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The 3 North Texas Albums National Critics Paid the Most Attention to in 2015

Or: What national critics missed out on last year.

At this point, we’re as sick of end-of-year lists as you are. Trust us. 2016 is well and truly underway, and we should start looking out for the artists who will be making waves this year. We will, but humor us for one last look back.

Now that the dust has settled on 2015, we were curious to see what albums released by North Texas artists featured in the deluge of year-end lists issued by critics at national and occasionally international publications and websites. We did some strategic Googling and spent some time crawling through year-end lists, particularly to see if outstanding 2015 albums by some of the area’s more high-profile acts (Rhett Miller, for example) made the cut anywhere notable.

To make things more manageable and set a higher bar, we eventually decided to limit our search to albums that reached the top 10 of any given list. To that end, we mostly relied on this Metacritic page, a handy compilation of 136 top-10 lists from media outlets of some significance. After wading through the results, we found there were really only three releases that fit our criteria — Four if you count Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez’s Revival, which had one appearance at No. 8 on the list of Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield. (For the record, we’re not counting Kacey Musgraves, because as fantastic as she is, Mineola is 80 miles away.)

There are a few lessons we drew from this exercise. One: National publications should pay more attention to Bobby Sessions, Brent Best, Radioactivity, and a load of other acts justly featured in a number of local round-ups. Two: We should pay more attention to the Dallas metal outfit Dead To A Dying World. Three: Writers, including us, miss things, and sometimes have bad opinions.

Here are the three albums that got the most critical fawning:

Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Erykah Badu – But You Caint Use My Phone

Dead To A Dying World – Litany