Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2015 So Far

22. Michael Rault
Living Daylight
(Pirates Blend)

Right from the beginning, Michael Rault's Living Daylight exudes energy and character that isn't found too often in rock today. He's fun, and never really that serious, choosing to poke fun at his sadness with Syd Barrett-esque cuts like "Dancing With Tears In My Eyes."

The grooviness is what makes this record great, as bongo-laden jams like "Real Love (Yeah)" harken back to the high points of glam rock. Rault even leaves room for a quiet, intimate closer with friendship anthem "To All My Friends," which finishes off one of the most solid rock releases of the half-year with style and a nice emotional touch.
Corey Henderson