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RARB Picks of 2015

Welcome to RARB Picks of the Year, 2015 Edition!

Reviewers who published at least seven reviews in 2015 were asked to select one Pick of the Year and one Honorable Mention from albums that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers with fewer published reviews could choose only a Pick of the Year. (Albums chosen in both categories are listed as Picks only; the full listing may be found under individual reviewers.) Reviewers could submit descriptions of their picks, but were not required to.

Reviewers were also asked to select Tracks of the Year on a similar principle, again restricted to the tracks that they personally reviewed for RARB. Reviewers could also abstain from making selections in any or all categories.

Finally, our singles reviewers and editorial staff jointly chose one Single of the Year and one Honorable Mention.

Albums of the Year

Honorable Mentions

Tracks of the Year

Singles of the Year

Peter Hollens – Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love's Hair)

A honey-sweet voice and a rumbly bass have never paired as perfectly as Peter and Avi do on 2015's Single of the Year, Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love's Hair). With its strong swirling atmosphere that's both intense and mysterious, this well-known folk song gets a new lease on life with a restrained tempo that creates tension for a greater payoff. Refreshing and memorable, Black Is the Colour (Of My True Love's Hair) is a new classic for modern a cappella.

Honorable Mention

Twisted Measure (Elon University) – Chandelier

If you're ready for a good ol' fashioned emotional reaction, queue up Chandelier by Elon University's Twisted Measure. In a crowded field of top-notch singles, Chandelier captured our attention and hearts with its goosebump-inducing lead from Abby Franklin, who sings over well-controlled backs that know when to pop out and when to fade away. The arrangement sets the tone for impressive vocal drama that you don't want to miss.

Rebecca Christie

Jonathan Minkoff

Elie Landau


Kimberly Raschka Sailor

John Colton

Catherine Lewis

Malcolm Piper

Dave Bernstein

Brian Alexander

Sean P. Gorecki

Kyle Yampiro

Leigh Holmes Foster

Andrew Adams

Stephen Lanza


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