The Best Albums of 2022

Geez. It’s December again, so it’s time to officially determine what was the best albums of the year, I guess. (I do this by having Emacs list what albums I’ve played most during the year, so this is a scientifically sound and accurate method.)

But… it’s been one of those years — a number of pretty good albums, but no break-out albums that were a gazillion times better than anything else. No albums I’ve listened to a ton of times because they were just amazing, right? So the list is a bit kinda random. Sorry!

Various

PC Music Volume 3
A. G. Cook - Xxoplex (Official Video)

Adult.

Becoming Undone
ADULT. - "Our Bodies Weren't Wrong" (Official Video)

Cat Power

Covers
Cat Power - I'll Be Seeing You (Official Video)

Jenny Hval

Classic Objects
Jenny Hval - Year of Love (Official Video)

Boris

Tears e.p
Boris "どうしてもあなたをゆるせない” from 『tears e.p』

Arthur Russell

The Deer in The Forest (March 2 1985: Live at Roulette)
Arthur Russell - I Take This Time/Calling All Kids/Answers Me/Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Rare Footage)

Black Cab

Rotsler’s Rules
Black Cab - Rotsler's Rules (Clip 2021)

They Hate Change

Finally: New
They Hate Change - X-Ray Spex (Official Video)

Dry Cleaning

Stumpwork
Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork (Official Audio)

Jockstrap

I Love You Jennifer B
Jockstrap - 'Glasgow' (Official Video)

Lizzo

Special
Lizzo EVERYBODYS GAY 9/23/22 @FLA Live Arena

Porridge Radio

Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder To The Sky
Porridge Radio - Back To The Radio (Official Video)

The Weather Station

How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars
The Weather Station - Endless Time (Official Video)

Beth Orton

Weather Alive
Beth Orton - Weather Alive (Official Music Video)

Breathless

See Those Colours Fly
The Party's Not Over

TSHA

Capricorn Sun
TSHA - 'Running' (Official Video)

So if I haven’t listened to new music this year, what have I been listening to? Old music that I’ve bought? Nope, they land even further down on the list, but here’s the ten best older albums I’ve bought this year:

Cristina

Cristina

John Cale

Music For A New Society

Leslie Winer & Maxwell Sterling

Once I Was

Nina Simone

Little Girl Blue

Phew

Phew

Was (Not Was)

Wheel Me Out (Long Version)

Xeno & Oaklander

Topiary

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

So Far

Dry Cleaning

Sweet Princess EP

Floorplan

Supernatural

So that doesn’t explain it, either. Have I been listening to old music that I didn’t buy this year? Here’s the top ten of that, but that doesn’t really explain it either, because they don’t get many listens individually, either:

The Cure

Seventeen Seconds (1)

Joni Mitchell

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Joni Mitchell

Hejira

Kate Bush

The Dreaming

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel 1

Talking Heads

Fear of Music

Cabaret Voltaire

Groovy, Laidback and Nasty (vinyl)

Cabaret Voltaire

Here To Go

David Byrne and Brian Eno

My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Neil Young

After The Gold Rush

No, the explanation is (Emacs tells me) that I’ve listened to 2560 different albums with a total of 5490 listens, which gives us a mean of 2. (Ish.) I’ve just been really scatter-brained this year…

Here’s to a more focused 2023! Can’t be worse than 2022, right? RIGHT!?

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