Label: Dirty Hit, Interscope
Released: Feb. 26

The 1975 weren't even on my radar until they pulled music duty on the Larry David episode of Saturday Night Live (that is, one of perhaps three episodes of SNL worth watching this year). When the album dropped shortly after, I gave it a spin, and to merely say that I was “pleasantly surprised” would be an understatement. This is one of the funkiest albums of the year, the English dance rock album you didn't know you needed. It is a little too self-indulgent—word to the biblically long album title—but when it works, you have jams  ("She's American"), vibes ("Somebody Else"), and awesome ballads ("If I Believe You"). —Frazier Tharpe