Half Time Report – Half way through 2015 here are David Dye’s 10 favorite albums so far in alpha-order.

Keep this list! It’s my reflection on the albums that have moved me so far in 2015. I want to see how this music fares when I am looking back in December.   I’m calling it a good year because it was relatively easy to come up with ten albums.  There are a lot of albums that followed up important debuts or breakthroughs.  I’m talking about The Alabama Shakes, who threw out the blueprint on their new album and Courtney Barnett who more than proved that A Sea Of Split Peas was not a youthful fluke.  Then there are pure comebacks. Blur and D’Angelo went beyond high expectations as they re-emerged.  I know High On Tulsa Heat is John Moreland’s third disc but what a great discovery for me.  We’ll have to wait and see how it compares to the forthcoming new Jason Isbell album. I’ll let you know in our year-end round-up.

Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color

Blur- The Magic Whip

Calexico- Edge Of The Sun

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Houndmouth-Little Neon Limelight

Jamie XX-In Colour

John Moreland – High On Tulsa Heat

The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home