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Top Ten Albums of the Week

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Check this week’s top ten albums, from Meghan Trainor to Bjork.

Top Ten Albums of the Week

Wanna know what the week’s real best albums are? Check out this week’s hottest releases in our top ten!

This week has been crazy busy with American and British artists releasing their latest musical efforts. We've also seen the misadventure of rock diva Bjork, forced to publish her album months in advance after a leak on the internet. Check out her Vulnicura, as well as Natalie Prass, the Charlatans and many more here.

#1 Vulnicura – Bjork

This unlucky Icelandic artist saw her album forced to release two months early. Vulnicura came out without the intended marketing polish, but her international prestige did not fail to enchant the media. 

It has been rated best album of the week by Stereogum, and reviews of all types are flowing in from every corner of the world. Produced and recorded with Kanye West, the album features rough, sad tones inspired by Bjork's split from life partner Matthew Barney.

#2 On Your Own Love Again – Jessica Pratt

Out on January 27, On Your Own Love Again was anticipated by the up-tempo single "Back, Baby." The nine-track record is made up of folk songs, combining an evocative style with her own innovative songwriting approach. Consequence of Sound writes, “There is some magic in the way she can take something as simple as folk songwriting on acoustic guitar and make it a fresh experience.” So, if you still haven’t, check her out!

#3 Modern Nature – The Charlatans 

The 11-song studio album is the 12th release of British indie rock band The Charlatans. Also available in a vinyl edition, which includes four bonus tracks, we got our first glimpse of the album on December 1 with the single "So Oh." 

Modern Nature is also their first release since drummer Jon Brooker passed away last year. According to the band, Jon was expecting another Charlatans record, and so the band promptly followed his will. A UK tour has been announced for this March in support of Modern Nature, with more dates around the world likely following.

#4 Natalie Prass – Natalie Prass

This self-entitled debut album was preceded by the opening single "My Baby Don’t Understand Me." With nine tracks, Natalie Press blends jazz, R&B touches and late ‘70s sounds for a vibe all her own, described as “immediately classic." Listen to her single here:

#5 Reflection - Fifth Harmony 

The all-girl X Factor band breaks its three-year silence with a fun, family-friendly pop album. Reflection features R&B influences as well as ‘80s twists, a well-produced homage to Mariah Carey and the teenage slang style of Destiny’s Child.

#6 Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 – Aphex Twin 

Out on January 27th, the studio album includes 13 tracks of electronic hits. This "part 2" disc (there’s no part 1) was released only four months after Syro, Aphex Twin's only album in the past 13 years. The British musician and composer, whose Selected Ambient Works was rated the best album of the 1990s by FACT magazine, has not stopped producing great music, and Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments is just another instance of his talent.

#7 Matador – Gaz Coombes

Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes joins the crowd of frontmen gone solo this year, from Thom Yorke to Damon Albarn. This is his second solo production after 2012's Here Come The Bombs, and according to the critics it has exceeded expectations.

#8 F. E. A. R. - Papa Roach 

The eighth studio album by the American hard rock band contains ten edgy tracks. Papa Roach's fame after nearly two decades of solid music seems well-earned, as this album does not disappoint with its powerful style.

#9 Full Speed - Kid Ink 

After single "Body Language," featuring Tinashe and Usher, we have been super excited for the full release of Full Speed. The 15-track LP features many more acclaimed artists, including R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Migos and Trey Songz. Check it out here:

#10 Title - Meghan Trainor 

Title is the debut studio album by pop queen Meghan Trainor. We got our first taste of the 11-track album from the Title EP in September 2014, which can now be purchased in a deluxe edition containing four bonus tracks. The first singles to premiere were "All About That Bass" and "Lips Are Moving," the hits that established her international fame. Check them out!

So what is your favorite album of the week? Did we miss someone you love? Tell us in the comments!

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