Two British Columbian Women Woo the Critics in 2015

carly and grimes

They both have names beginning with the letter C and are both originally from British Columbia. Carly Rae Jepsen and Claire Boucher, the latter known better by her stage name Grimes, released albums in 2015 that ended up on a slew of year-end best album lists published by high profile magazines and newspapers. Interestingly, Grimes shifted from her usual off-beat alternative sound more towards the mainstream on her album Art Angels while Carly Rae Jepsen did the opposite, swinging from mainstream dance pop to a more alternative vibe on her album Emotion. Both women, then, ended up charting territory in-between the realms of alternative and pop. While Carly’s album ended up on more lists, Grimes’ tended to place higher on those that included hers. Emotion was named pop album of the year by Cosmopolitan, 2nd album of the year by Entertainment Weekly and Baeble, 3rd of the year by Noisey, Stereogum, and Variance, and 4th of the year by Time Magazine. Art Angels was hailed album of the year by Idolator, Stereogum, NME, Gorilla Vs. Bear, and best pop/rock album by Exclaim. See the table below for a list of positions on the year-end lists by magazine. An ‘x’ means the album did not make the list. This is by no means a complete inventory of magazines but gives a taste. The point of all this is of course that these two albums, in the opinion of the music gurus, are both smashing.

Stereogum 3 1 Album
Idolator 5 1 Album
Exclaim 5 1 Pop/Rock
Baeble 2 5 Album
Noisey 3 5 Album
Spin 4 5 Pop
Variance 3 7 Album
Vulture 6 5 Album
Slant Magazine 12 3 Album
PopMatters 11 15 Album
Consequence of Sound 24 3 Album
NME 36 1 Album
The 405 27 24 Album
Cosmopolitan* 1 x Pop
Gorilla Vs. Bear x 1 Album
Entertainment Weekly 2 x Album
Time 4 x Album
A.V. Club x 4 Album
Newsweek 9 x Album
Complex 41 28 Album
Rolling Stone 48 x Album

* Cosmopolitan has not published a list of best albums but simply named Carly’s the best pop album of 2015.