Jan 16, 2023

Best Albums of 2022

2022 I believe was a pretty great year for music. Plenty of wonderful albums were released but my favourite without not much doubt was the latest epic record from Big Thief. A band that basically has done nothing wrong produced a double album of great scope, emotion and creativity. And I finally got to see them live in late November, which was my favourite show of 2022. My much beloved Ty Segall produced another great record too. An album that was more mellow than usual but completely beautiful.  And I get to see him live next week, twice! It was a great year as well for veteran bands too. Spoon and Built to Spill made records of huge quality that I totally loved. And then Alex G returned to show he is one of the great talents of the world. My favourite discoveries were exciting as well. Chicago's Horsegirl rocked my world with their debut album, which included my favourite song of the year in 'Anti-Glory'. And MJ Lenderman gave us an album that recalled the glory days of 90s sound and yet still sounded fresh and new. You might have noticed that I like guitars. People say 'Rock is dead'. But it's really not. Mainstream music might reflect that, with nondescript pop dominating but trust me there is plenty of great music being made out there. It's just very marginalised.

1. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You-Big Thief
2. "Hello,Hi"-Ty Segall 
3. When The Wind Forgets Your Name-Built to Spill
4. Lucifer on the Sofa-Spoon
5. God Save the Animals-Alex G
6. Labyrinthitis-Destroyer
7. This is a Photograph-Kevin Morby
8. The Will to Live-Titus Andronicus
9. Ants From Up There-Black Country, New Road
10. Once Twice Melody-Beach House
11. Versions of Modern Performance-Horsegirl
12. Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky-Porridge Radio
13. You Belong There-Daniel Rossen
14. Big Time-Angel Olsen
15. Boat Songs-MJ Lenderman
16. Reset-Panda Bear & Sonic Boom
17. Twenty Twenty Twenty Twenty One-Spencer Krug
18. Cruel Country-Wilco
19. Time Skiffs-Animal Collective
20. Renaissance-Beyonce
21. YTILAER-Bill Callahan
22. We've Being Going About This All Wrong-Sharon Van Etten
23. Stumpwork-Dry Cleaning
24. Ugly Season-Perfume Genius
25. The Other Side of Make-Believe-Interpol
26. (watch my moves)-Kurt Vile
27. Mr Morale & The Big Steppers-Kendrick Lamar
28. Laurel Hell-Mitski
29. A Light for Attracting Attention-The Smile
30. Nothing Special-Will Sheff
31. Shepherd Head-Young Jesus
32. Reggae Film Star-Damien Jurado
33. I Walked With You a Ways-Plains
34. WE-Arcade Fire
35. Chloe and the Next 20th Century-Father John Misty
36. 11:11-Pinegrove
37. A Legacy of Rentals-Craig Finn
38. Radiator-Sadurn
39. Caroline-Caroline
40. The Bees-Frog Eyes
41. Life After Football-The Smith Street Band
42. Wet Leg-Wet Leg
43. The Sun Still Seems to Love-Shannen Moser
44. Magic Sign-Martin Courtney
45. Farm to Table-Bartees Strange
46. Running With the Hurricane-Camp Cope
47. Being Somewhere-Dan Mangan
48. Inside Problems-Andrew Bird
49. Personal Best-TRAAMS
50. Spark-Whitney


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