5. White Denim – D / Takes Place in Your Work Space
Because “At the Farm” soundtracks a million badass scenarios and “Street Joy” a million heartaches.
4. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Because you should not enjoy listening to the stories Abel Tesfaye tells, but every night you click play again, jaw dropped and mesmerized.
3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Because beauty this lush and ethereal doesn’t need to make sense, it just grabs you.
2. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Because no record this year sounded better and more familiar on first listen. It only improves as its subtleties are revealed.
1. Destroyer – Kaputt
Because Dan Bejar is a lyrically superior, modern-day Bowie and this is Low, Let’s Dance and Young Americans rolled up into one late night cigarette, smoked with Sade and Bryan Ferry in some swanky elevator.