Change the Rotation's Best Albums of 2015 Bracket

Phil Collins - January 6, 2016

For the third year running, we here at Change the Rotation have pitted our 32 favorite albums of the year against each other in a bracket. The agony, the ecstasy. We love all these albums. There are many albums we loved that did not make the cut. Steve O, Dave Anians and I all submitted our nominations for the best albums of 2015. We then narrowed the field down to 32 full-length albums. Those albums were drawn randomly into the bracket. The three of us voted on each matchup until we came up with a champion, to be named Change the Rotation's album of the year.

Bracket region 1

Full Communism by Downtown Boys defeated Mischief Brew's This Is Not For Children to take region 1. Screaming Females put out a great album this year but fell in the first round Don Giovanni matchup with Downtown Boys. Tel Aviv's Not On Tour got a vote but couldn't overcome Mischief Brew.

Bracket region 2

The first Good Riddance album in several years, Peace in Our Time, took down Sleater-Kinney's No Cities To Love to take the second region. Montreal's Oh My Snare! made the Sweet Sixteen with their debut album. Chicago's own Flesh Panthers had a rough first round draw against the first Sleater-Kinney album in a decade.

Bracket region 3

Jeff Rosenstock's We Cool? edged out War On Women's eponymous first full-length in region 3. Jeff Rosenstock also took out Chicago's Still Alive and the epic Titus Andronicus album. I was a little trigger happy writing Skizzwhores through to the Sweet Sixteen but Black Tower prevailed in that matchup.

Bracket region 4

Constructs of the State, the first Leftöver Crack album in more than a decade, came out ahead in region 4. Worriers' Imaginary Life did very well, taking out Night Birds and locals The Kreutzer Sonata. Jeff Rosenstock appears in this region as well with Antarctigo Vespucci.

Bracket final four

The old guard prevailed in the Final Four. Good Riddance and Leftöver Crack put out new albums for the first time in a long while this year. Obviously we all loved them.

Bracket champion

Constructs of the State by Leftöver Crack is Change the Rotation's album of the year. It joins the ranks of RVIVR's The Beauty Between (2013) and Against Me!'s Transgender Dysphoria Blues (2014). Check out all these great records from 2015.