November 27, 2022
2022 was a great year to be a music fan. Bands like Horsegirl released amazing debut albums, Angel Olsen went Americana, and Weyes Blood's songs were even more beautiful and heartrending. This list could have been twice as long, so much valuable music filled my days and informed my life this year.
These are the eleven albums I have recommended most to friends, Largehearted Boy readers, and complete strangers over the year (my personal metric for favorite music).
My favorite eleven albums of 2022:
The songs on Aldous Harding’s Warm Chris album are spare, vulnerable, and unforgettably beautiful.
Angel Olsen’s Big Time is her most vulnerable album yet, its themes of love and loss ring out with honest clarity on every song.
Cola’s Deep In View is post-punk in 2022’s best, brought to you by former Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy.
Florist's self-titled album may be the year's most beautiful, with its spare arrangements and soft vocals.
My favorite album of the year, Horsegirl’s Versions of Modern Performance wears the band’s influences on its sleeves, but the band is growing artistically and musically with every new song.
Hurray for the Riff Raff's LIFE ON EARTH is as stunning as it is sonically diverse as it showcases the epic storytelling of Alynda Segarra.
Jeanines’ new album Don't Wait For A Sign sounds a bit like the Vivian Girls with the vocals more up in the mix and less distortion. So good.
Julia Jacklin's PRE PLEASURE matches jangly guitars to some of the year's best hooks in this solid album.
At once both new and nostalgic, Momma's Household Name is the band’s most personal album yet.
Nina Nastasia's Riderless Horse is one of the year's most moving albums, inspired by the suicide of Nastasia's manager/partner Kennan Gudjonsson.
Weyes Blood’s new album And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow further cements my theory that Natalie Mehring is a modern reincarnation of Karen Carpenter. The second installment in the trilogy begun by her Titanic Rising release might be the year’s smartest and most moving pop album, a record that explores our collective disillusionment and anger.
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