It’s been a long, tough winter. (It really is over now, right?) But it’s also been one great season for new music, with all sorts of impressive work coming from veterans and newcomers alike.

If its first quarter of is any indication, 2015 will be a stand-out year -- but will the new offerings by Madonna and Kendrick Lamar, for example, be overshadowed by what's to come?

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For now, here’s a look at 2015’s best albums so far.

(Tap the link above to launch the list.)