Florida Jazz Band: Live 1983 (self-released) - jazz
  • Shigeto: Intermission (Ghostly International) [10-30] - experimental electronic
  • Sonny Simmons: Reincarnation (1991, Arhoolie) - jazz [**]
  • Carly Simon: Songs From the Trees: A Musical Memoir Collection (Elektra/Rhino) [11-20] - singer/songwriter
  • Sly & the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East: October 4th & 5th, 1968 (Legacy) [07-17] - funk
  • JB Smith: No More Good Time in the World for Me (1965-66, Dust-to-Digital) [04-09] - blues [**]
  • Sam Smith: In the Lonely Hour [Drowning Shadows Edition] (Capitol) [11-06] - adult contemporary
  • Smoke Fairies: Wild Winter (Full Time Hobby) [11-20] - alt/indie rock
  • Sneaky Feelings: Send You (Flying Nun) [03-31] - alt pop/rock
  • Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974 (Cuneiform) [02-06] - fusion/progressive rock [*]
  • Son Volt: Trace [Remastered & Expanded] (Rhino/Warner Bros) [10-30] - alt country-rock
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (Columbia) [12-04] - album rock
  • St Vincent: St Vincent [Deluxe Edition] (Concord Loma Vista) [02-10] - alt singer/songwriter
  • The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete (1965, Legacy) - -- Pf:87
  • Stereo Total: Yeye Existentialiste (Blow Up) [07-10] - alt pop/rock
  • John Stevens: John Steven's Away/Somewhere in Between/Mazin Ennit (BGO) - jazz
  • Sun Ra: The Magic City (1965, Enterplanetary Koncepts) [04-00] - jazz [**]
  • Sun Ra and His Arkestra: To Those of Earth . . . and Other Worlds (Strut) - jazz [***]
  • Super Furry Animals: MWNG (2000, Domino) [05-05] - alt pop/rock
  • The Supreme Jubilees: It'll All Be Over (1980, Light in the Attic) - -- Pf:74
  • Tangerine Dream: Booster VII (Eastgate) [02-17] - -- PM:70
  • Cecil Taylor: Garden 1st Set (1981, Hatology) - jazz
  • Roger Taylor: Strange Frontier (1984, Omnivore) [03-24] - album rock
  • Teenage Time Killers: Greatest Hits Vol 1 (Rise) [07-31] - alt/indie rock
  • Thin Lizzy: Shades of a Blue Orphanage (1972, Light in the Attic) - -- Pf:63
  • Peter Tosh: An Upsetters Showcase (Cleopatra) [04-14] - political reggae
  • Amara Toure: 1973-1980 (Analog Africa) [06-22] - Afro-Cuban -- RC:B+ [***]
  • Underworld: Second Toughest in the Infants [Remastered Super Deluxe Edition] (11-20) [E|club/dance]
  • Unwound: Challenge for a Civilized Society (1998, Numero Group) - -- Pf:78
  • Lino Capra Vaccina: Antico Adagio (1978, Die Schachtel) - -- Pf:79
  • The Velvet Underground: Loaded [Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition Box Set] (Atlantic) [10-30] - album rock
  • The Velvet Underground: The Complete Matrix Tapes (Polydor) [11-20] - alt/indie rock
  • David S Ware/Apogee: Birth of a Being (1977, AUM Fidelity, 2CD) [11-06] - jazz [***]
  • Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 (Columbia/Legacy, 4CD) [11-20] - fusion
  • White Plains: The Deram Records Singles Collection (77's) [03-03] - bubblegum
  • Yabby You: Dread Prophecy: The Strange and Wonderful Story of Yabby You (Shanachie, 3CD) [02-15] - roots reggae -- RS:80 [***]
  • Neil Young: Bluenote Cafe (Reprise) [11-13] - album rock
  • Zombi: The Zombi Anthology (Relapse) [04-21] - experimental rock
  • Back From the Grave Vol 9: Raw Blastin' Mid 60's Punk!!! (Crypt) - -- Pf:76
  • Joe Bussard Presents: The Year of Jubilo: 78 RPM Recordings of Songs From the Civil War (Dust-to-Digital) [10-16]
  • Dance Mania: Ghetto Madness (Strut) [01-26] - club/dance -- Pf:74 [**]
  • Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll (Dust-to-Digital) [03-26] -
  • Excavated Shellac: Reeds (Dust-to-Digital) [10-02] -
  • Excavated Shellac: Strings (Dust-to-Digital) [03-23] -
  • Fifty Shades of Grey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (Island/Republic) [02-10] - adult contemporary -- RS:60
  • Fonotone Records (Dust-to-Digital) [10-16]
  • Ghostly Swim, Vol 2 (Ghostly International) [04-28] - ambient
  • Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian and Ghanaian Recordings From London & Lagos 1954-66 (Soundway) - -- RC:* [***]
  • Jazz in Polish Cinema: Out of the Underground 1958-1967 (JOF) [01-25] - jazz
  • The Magic & the Mystery of the Piano Trio: Ballads & Lullabies (Ozella Music) - jazz
  • New Orleans Brass Bands: Through the Streets of the City (Smithsonian/Folkways) [02-10] - New Orleans jazz
  • Next Stop Soweto, Vol 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga 1975-1985 (Strut) - African [A-]
  • Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (1970-77, Soul Jazz) - salsa [***]
  • Ork Records: New York, New York (Numero Group) [10-30] - punk/new wave -- BB:70 [***]
  • PC Music Volume 1 (PC Music) [05-02] - -- S:80 [**]
  • Piano in the House (Adventure Music) - jazz
  • Punk 45: Burn Rubber City, Burn! Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80 (Soul Jazz) [***]
  • Punk 45: Extermination Nights in the Sixth City: Cleveland, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-82 (Soul Jazz) - -- Pf:80 [A-]
  • The Red Line Comp: A DCHC Compilation (self-released) [04-10] [*]
  • The Rough Guide to African Rare Groove Volume 1 (World Music Network) [02-24] - African [**]
  • The Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove Volume 2 (World Music Network) [01-26] - -- PM:80
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic India (World Music Network) [01-26] - -- PM:70
  • The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba (World Music Network) - [***]
  • Saved and Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label (Numero Group) [05-26] - gospel
  • Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities From the Second Decade (Signature Sounds) [03-03] - -- PM:70
  • Spiritual Jazz Vol 6: Vocals (Jazzman) [03-09] - -- PM:80
  • Turtle Records: Pioneering British Jazz 1970-1971 (RPM) - jazz
  • Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party (Numero) [03-03] - funk -- Pf:75

Priority Counts

  • Priority 0: 444
  • Priority 1: 1514
  • Priority 2: 95
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 520
  • Priority 5: 504

Total: 3077