Favourite Music of 2022

Favourite Album

Florence + The Machine – Dance Fever

I went back and forth between several albums that could have gone here (see Honourable Mentions). But as a longtime fan of Florence + The Machine, it felt right to put Welch’s grand, beautiful epic of an album in the top slot. From the second the needle drops on side-one, track-one of Dance Fever, you’re captivated, lost in the music, dancing along and ignoring the world. Whether you’re physically dancing around your living room or mentally dancing at your office desk, the album grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go. It perfectly encapsulates the musical spirit of Florence + The Machine without feeling like a “typical” effort from them.

Honourable Mentions: Charley Crockett – The Man from Waco; Weyes Blood – And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow; Angel Olsen – Big Time.

Favourite Debut Album

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

The genre-hopping range on display with Wet Leg’s self-titled debut album makes a statement that they’re here to make their music their way. Fortunately, it never feels like a statement piece, and just a fun new record harkening back to the days of rifling through offerings at the music store of your choice, scanning it in for a preview, and falling in love with the snippets, enough to make you spend the entire money you have on it. That’s Wet Leg.

Favourite From an Old Favourite

Simple Minds – Direction of the Heart

I hit play on this not entirely expecting much. Here’s this 40-year-old one-hit wonder of a band, best remembered for an era-defining anthem from a teen movie (I know they’ve been active since ’79, I just wasn’t paying attention). I thought it would be a fun yet disposable trip down nostalgia lane. But what I got was a wild trip truly exploring and showcasing their talents as a band. Definitely frames them as more than “That band that had that one song.”

Honourable Mentions: Arctic Monkeys – The Car; Hanson – Red Green Blue

Favourite New Discovery

Fantastic Negrito – White Jesus Black Problems

I listen to enough modern blues and blues-rock that Fantastic Negrito should have come onto my radar much sooner than he did. But whenever you end up discovering an artist you enjoy is the best time. There’s no expiration date on good music. I had this on repeat over on TIDAL, and it sent me down the rabbit hole of his back catalogue, much to my joy.

Honourable Mention: Alvvays – Blue Rev

Best of the Rest

The rest of the year’s music that really got me moving is presented in no particular order. Just a bunch of albums for you to check out.

American Aquarium – Chicamacomico

Ari Lennox – Age/Sex/Location

Bad Bunny – Un Verano Sin Ti

Beach Bunny – Emotional Creature

Betty Who – Big

Dorothy – Gifts From The Holy Spirit

Harry Styles – Harry’s House

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Life on Earth

Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Lizzo – Special

Lykke Li – Eyeye

Miranda Lambert – Palomino

Nikki Lane – Denim & Diamonds

Orville Peck – Bronco

Rina Sawayama – Hold the Girl

Rosalia – Motomami

Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever

Taylor Swift – Midnights

Tove Lo – Dirt Femme

Vince Staples – Ramona Park Broke My Heart

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