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50 Best Albums of 2015 #19-#12

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Our best albums of 2015, numbers 19 to 12.

19. Vintage Trouble

1 Hopeful Rd. (Bluenote)

With their previous album, bluesy, retro soul-fest The Bomb Shelter Sessions, the California soul rockers made friends in high, hard-rocking places (AC/DC, The Who, the Stones…). Their third album was even more beautifully, soulfully in-the-past, with a stylish range of soft and hip-shaking songs. Familiar territory, done really well.

18. Jeff Lynne’s ELO

Alone In The Universe (Columbia)

Jeff Lynne’s first album as ELO since 2001, Alone In The Universe was a showcase for his many talents – he wrote, sang, played and produced virtually every note here. Encouraged by the ecstatic reaction to his 2014 Hyde Park concert – his first show for nearly 30 years – for the new album he wrote songs for a huge audience again: 10 tracks recalling the band’s super-melodic heyday, when Lynne bestrode the planet like a bearded, Brummie colossus.

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