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50 Best Albums of 2015 #29-#20

Nightwish, Black Star Riders, Saxon and more...

Our albums of the year, numbers 29 to 20.

29. Public Image Limited.

What The World Needs Now (Pil Official)

On PiL’s second new album in three years, John Lydon could be found spewing streams of puerile profanity over discordant jazz-punk marathons and knotty No Wave art-funk rhythms. The reactivated PiL were a welcome reminder that Lydon remains a fiercely uncompromising avant-rock modernist, despite his occasional lapses into clownish self-parody.

28. Saxon

Battering Ram (UDR)

The album title promised much bludgeon riffola. Saxon delivered that and more. The title track is one of many flat-out headbangers, but Queen Of Hearts, has a progressive rock flavour. And drummer Nigel Glockler’s performance is remarkable. Having recovered from a brain aneurysm, he really brings down the hammer.

27. Nightwish

Endless Forms Most Beautiful (Nuclear Blast)

Until Iron Maiden’s The Book Of Souls came along, symphonically inclined Finns Nightwish were all set to scoop the award for the year’s most bombastic album. Featuring a 48-piece orchestra, Endless Forms Most Beautiful was the pinnacle of mainman Tuomas Holopainen’s vision.

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