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Top 50 Albums of 2022: 41-50

50. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE- TIME SKIFFS

PRESTER JOHN; CAR KEYS

49. ALEX G- GOD SAVE THE ANIMALS

RUNNER; MIRACLES

48. DESTROYER- LABYRYNTHITIS

TINTORETTO IT’S YOU; JUNE

47. BUILT TO SPILL- WHEN THE WIND FORGETS YOUR NAME

GONNA LOSE; NEVER ALRIGHT

46. SHARON VAN ETTEN- WE’RE GOING ABOUT THIS ALL WRONG

MISTAKES; PORTAL

45. PUP- THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND

MATILDA; RELENTLESS

44. CATE LE BON- POMPEII

POMPEII; MODERATION

43. BETH ORTON- WEATHER ALIVE

WEATHER ALIVE; FRACTALS

42. ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER- ENDLESS ROOMS

DIVE DEEP; BLUE EYED LAKE

41. THE 1975- BEING FUNNY IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

PART OF THE BAND; WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2022: 31-40

40. MEGAN THEE STALLION- TRAUMAZINE

PLAN B; BUDGET

39. ALDOUS HARDING- WARM CHRIS

FEVER; LEATHERY WHIP

38. ANGEL OLSEN- BIG TIME

GO HOME; BIG TIME

37. MITSKI- LAUREL HELL

THE ONLY HEARTBREAKER; SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU

36. CHARLI XCX- CRASH

YUCK; NEW SHAPES

35. THE BETHS- EXPERT IN A DYING FIELD

SILENCE IS GOLDEN; EXPERT IN A DYING FIELD

34. TYLER CHILDERS- CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN?

ANGEL BAND (HALLELUJAH VERSION); CAN I TAKE MY HOUNDS TO HEAVEN (HALLELUJAH VERSION)

33. FONTAINES D.C.- SKINTY FIA

JACKIE DOWN THE LINE; BIG SHOT

32. ARCADE FIRE- WE

UNCONDITIONAL II (RACE & RELIGION); AGE OF ANXIETY I

31. YARD ACT- THE OVERLOAD

THE OVERLOAD; 100% ENDURANCE

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2022: 21-30

30. BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD- ANTS FROM UP HERE

GOOD WILL HUNTING; CHAOS SPACE MARINE

29. DENZEL CURRY- MELT YOUR EYEZ SEE YOUR FUTURE

WALKIN; SANJURO

28. DRY CLEANING- STUMPWORK

HOT PENNY DAY; DON’T PRESSURE

27. YAYA BEY- REMEMBER YOUR NORTH STAR

ALRIGHT; POUR ME

26. SOUL GLO- DIASPORA PROBLEMS

SPIRITUAL LEVEL GANGSTA SHIT; (FIVE YEARS AND) MY FAMILY

25. SOCCER MOMMY- SOMETIMES FOREVER

DON’T ASK ME; SHOTGUN

24. NILUFER YANYA- PAINLESS

THE DEALER; MIDNIGHT SUN

23. HORSEGIRL- VERSIONS OF MODERN PERFORMANCE

ANTI-GLORY; OPTION 8

22. SPECIAL INTEREST- ENDURE

MIDNIGHT LEGEND; CONCERNING PEACE

21. WET LEG- WET LEG

WET DREAM; CHAISE LONGUE

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2022: 11-20

20. HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF- LIFE ON EARTH

RHODODENDRON; POINTED AT THE SUN

19. AMBER MARK- THREE DIMENSIONAL DEEP

WHAT IT IS; MOST MEN

18. JOCKSTRAP- I LOVE YOU JENNIFER B

GREATEST HITS; GLASGOW

17. TAYLOR SWIFT- MIDNIGHTS

ANTI-HERO; KARMA

16. PHOENIX- ALPHA ZULU

ALL EYES ON ME; TONIGHT (FEAT. EZRA KOENIG)

15. YEAH YEAH YEAHS- COOL IT DOWN

SPITTING OFF THE EDGE OF THE WORLD; WOLF

14. ZACH BRYAN- AMERICAN HEARTBREAK

HEAVY EYES; YOUNGER YEARS

13. THE WEEKND- DAWN FM

TAKE MY BREATH (ALBUM VERSION); GASOLINE

12. KENDRICK LAMAR- MR. MORALE & THE BIG STEPPERS

THE HEART PART 5; N95

11. BAD BUNNY- UN SERANO SIN TI

Despu├ęs De La Playa; Me Fui de Vacaciones

TOP ALBUMS OF 2022: 1-10

10. SZA- SOS

KILL BILL; NOTICE ME

9. PUSHA T- IT’S ALMOST DRY

DIET COKE; JUST SO YOU REMEMBER

8. THE SMILE- A LIGHT FOR ATTRACTING ATTENTION

THIN THING; THE SMOKE

7. BEACH HOUSE- ONCE TWICE MELODY

ONCE TWICE MELODY; SUPERSTAR

6. ROSALIA- MOTAMAMI

SAOKO; LA COMBI VERSACE

5. ALVVAYS- BLUE REV

BELINDA SAYS; PHARMACIST

4. BIG THIEF- DRAGON NEW WARM MOUNTAIN I BELIEVE IN YOU

SIMULATION SWARM; CHANGE

3. BEYONCE- RENAISSANCE

BREAK MY SOUL; SUMMER RENAISSANCE

2. SPOON- LUCIFER ON THE COUCH

MY BABE; THE HARDEST CUT

  1. SUDAN ARCHIVES- NATURAL BROWN PROM QUEEN

SELFISH SOUL, CHEVY S10

Top Albums of 2021: 41-50

50. MASTODON- HUSHED AND GRIM

Stuffed to the brim double album offers glimpses of what makes Atlanta metal institution Mastodon one of the best at what they do over the past two decades.

Best tracks- Teardrinker; Gigantum







49. MY MORNING JACKET- MY MORNING JACKET


First album in six years is a welcome return for Louisville, KY band who blur lines between jam band and indie rock.

Best tracks- Last Expected; Never In The Real World








48. DEAFHEAVEN- INFINITE GRAVITY

Fifth album by west coast black metal band is an extreme departure from their previous albums. The band shifts towards a shoegaze sound akin to the band Explosions In The Sky, with clean, intelligible vocals minus the demonic screaming. Gorgeous is less distinguishable.

Best tracks- Great Mass Of Color; Shellstar






47. CHLOE MORIONDO- BLOOD BUNNY

Thoughtful but pissed off indie-pop; a more underground version of Olivia Rodrigo.


Best tracks- Bodybag; Rly Don’t Care









46. YOUNG THUG- PUNK

Only the second “official” full-length album by massively influential Atlanta rapper is probably Thug’s most accessible and mellowest release to date despite its title.

Best tracks- Livin It Up; Icy Hot







45. LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM- LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

Seventh solo album released in the wake of his very public firing by Fleetwood Mac, LB is often a delight, especially when Buckingham is able to meld experimentation with his noted knack for melody.

Best tracks- On The Wrong Side; I Don’t Mind










44. A NATION OF LANGUAGE- A WAY FORWARD

Often excellent Brooklyn based indie synth pop band who recall mid eighties New Wave at its finest.

Best tracks- Across That Fine Line; This Fractured Mind







43. L’RAIN- FATIGUE

Beautifully thought provoking work by NYC based artist who combines free jazz, R&B, electronic music and indie rock with the avant-garde. Futuristic and forward leaning.

Best tracks- Two Face; Find It







42. VIAGRA BOYS- WELFARE JAZZ

Second album b y Swedish band who combine post-punk with black humor, dry wit and satire. Unfortunately Benjamin Valle, a band co-founder and guitarist recently passed away in October of ’21 making the future of the band in up in the air. Features stand out cuts like “Ain’t Nice” and “Creatures” as well as a cool cover of “In Spite Of Ourselves”.

Best Tracks- Ain’t Nice; Creatures






41. TIRZAH- COLOURGUARD

Second album by British experimental indie-pop artist. A Meditative and gorgeous exploration of early motherhood and the artist’s pregnancy, “Colourguard” highlights familial love and intimacy.

Best tracks- Send Me; Tectonic

Top Albums of 2021: 31-40

40. ST. VINCENT- DADDY’S HOME

Sixth studio album by singer/songwriter and phenom electric guitarist Annie Clark is a concept album inspired by her father’s recent release from prison for white collar crimes. Musically it’s a throwback to 60’s and 70’s psychedelia and lounge music.

Best tracks- The Melting Of The Sun; My Baby Wants A Baby






39. BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD- FOR THE FIRST TIME

Debut album by one of a handful of young, London band who successfully combine post-punk with prog-rock and experimental music. Black Country adds jazz with a prominently featured saxophone and violins added to the mix.

Best tracks- Track X; Sunglasses





38. STRAND OF OAKS- IN HEAVEN

Seventh album “In Heaven” is a return to form and the group’s best album since 2014’s “Heal”. Strand Of Oaks but the rock in folk rock adding elements of grunge. Features stand out lead single “Galacticana”

Best tracks- Galacticana; Sunbathers






37.DAWN RICHARD- SECOND LINE

Sixth studio album in a fascinating career from model, actress, musician and animator. Richard got her start as a member of Danity Kane in P. Diddy’s “Making The Band II”. She is now an indie artist signed to North Carolina label Merge Records putting out underground R&B music. “Second Line” is an homage to the music and culture of her hometown New Orleans.

Best tracks- Bussifame; Boomerang





36. BRANDI CARLILE- IN THESE SILENT DAYS

Seventh album by former Grammy winner. It took me way too long to hear and get into Carlile’s music but as soon as I took the plunge I took to it immediately. Her heavy take on country and beautiful, folkie ballads remind me of the classic rock that is often missing in today’s music. The band behind her sounds great as well.

Best tracks- Broken Horses; Sinners, Saints & Fools






35. THE BUG- FIRE

‘The Bug’ is the alias of British musician and producer Kevin Martin. He has been completely off of my radar since 2008’s amazing “London Zoo”. “Fire: captures the zeitgeist, paranoia and anger of our moment with its furious combo of dancehall, electronic music & UK Grime; featuring excellent British guest rappers throughout.

Best tracks- Vexed; Fuck Off





34. PARQUET COURTS- SYMPATHY FOR LIFE

With their seventh album “Sympathy For Life” NYC based indie rock band Parquet Courts have quietly proven themselves to be one of the most consistently reliable rock bands of the last decade. They tweak their sound just enough each time around, this time veering towards a funkier and more danceable sound than before.

Best tracks- Walking At A Downtown Pace; Homosapien







33. BLACK MIDI- CAVALCADE

Second album by London experimental rock band solidifies their standing as one of the most exciting young bands on the scene. “Cavalcade” may not hit with the surprise of their 2019 debut “Schlagenheim” but it’s beefed up sound sands off their edges a bit showing musical growth and a pathway forward.

Best tracks- Dethroned, John L







32. SHAME- DRUNK TANK PINK

Second album by South London, post-punk band is an improvement on their promising debut in every way- better songs, better sound and even more pissed off anger and energy than before.


Best tracks- 6/1; March Day








31. JAPANESE BREAKFAST- JUBILEE

Third album by American indie dream pop project, featuring song of the year candidate “Be Sweet”.


Best tracks- Be Sweet, Kokomo, IN

Top Albums of 2021: 21-30

30. SILK SONIC- AN EVENING WITH SILK SONIC

A fun collaboration between pop superstar Bruno Mars and multi-instrumentalist and genre jumping Anderson .Paak. It’s a throwback to seventies soul replete with all of the touchstones of the era, even including Bootsy Collins spoken word intros. It’s sure to dominate radio for years and can be enjoyed by everyone from your kids to your grandma.

Best tracks- Skate; Put A Smile On Me

29. POM POM SQUAD- DEATH OF A CHEERLEADER

Great debut album from Brooklyn four piece indie rock band who subvert female stereotypes, pulling inspiration from Riot Grrrrl punk, Motown and 60’s girl groups.

Best tracks- Drunk Voicemail, Head Cheerleader

28. GOJIRA- FORTITUDE

Seventh album by French Prog-Metal band Gojira, is their first since 2016’s amazing “Magma”. A thinking man’s metal band, Gojira tackle environmental and societal issues while pummeling your ear drums.

Key Tracks- Amazonia; New Found

27. SQUID- BRIGHT GREEN FIELD

Debut album by buzz-worthy Brit band Squid, may be my favorite of their scene this year. Each of these London bands bring their own unique take on post-punk and are able to carve out their own niche. Squid add both eighties new wave and seventies krautrock to give them both a slightly more accessible yet other times droopier sound than their counterparts. Four of the albums eleven tracks are over six minutes.

Best tracks- Narrator; G.S.K.

26. ILLUMINATI HOTTIES- LET ME DO ONE MORE

Official debut album by L.A. based indie band fronted by studio engineer Sarah Tudzin. Released after a series of buzz worthy mixtapes. “LMDOM” is a blast from start to finish, especially singles like “Pool Hopping” and “MMMOOOAAAAYAYA”

Best tracks- Pool Hopping; MMMOOOAAAAYAYA

25. INDIGO DE SOUZA- ANY SHAPE YOU WANT IT

Second album by Asheville, NC based indie singer-songwriter is a fun, catchy throwback to nineties grunge-pop like the Breeders, Veruca Salt & Belly, which features absolute standout single “Hold U”.

Best tracks- Hold U; Kill Me

24. KACEY MUSGRAVES- STAR-CROSSED

Unfairly compared to its career peak predecessor, 2018’s “Golden Hour”, “Star-Crossed” may have been slightly disappointing at first but gets better with each listen. Kacey, who started out in Country, has become one of our modern era’s best singer-songwriters and now writes mostly in the pop realm and is only somewhat Country-adjacent. Here she chronicles her recent marriage from its exciting beginnings to disappointing divorce.

Best tracks- Bread Winner; Good Wife

23. FAYE WEBSTER- I KNOW I’M FUNY HAHA

Fourth album by Atlanta indie-folk singer, Webster only reached my radar with 2019’s “Atlanta Millionaire’s Club”. She is s funny, unique and provocative writer backed by a killer band well versed in country stylings. The first half of the album is note perfect with only a slight dip in quality in the second half.

Best Tracks- Better Distractions; Sometimes

22. CHVRCHES- SCREEN VIOLENCE

Fourth album by Scottish synth-pop trio is at least their best outing since their 2013 debut, even as they’ve grown past their biggest era of fame and sales they continue to make very high quality music.

Best tracks- How Not To Drown; Good Girls

21. SNAIL MAIL- VALENTINE

Follow up album to critically acclaimed 2018 debut “Lush” by DC area based singer songwriter who has only in her teen years during the release of “Lush”. “Valentine” may be only a slight step down for her but highlights like the title track and “Glory” are as good as her best songs. And she continues to rip on guitar giving more nods to nineties indie rock.

Best tracks- Valentine; Glory

Top Albums of 2021- 11-20

20. PINKPANTHERESS- TO HELL WITH IT

Early twenty-something British singer-songwriter and producer who blew up last year on Tik Tok. builds short songs out of recognizable hooks from nineties and early 2000’s dance music. Simultaneously innovative and nostalgic.

Best Tracks- I Might Apologise; Break It Off

19. LANA DEL REY- BLUE BANNISTERS

Second full-length release of 2021, “Blue Bannisters” affirms Del Rey’s status as one of the most prolific and important singer-songwriters of our new decade. Less conceptual and more free-wheeling and loose than her other recent albums.

Best tracks- Dealer; Textbook

18. JULIEN BAKER- LITTLE OBLIVIONS

Third album by another stand-out young singer-songwriter in her mid-twenties. “Little Oblivions” shows Baker beefing up her sound to that of a full band even though she plays nearly every instrument. It may be a slight step down from “Turn Off The Lights”, but it’s still a consistently rewarding listen.

Best tracks- Ringside; Song In E

17. THE WEATER STATION- IGNORANCE

Fantastically gorgeous album of jazzy, synth-driven indie music focused on environmental catastrophe and the absolute beauty of our natural world. Includes late-period capitalism take-down “Robber”, one of the best songs of 2020.

Best tracks- Robber; Atlantic

16. JAZMINE SULLIVAN- HEAUX TALES

Thirty-minute concept album about love and sex, sung by R&B vocal phenom Sullivan, with spoken interludes from various women who embody the subjects of each beaux tale. Includes stand-our tracks “The Other”, “Lost One” and “Pick Up Your Feelings”

Best tracks- Pick Up Your Feelings; The Other One

15. THE WAR ON DRUGS- I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

Fifth album by Philly rock band who have quietly become one of the most consistently quality rock bands of the past decade. TWOD continue to reappropriate the sounds of eighties boomer synth-rock (think “Tunnel Of Love” and Dire Straits among others), with more focus than before on tightly constructed songs and melodies.

Best tracks- I Don’t Live Here Anymore; Living Proof

14. ADELE- 30

Fourth album release by the biggest artist in music today. “30” finds Adele transforming her life in the wake of her recent divorce. It’s her most sonically ambitious and musically varied album to date and should generate tons of radio airplay for years. Adele remains as heartbreaking but relatable as ever.

Best tracks- To Be Loved; Oh My God

13. LOW- HEY WHAT

Previous album “Double Negative” was a huge musical about face by this long running slow core indie dup institution. “Hey What” continues in the same vein and while it lacks the thrill and shock of the new of its predecessor , Low are able to find fresh angles and sounds and once again seem to capture the sociopolitical zeitgeist of the moment.

Best tracks- The Price You Pay (Must Be Wearing Off); Days Like These

12. LITTLE SIMZ- SOMETIMES I MIGHT BE AN INTROVERT

Fourth album by UK female rapper who has long been bubbling just under most people’s radar for a number of years. “Introvert” looks like it has blown her up bigger than before, at least critically where she topped a pile of year end lists, while receiving accolades from her heroes like Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar. Little Simz struggles to balance her public persona with her private self raising relatable questions on the nature and problems of fame.

Best tracks- Woman; I Love You, I Hate You

11. Billie Eilish- HAPPIER THAN EVER

Second major label album and follow up to Grammy sweeping “hen We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go”. “Happier” lacks a world conquering hit like “Bad Guy” but may be an even better overall than it’s also great predecessor. The wildly talented Billie and brother collaborator Finneas are one of the most unique and best musical voices of the modern era. Features 2020 hits “Therefore I Am” and “My Future”.

Best tracks- Therefore I Am; Billie Bossa Nova

Top Albums of 2021: 1-10

10. HELADO NEGRO- FAR IN

After a decade recording, Helado Negro finally broke through, at least in the indie world, with 2019’s “This Is How You Smile”. Follow up “Far In”, to me, is a big step forward for the band from “Smile”. A close listen on headphones reveals intricate layers of sound presented in exquisite musical detail, though the album works equally well as pleasant background music during a beautiful summer afternoon.

Key Tracks- Aureole, Hometown Dream

9. ICEAGE- SEEK SHELTER

One of the most underrated modern rock bands, the Danish band Iceage continues to change up its sound while remaining consistently great. I wonder if they would have been bigger in an era where rock was more prominent?

Key tracks- Dear Saint Ceceilia; High And Hurt

8. TYLER, THE CREATOR- CALL ME IF U GET LOST

Six albums into a whirlwind career, it is clear to me that Tyler, the Creator has one of the most surprisingly great arcs in rap history. After taking some creatively ambitious detours away from rap on his last three albums to excellent results, Tyler returns to pure rap on this fun & joyous mixtape released out of nowhere last summer. Features great guest turns by Lil Wayne, Pharrell, Brent Faiyaz, Young Boy Neverbrokeagain & more.

Key Tracks- Hot Wind Blows; Juggernaut

7. WIKI- HALF GOD

NYC rapper’s third album is my favorite rap album of the year. Wiki, once a part of the fairly prominent group Ratking, was completely off of my radar until “Half God”, which is a harder and more mature than any of his past music. Excellently produced by rapper Navy Blue and featuring the great Earl Sweatshirt on track “All I Need”.

Best tracks- Drug Supplier; Roof

6. LANA DEL REY- CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB

Lana continues to grab the zeitgeist and her winning streak with her first of two 2021 albums. “Chemtrails” revels in escapism and nostalgia as it embodies an empire in steep decline. A party at the end of the world. Features great Joni Mitchell cover “For Free”.

Best Tracks- Tulsa Jesus Freak; White Dress

5. LUCY DACUS- HOME VIDEO

Third and best studio album by Ruichmond, VA singer-songwriter is an examination of Dacus’s stifling childhood growing up closeted and religious in the south. Dacus writes with fine detail in tracks like “VBS”, where she befriends a metal head at bible camp. There are many moments in “Home Video” which make the hair raise on my arms. Dacus and the crack band behind her know how to do a slow build from quiet acoustic to a loud, anthemic chorus that rocks.

Key Tracks- Hot & Heavy; VBS

4. DRY CLEANING- NEW LONG LEG

London Neo-post punk four-piece band fronted by vocalist Florence Shaw who’s vocals are mostly just a droll, spoken word narration while backed by tense, angular guitar and bass licks heavily indebted to Gang of Four and Joy Division. More unique and awesome than it sounds.

Key tracks- Scratchguard Lanyard; Unsmart Lady

3. LIL NAS X- MONTERO

Wildly successful debut album by one of the most surprising stars in music today. Lil Nas X appeared out of nowhere in the beginning of 2019 with country, rap hybrid “Old Town Road”, which became one of the biggest crossover smashes this side of “Happy”, or “Gangnam Style”, or “Uptown Funk”. It took me about a 100 listens before I appreciated it but even then, Nas X seemed to have one hit wonder written all over him. In the lead up to this album he then released a video for the title track featuring him getting a lap dance in hell by two male demons. Drawing expected fire from the Christian Right, Nas X has managed simultaneously to be both extremely provocative and likable- not an easy feat to pull. “Montero” the album, is laden with smash songs, both within and outside of rap.

Best Tracks- Montero (Call Me By Your Name); Sun Goes Down

2. OLIVIA RODRIGO- SOUR

A pop album by a former Disney star is my number two album of the year? Like Lil Nas X at number three color me surprised! Like “Old Town Road” it took me awhile to get why Rodrigo’s smash hit “Driver’s License” released last January, was loved by so many. It didn’t really resonate with me until after I heard and loved her subsequent singles “Good 4 U”, and “Deja Vu”. I relented, purchased the album and now I pretty much love the whole thing. “Sour” keeps the focus mostly on teenage heartbreak, the old music cliche’, but Rodrigo’s sharp songwriting, powerful vocals and punk spirit bring a fresh new spin on an old trope.

Best Tracks- Good 4 U; Deja Vu

  1. TURNSTILE- GLOW ON

Another huge surprise for me sits at the top of the 2021 heap. I had previously heard Baltimore hardcore band, Turnstile but thought them mostly a better than average punk band. “Glow On” is a monster leap forward for the group and is one of the more innovative hardcore albums I’ve ever heard. Turnstile incorporate so many seemingly disparate elements- pop, rap, grunge, r&b, post-punk etc…while keeping hardcore’s furious, energetic spirit. Brings to mind albums like Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Green Day’s “Dookie” & At The Drive-In’s “Relationship of Command” in pointing a new way forward for punk and hardcore music.

Best Tracks- Mystery; Wild WRLD