Exclaim!'s 2014 in Lists: Top 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Exclaim!'s 2014 in Lists: Top 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

10. Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
(Domino Recording Company)
Release Date: January 13

Panda Bear's most famous solo work is soaked in Beach Boys-style sunshine, but the Animal Collective member is meeting the grim reaper on his latest album. Its 13 tracks mix pop prettiness with garbled, psychedelic synth squall, as we've heard on the singles "Mr Noah" and "Boys Latin."

9. Will Butler
Policy
(Merge Records)
Release Date: March 10

In Arcade Fire, Will Butler tends to play second fiddle to his frontman brother Win. But now we'll finally hear what the younger Butler has to offer with his first solo album. Policy has been referred to as "American rock and roll," which isn't a very specific description, but it'll do for now.

8. Napalm Death
Apex Predator Easy Meat
(Century Media)
Release Date: January 27

Napalm Death have more than three decades of experience under their belts, and the UK grind greats will be carrying on doing what they do best with Apex Predator Easy Meat. It was influenced by a tragic 2013 building collapse in Bangladesh, and the songs examine topics like working conditions and slave labour.

7. Grimes
Title TBA
(Label TBA)
Release Date: TBA

Canadian art-pop star Grimes' new album has already made headlines, since it was revealed that she scrapped the entire thing and started again. We know that her single "Go" isn't slated to appear, but she has indicated that some of the material draws on glam rock and "IRL" music.

6. Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear
(Sub Pop Records/Bella Union)
Release Date: February 10

Once known as the drummer of Fleet Foxes, Joshua Tillman is reaching new heights as Father John Misty. I Love You, Honeybear promises to be an ambitious concept album about the transformative power of love, and the songwriter said, "I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker."

5. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
Sour Soul
(Lex Records)
Release Date: February 17

As if BADBADNOTGOOD's outside the box take on jazz wasn't already inventive enough, the Canadian trio hooked up with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah for a collaborative full-length. Record stores are going to have difficulty filing this by genre, as we can hear from "Gunshowers."

4. Viet Cong
Viet Cong
(Flemish Eye)
Release Date: January 20

Since the breakup of Women, two of the band's members have gone on to play a similarly fiery brand of post-punk with Viet Cong. Their debut Cassette earned lots of underground buzz, meaning that their self-titled LP is one of 2015's most hotly-tipped debuts. It includes the lead single "Continental Shelf."

3. Drake
Views from the 6
(Label TBA)
Release Date: Spring 2015

Thanks to Canadian rap champ Drake, we'll soon have a new soundtrack to drunk-dialling our exes at two in the morning. There's no confirmed release date, but his track "0 to 100" hinted, "We already got spring 2015 poppin,'" and we've also heard the title track.

2. Kendrick Lamar
Title TBA
(Label TBA)
Release Date: TBA

Kendrick Lamar's modern masterpiece good kid, m.A.A.d city is one of the best albums of the era, so the followup is understandably hotly anticipated. He's apparently recorded more than 40 songs, but all we've heard so far is the inspirational "i."

1. Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love
(Sub Pop Records)
Release Date: January 20

When Sleater-Kinney revisited their back catalogue with their recent Start Together box set, they slipped in a mysterious new seven-inch. This opened up a new chapter in the riot grrrl trio's career, as they announced their first album in a decade. So far, we've heard the songs "Bury Our Friends" and "Surface Envy."