Album of the Year 2022

I’ve been gone so I don’t know if this was already started. But here we go.

In loose order:

Annika Norlin - Mentor

Mountain Goats - Bleed Out (holding this space)

Wet Leg - s/t

Cloud Cult - Metamorphosis

Diane Coffee - With People

Josh Ritter - Truth is a Dimension EP

Jens Lekman - (re-recorded reissues)

Katy J Pearson - Sound of the Morning

Andrew Bird - Inside Problems

Rural Alberta Advantage - The Rise EP

Regina Spektor - Home, Before and After

Big Thief - Dragon Warm…

Stella - Up and Away

Chris Bathgate - Silence is for Suckers

Ronnie Martin - From the Womb of the Morning

Plus waiting on some others - Alela Diane, TMOE, Future Islands, Junius Meyvant, etc.

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I have been unable to make many music purchases in recent years but now that I’m streaming again I will be able to do some catching up. These are some current favorites from 2022.

Drive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Lee Bains & the Glory Fires - Old-Time Folks
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good and Green Again
Angel Olsen - Big Time

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  1. Automatic - Excess
  2. Wet Leg - Wet Leg
  3. Boy Harsher – The Runner (Original Soundtrack)
  4. Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point
  5. Death Bells - Between Here & Everywhere
  6. Rosegarden Funeral Party - In the Wake of Fire
  7. Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
  8. Midnight Oil - Resist
  9. Porridge Radio - Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
  10. The Regrettes - Further Joy
  11. Interpol - The Other Side of Make-Believe
  12. The Gathering - Parade
  13. Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos
  14. Alice Glass - Prey//IV

This list will evolve as the year goes on. The rankings also tend to shuffle around throughout the year.

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I really like Nilüfer Yanya - Painless and Fontaines DC - Skinty Fia albums this year as well.

I’d like to add Bartees Strange and his album Farm to Table to the discussion. I’ve really become enamored of Bartees and it definitely helps that he has a stellar ep of The National covers.

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Below are some current favorites. There are still more than a few that I haven’t gotten to checking out including the latest from Wilco and the Dead Tongues. It’s more than telling that I haven’t gotten around to the new Wilco yet as over time, I’ve been less and less enamored of their newer albums. This started around the time of The Whole Love. Ode to Joy became the first album of theirs I didn’t purchase.

Drive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Lee Bains & the Glory Fires - Old-Time Folks
Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time
S.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks
The Beths - Expert in A Dying Field
Alvvays - Blue Rev
Plains - I Walked with You A Ways
Anna Tivel - Outsiders
Beth Orton - Weather Alive
Will Stewart - Slow Life
Kenny Roby - Kenny Roby
Kelsey Waldon - No Regular Dog
Bonny Light Horseman - Rolling Golden Holy
Angel Olson - Big Time
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good and Green Again

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Alvvays - Blue Rev
Nilüfer Yanya - Painless
Fontaines DC - Skinty Fia
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Destroyer - Labyrinthitis
MJ Lenderman - Boat Songs
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
Kendrick Lamar -Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
Craig Finn - A Legacy of Rentals

There’s 10.

I also liked DBT, Sloan, Endure, Black Country, New Road, Spoon.

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2022 seemed like a huge music year and it was hard to select my faves. Below are some of the ones that stood out. Most are albums and some are marked as singles I liked.

Upchuck - Facecard (single)
Big Joanie- Back Home
Ekkstacy - I Want to Die in Your Arms (single)
Lounge Society- Tired of Liberty
X Ray Spex- They Hate Change (single)
Black Country, New Road- Ants from Up There
Yeule- Glitch Princess
Bobby Lees - Bellevue
Bartees Strange- Farm to Table
The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
Alvvays - Blue Rev
Tears for Fears- Tipping Point
Black Tones - The End of Everything (single)
Angel Olson - Big Time

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These are my favorite albums of the year. There are more that I listened to but these are the ones that stood out most to me in one way or another. Some, I’ve spent more of a considerable amount of time with than others. There are also others I just never got around to. Nothing against them but there are only so many hours in a day and as much as I’d love to, I’m not able to devote but so much time per day listening to music. That’s mostly in my car going to and from work, road trips, and beach trips.

I don’t use any apps to track my listening habits but I can say without question that the album I listened to most in 2022 was Julia Jacklin’s Crushing from 2019. That was followed closely by Alvvays’ debut from 2014. It was a year of catching up for me after going roughly two years without listening to anything beyond single songs on my laptop. Other albums from previous years I got around to in 2022 that got multiple spins also include Margo Cilker’s Pohorylle and the debut album from Mylee Grace, Whiplash in the Moshpit, both from 2021. My favorite song of the year is “Wilder Days” by Drive-By Truckers which also just so happens to come from my favorite album of the year, Welcome 2 Club XIII. RIP, Wes Freed.

I also have to mention a late entry, Delusions of Grandeur by Sophie and the Broken Things. Sophie was Margo Cilker’s lead guitarist when I saw her at Cat’s Cradle - Back Room back in September where she proceeded to tear that shit up throughout the show. She told me about her band then but I just now got around to listening to their debut album. If not for seeing her with Margo I wouldn’t know about it. If you’re a fan of the roots rock/Americana thing, it should be right up your alley. I hear shades of Emmylou (among other influences) but their sound is all their own. Highly recommended.

Drive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You

Plains - I Walked With You A Ways

S.G. Goodman - Teeth Marks

The Beths - Expert in A Dying Field

Beth Orton - Weather Alive

Lee Bains & the Glory Fires - Old-Time Folks

Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good and Green Again

Will Stewart - Slow Life

Anna Tivel - Outsiders

Kenny Roby - self-titled

Bonny Light Horseman - Rolling Golden Holy

Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time

The Dead Tongues - Dust

Kelsey Waldon - No Regular Dog

Kaitlin Butts - What Else Can She Do

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters - The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Sarah Lee Langford and Will Stewart - Bad Luck and Love

Angel Olsen - Big Time

Alvvays - Blue Rev

Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure

Sophie and the Broken Things - Delusions of Grandeur

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There have been such great records released this year, but I think the two I’ve listened to the most are the Alvvays record and Bartees Strange’s Farm to Table. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs got a lot of play and the new Built to Spill is really fantastic too. A dark horse that kept creeping into my playlists was Anand Wilder’s (of Yeasayer) record I Don’t Know My Words. A great groovy collection of songs.

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I only listened to one full album last year and it was Muse’s “Will Of The People”. I like it ok, which is better than I could say about some of their albums.

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My favourite albums this year (and like DriverNate there’s a lot I haven’t got to yet):

Big Thief
Alvvays
Bonny Light Horsemen
Haines/Buck

My favourite album from this year is actually from last year, but I only listened to it this year: War on Drugs - I Don’t Live Here Anymore.

Obviously, by this year, I mean last year. And by last year, I mean the year before last.

I think.

Happy new year all. Here’s to the Up reissue, and a Stipe solo album!

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I don’t have a long list, but I think my favorite is First Aid Kit’s Palomino.

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My final list, in order of preference, comes down to this…

  1. Automatic - Excess
  2. Alvvays - Blue Rev
  3. Wet Leg - Wet Leg
  4. Death Bells - Between Here & Everywhere
  5. Secret Shame - Autonomy
  6. Rosegarden Funeral Party - In the Wake of Fire
  7. Boy Harsher – The Runner (Original Soundtrack)
  8. Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point
  9. Suzi Moon - Dumb & In Luv
  10. The Glove - Boom Nights
  11. Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
  12. Minuit Machine - 24
  13. Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork
  14. Vision Video - Haunted Hours
  15. Smirk - Material
  16. Soft Kill - Canary Yellow
  17. Porridge Radio - Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
  18. The Paranoyds - Talk Talk Talk
  19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Cool It Down
  20. Upchuck - Sense Yourself
  21. Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
  22. Black Swan Lane - Blind
  23. Water From Your Eyes - Structure
  24. Midnight Oil - Resist
  25. The Regrettes - Further Joy
  26. Interpol - The Other Side of Make-Believe
  27. Taylor Swift - Midnights
  28. The Gathering - Parade
  29. Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia
  30. Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos
  31. Alice Glass - Prey//IV
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My favourites - not in any particular order:

Eros Agape Philia - Sara Parkman
Nebraska - Ryan Adams
Dawn FM - The Weeknd
Laurel Hell - Mitski
Entering Heaven Alive - Jack White
Les Racines - Vieux Farka Touré
Harry’s House - Harry Styles
Only The Strong Survive - Bruce Springsteen
Fossora - Björk
Maliba - Fatoumata Diawara
Inside Problems - Andrew Brid

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Household Name by Momma
Sometimes Forever by Soccer Mommy
Emotional Creature by Beach Bunny
Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar
Versions of Modern Performance by Horsegirl

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There’s definitely a lot of stuff in this post that I need to check out.

Three of my fave’s for the year are:

Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa (and Moon)
Andrew Bird - Inside Problems.
Ball Park Music - Weirder and Weirder.

Ball Park Music would be my pick of the 3 and would easily be my most-listened-to 2022 release.

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