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2015 In Review (Jul-Dec): Coldplay, Enya, Grateful Dead, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Billy Gibbons, Johnny Marr, Roger Waters, Rush,

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click on “highlighted in green” artist/group for the review and complete biography {rating 0-10*} UK + US chart nos.
(see further below for October, September, August, July Album charts)

November/December Album Charts
1. GRIMES – Hot Angels {*8} US=36 + UK=31
2. CAGE THE ELEPHANT – Tell Me I’m Pretty {*7} US=26
3. JOHNNY MARR – Adrenalin Baby: Johnny Marr Live {*7} UK=96
4. ROGER WATERS – The Wall Live Soundtrack {*7} UK=53
5. ENYA – Dark Sky Island {*7} UK=4 + US=8
6. RUSH – R40 Live {*7} US=24
7. COLDPLAY – A Head Full Of Dreams {*6} UK=1 + US=2
8. JEFF LYNNE’S ELO – Alone In The Universe {*6} UK=4 + US=23
9. NEWTON FAULKNER – Human Love {*6} UK=41
10. VISAGE – Demons To Diamonds {*6}
11. BILLY GIBBONS AND THE BFG’s – Perfectamundo {*6} US=48 + UK=62
12. NATALIE MERCHANT – Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings {*6} US=96
13. DAVE BROCK – Brockworld {*6}
14. ANDY SUMMERS – Metal Dog {*6}
15. LESLIE WEST – Soundcheck {*6}
16. GRATEFUL DEAD – The Best Of Fare Thee Well {*7} US=47
16. GRATEFUL DEAD – Fare Thee Well: Chicago, IL, Soldier Field, July 3rd, 4th, 5th 2015 {*6} US=130
17. The WAINWRIGHT SISTERS – Songs In The Dark
18. ROBB JOHNSON – Gentle Man: A Solo Performance

– others still to assess –
JENNY LEE LINDBERG (Warpaint) – Right On!
SUNN O))) – Kannan
BILL RYDER-JONES – West Kirby County Primary
SEAL – 7 {*} UK=13 + US=45
FLOATING POINTS – Elaenia {*} UK=46
BING & RUTH – City Lake
ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS – Black Record
The BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE – Thingy Wingy mini
GREG LAKE & GEOFF DOWNES – Ride The Tiger
WRECKLESS ERIC – America
LANTERNS ON THE LAKE – Beings
BILL WELLS AND FRIENDS – Nursery Rhymes
DANZIG – Skeletons
CHASTAIN – We Bleed Metal
COLDER – Many Colours
THRESHOLD – European Journey
GIRLSCHOOL – Guilty As Sin
TEETH OF THE SEA – Highly Deadly Black Tarantula

October Album Charts
1. DEERHUNTER – Fading Frontier {*9} US=72 + UK=53
2. MERCURY REV – The Light In You {*8} UK=39
3. JOANNA NEWSOM – Divers {*8} US=30 + UK=10
4. JOHN GRANT – Grey Tickles, Black Pressure {*8} UK=5
5. KILLING JOKE – Pylon {*8} UK=16
6. NOTHING BUT THIEVES – Nothing But Thieves {*8} UK=7
7. JEAN-MICHEL JARRE – E:Project: The Time Machine {*8} UK=8
8. EDITORS – In Dream {*7} UK=5
9. COCOROSIE – Heartache City {*7}
10. MICHAEL CHAPMAN – Fish {*8}
11. EL VY – Return To The Moon {*7} US=66 + UK=43
12. GUY GARVEY – Courting The Squall {*7} UK=3
13. SQUEEZE – Cradle To Grave {*7} UK=12
14. LUKE HAINES – British Nuclear Bunkers {*7}
15. The BITTER SPRINGS – Cuttlefish & Love’s Remains {*7}
16. BEACH HOUSE – Thank Your Lucky Stars {*7} US=39
17. CLUTCH – Psychic Warfare {*8} US=11 + UK=20
18. DEF LEPPARD – Def Leppard {*7} UK=11 + US=10
19. QUEENSRYCHE – Condition Human {*7} US=27 + UK=77
20. EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – Zipper Down {*7} US=59 + UK=32
21. SAXON – Battering Ram {*7} UK=50
22. ALELA DIANE & RYAN FRANCESCINO – Cold Moon {*7}
23. CITY AND COLOUR – If I Should Go Before You {*7} US=29 + UK=47
24. DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS – Angels & Ghosts {*7} UK=27
25. PAUL HEATON + JACQUI ABBOTT – Wisdom, Laughter And Lines {*7} UK=4
26. JAMIE LAWSON – Jamie Lawson {*7} UK=1 + US=87
27. TOM JONES – Long Lost Suitcase {*7} UK=17
28. JOHN McLAUGHLIN – Black Light {*7}
29. The ZOMBIES – Still Got That Hunger {*6}
30. NILS LOFGREN – UK2015 Face The Music Tour {*6}
31. RAB NOAKES – I’m Walkin’ Here {*7}
32. ROD STEWART – Another Country {*6} UK=2 + US=20
33. BRITISH SEA POWER – Sea Of Brass {*6}
34. JOE BONAMASSA – Radio City Music Hall {*6} US=77 + UK=43
35. SEVENDUST – Kill The Flaw {*6} US=13
36. TRIVIUM – Silence In The Snow {*6} US=19 + UK=19
37. HURTS – Surrender {*6} UK=12
38. BRYAN ADAMS – Get Up! {*4} US=99 + UK=2

– others still to assess in greater detail (currently reviewing) –
HAWKLORDS – R:Evolution {*7}
NIK TURNER – Space Fusion Odyssey {*6}
SKINDRED – Volume {*} UK=29
PUSCIFER – Money Shot {*} US=30
BORN OF OSIRIS – Soul Sphere {*} US=67
BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE – At Least For Now {*} UK=37 “Mercury Prize Winner”
JOE JACKSON – Fast Forward
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS – Mirrors {*} UK=16
FAITHLESS – Faithless 2.0 {*} UK=1
ARCHIE FISHER – A Silent Song
LAURIE ANDERSON – Heart Of A Dog (soundtrack)
The ENEMY – It’s Automatic {*} UK=21
JOSH RITTER – Sermon On The Rocks {*} US=49
HUE AND CRY – September Songs
PENETRATION – Resolution
TOM ROBINSON – Only The Now
WOLFGANG FLUR – Eloquence
CHILDREN OF BODOM – I Worship Chaos {*} US=92
JOHN FOXX – London Overgrown
COMEDY OF ERRORS – Spirit {*7}
REVOLUTIONARY ARMY OF THE INFANT JESUS – Beauty Will Save The World
HALF JAPANESE – Boo
EUROS CHILDS – Sweetheart
HALF MOON RUN – Sun Leads Me On {*} UK=46
WALTER TROUT – Battle Scars {*} UK=54
JEFFREY LEWIS & LOS BOLTS – Manhattan
EDIE BRICKELL & STEVE MARTIN – So Familiar
MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS – Completely Under The Covers {*} UK=72
The CHILLS – Silver Bullets
GINGER WILDHEART – Year Of The Fanclub {*} UK=95
FIGHTSTAR – Behind The Devil’s Back {*} UK=19
BORNS – Dopamine {*} US=24
STATE CHAMPS – All Around The World And Back {*} US=30 + UK=78
COHEED & CAMBRIA – The Color Before The Sun {*} US=10 + UK=55
PURE BATHING CULTURE – Pray For Rain
COLLECTIVE SOUL – See What You Started By Continuing {*} US=25
The WINERY DOGS – Hot Streak {*} US=30 + UK=75
WASP – Golgotha {*} US=93 + UK=50
NEW YEARS DAY – Malevolence {*} US=45
DEAFHEAVEN – New Bermuda {*} US=63
FOR TODAY – Wake {*} US=67
SWIM DEEP – Mothers {*} UK=55
SPACE – Strange World TRUST FUND – Seems Unfair
ANATHEMA – A Sort Of Homecoming
STRYPER – Fallen
TREY ANASTASIO – Paper Wheels
!!! – As If

September 2015 Album Charts
1. IRON MAIDEN – The Book Of Souls {*9} UK=1 + US=4
2. JULIA HOLTER – Have You In My Wilderness {*8} UK=29
3. DAVID GILMOUR – Rattle That Lock {*8} UK=1 + US=5
4. KURT VILE – B’lieve I’m Goin Down… {*8} US=40 + UK=25
5. LOW – Ones And Sixes {*8} UK=35
6. PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. – What The World Needs Now… {*7} UK=29
7. The LIBERTINES – Anthems For Doomed Youth {*7} UK=3
8. CHRIS CORNELL – Higher Truth {*7} US=19 + UK=37
9. RICHARD HAWLEY – Hollow Meadows {*7} UK=9
10. NEW ORDER – Music Complete {*7} UK=2 + US=34
11. NICOLAS GODIN – Contrepoint {*7}
12. The DEAD WEATHER – Dodge And Burn {*7} US=10 + UK=21
13. LANA DEL REY – Honeymoon {*7} US=2 + UK=2
14. KEITH RICHARDS – Crosseyed Heart {*7} UK=7 + US=11
15. JUDY COLLINS – Strangers Again {*7} US=77
16. BEIRUT – No No No {*7} US=46 + UK=37
17. GARY CLARK JR. – The Story Of Sunny Boy Slim {*7} US=8 + UK=40
18. The ARCS – Yours, Dreamily {*7} US=27 + UK=40
19. ROBERT FORSTER – Songs To Play {*7}
20. JOHN MAYALL – Find A Way To Care {*7}
21. The VIEW – Ropewalk {*7} UK=21
22. STEREOPHONICS – Keep The Village Alive {*6} UK=1
23. BRING ME THE HORIZON – That’s The Spirit {*7} UK=2 + US=2
24. DON HENLEY – Cass County {*7} US=3 + UK=7
HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES – Hollywood Vampires {*7} US=43 + UK=30
25. 26. RYAN ADAMS – 1989 {*6} US=7 + UK=19
27. LOU BARLOW – Brace The Wave {*6}
28. BATTLES – La Di Da Di {*6} UK=57
29. SLAYER – Repentless {*6} US=4 + UK=11
30. SHINEDOWN – Threat To Survival {*6} US=6 + UK=13
31. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Got Your Six {*6} US=2 + UK=6
32. DURAN DURAN – Paper Gods {*6} UK=5 + US=10
33. PRINCE – Hit N Run – Phase One {*6} US=70 + UK=50
34. A-HA – Cast In Steel {*6} UK=8
35. BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – All Our Yesterdays {*6} UK=94
36. GABRIELLE APLIN – Light Up The Dark {*6} UK=14
37. CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye {*6} UK=4 + US=8

– other Septembers still to assess –
BEN FOLDS – So There {*6} US=44 + UK=63
DAVE DAVIES – Rippin’ Up New York {*5}
SHAWN COLVIN – Uncovered
ANE BRUN – When I’m Free
NERINA PALLOT – The Sound And The Fury {*} UK=41
ATREYU – Long Live {*} US=26 + UK=96
BLESSTHEFALL – To Those Left Behind {*} US=23
The FRONT BOTTOMS – Back On Top {*} US=32
METRIC – Pagans In Vegas {*} US=36
The BLACK DAHLIA MURDER – Abysmal {*} US=45
PARKWAY DRIVE – Ire {*} US=29 + UK=23
SEXWITCH – Sexwitch {*} UK=60
ANDERSON PONTY BAND – Better Late Than Never
LOS LOBOS – Gates Of Gold
WIDESPREAD PANIC – Street Dogs {*} US=53
DAN BAIRD – Get Loud
PEACHES – Rub
DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE – Nashville Obsolete {*} UK=47
TESSERACT – Polaris {*} UK=65
UGLY KID JOE – Uglier Than They Used To Be {*} UK=84
JOE ELY – Panhandle Rambler
GLEN HANSARD – Didn’t He Ramble {*} US=92
MY DYING BRIDE – Feel The Misery
FIDLAR – Too {*} UK=45
The WONDER YEARS – No Closer To Heaven {*} US=12 + UK=46
RIVERSIDE – Love, Fear And The Time Machine {*} UK=67

August 2015 best albums
1. FOALS – What Went Down {*8} UK=3 + US=58
2. BEACH HOUSE – Depression Cherry {*8} US=8 + UK=17
3. DESTROYER – Poison Season {*8} UK=90
4. WILCO – Star Wars {*7} UK=83
5. SOULFLY – Archangel {*7} UK=57
6. YO LA TENGO – Stuff Like That There {*7} US=96 + UK=86
7. MOTORHEAD – Bad Magic {*7} UK=10 + US=35
8. FRANK TURNER – Positive Songs For Negative People {*7} UK=2 + US=69
9. The FRATELLIS – Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied {*7} UK=16
10. The STRYPES – Little Victories {*7} UK=17
11. FEAR FACTORY – Genexus {*7} US=37 + UK=31
12. DR. DRE & Soundtrack – Compton {*7} US=2 + UK=1
13. GHOST – Meliora {*7} US=8 + UK=23
14. AFX – Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-2008 {*7} UK=34
15. SPOCK’S BEARD – The Oblivion Particle {*8}
16. PENTAGRAM – Curious Volume {*7}
17. GREGG ALLMAN – Live: Back To Macon, GA, January 14, 2014 {*7}
18. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE – Venom {*6} UK=3 + US=8
19. DISTURBED – Immortalized {*6} US=1 + UK=8
20. BON JOVI – Burning Bridges {*4} US=13 + UK=3

– others still to be reviewed –
REND COLLECTIVE – As Family We Go {*} US=33 + UK=19
ROB THOMAS – The Great Unknown {*} US=6 + UK=95
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats {*} US=17 + UK=27
POP EVIL – Up {*} US=25
The SWORD – High Country {*} US=30
SPECTOR – Moth Boys {*} UK=27
FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES – Blossom {*} UK=18
MISS MAY I – Deathless {*} US=49
MIKE TRAMP – Nomad
NILE – What Should Not Be Unearthed
METHOD MAN – The Meth Lab {*} US=57
BOHICAS – The Making Of {*} UK=52
SPITFIRES – Response {*} UK=63
p.o.d. – The Awakening {*7} US=75
BUTCHER BABIES – Take It Like A Man {*} US=76
BUCKCHERRY – Rock’n’Roll {*} US=93
The TELESCOPES – Hidden Fields

July Album Charts
1. The MACCABEES – Marks To Prove It {*9} UK=1
2. FOUR TET – Morning / Evening {*8} UK=48
3. The CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Born In The Echoes {*8} UK=1 / US=73
4. ALTERNATIVE TV – Opposing Forces {*8}
5. SLEAFORD MODS – Key Markets {*8} UK=11
6. The PRETTY THINGS – The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course…) {*8}
7. TAME IMPALA – Currents {*7} UK=3 + US=4
8. ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. – Momentary Masters {*7}
9. JOE SATRIANI – Shockwave Supernova {*7} US=46 + UK=22
10. IRON AND WINE & BEN BRIDWELL – Sing Into My Mouth {*6}
JOSS STONE – Water For Your Soul {*} UK=13 + US=34
LAMB OF GOD – VII: Sturn Und Drang {*7} US=3 + UK=7
MICHAEL HEAD – The Magical World Of The Strands {*} UK=48
BUDDY GUY – Born To Play Guitar {*} US=60 + UK=100
WARREN HAYNES feat. Railroad Earth – Ashes & Dust {*} US=51
LYNYRD SKYNYRD – One More For The Fans {*6} US=81
JASON ISBELL – Something More Than Free {*} US=6 + UK=17
The BRAINIAC 5 – Exploding Universe {*6}
FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND – Hours/Live At Islington Academy 25/04/14
LUCY ROSE – Work It Out {*} UK=9
EZRA FURMAN – Perpetual Motion People {*} UK=23
ASTRID WILLIAMSON – We Go To Dream
C DUNCAN – Architect
GROOVE ARMADA – Little Black Book {*} UK=43
CRADLE OF FILTH – Hammer Of The Witches {*} UK=44
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME – Coma Ecliptic {*} US=12 + UK=74
WE CAME AS ROMANS – We Came As Romans {*} US=11
SYMPHONY X – Underworld {*} US=90
DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM – Party Adjacent
ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION – More Signal More Noise
VERUCA SALT – Ghost Notes
The SMOKING TREES – TST
WHAT’S EATING GILBERT – That New Sound You’re Looking For
O’CONNELL & LOVE – Minesweeping
ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE – Wild Gals A Go-Go OST
SHOOGLENIFTY – The Untied Knot
ENVY – Atheist’s Cornea
AERO FLYNN – Aero Flynn

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