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Brandon Flowers

10 great pop albums in 2015 include works by the Weeknd, Adele, One Direction

The Weeknd, "Beauty Behind the Madness" (XO/Republic): Pop cleanup jobs don't come any more satisfying than this one by the once-shadowy R&B auteur, whose flashy new collaborators only make him seem more twisted.

Kacey Musgraves, "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville): Many expected the outspoken country singer to go rogue on the follow-up to her hit debut. But "Pageant Material" turned out to be something smaller and more poignant: an adventurer's tribute to the comforts of home.

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