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50 Best Albums Of 2015

What are the sounds that rocked our world this year?

Rock is dead? Plenty of albums released in the past 12 months prove it’s not. From AOR to metal, prog to blues, here are the 50 best…

50. Vennart

The Demon Joke (Medium Format)

Mike Vennart made a welcome reappearance with this darkly autobiographical debut solo album on which his honeyed croon is married to crunchy electronica and twisted metallic riffs for an atmospheric rebirth.

49. Joe Satriani

Shockwave Supernova (Sony)

The virtuoso guitarist sharpened his melodic album run of the past few years with Shockwave Supernova, his love of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix shining through its bluesy tracks.

48. Blitzen Trapper

All Across This Land (Vagrant)

Past masters at making antique Americana sound fresh and timeless, Blitzen Trapper’s sixth album was a musical road movie blending folk and funk, country and alt.rock with freewheeling ease.  

47. Michael Monroe

Blackout States (Spinefarm)

Blackout States continues the singer’s purple patch, tapping into his days in London with Hanoi Rocks. Blessed with contagious choruses and foot-stomping beats, Old Kings Road and Dead Hearts On Denmark Street pay tribute to those spiky-topped days.

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