2022 Listens

These are albums that I first discovered in 2022. I've spun them all frequently.

  1. damnshestamil by Priya Ragu
    damnshestamil damnshestamil
    Priya Ragu

    An all new way to slap. /ht Adam Wood

  2. Valentine by Snail Mail
    Valentine Valentine
    Snail Mail

    I've just given this one listen, but there will be more to come. /ht Jason Dettbarn

  3. Alpha Zulu by Phoenix
    Alpha Zulu Alpha Zulu

    Phoenix always delivers for me.

  4. Beatopia by beabadoobee
    Beatopia Beatopia

    I'm still not sure if I like this a little or more than a little, but I've listened to it a lot over the past couple of days.

  5. Live At the Jazz Cafe, London by D'Angelo
    Live At the Jazz Cafe, London Live At the Jazz Cafe, London

    I picked this up as an import CD, which only has seven (glorious) tracks. D'Angelo was at the height of his skills. (Fun fact, the liner notes mention Angie Stone is one of the backup singers for this show.)

  6. (self-titled) by Marcus Mumford
    (self-titled) (self-titled)
    Marcus Mumford

    I'm a Mumford fan from way back, and this is more of the similar if not the same. Not a bad thing IMO.

  7. There It Is by Brent Watkins
    There It Is There It Is
    Brent Watkins

    I think I ran into this because Watkins was conversing on a Reddit thread about streaming service audio quality. Turns out this is a chill album. Sounds great in Atmos.

  8. Good Luck, Kid by JOSEPH
    Good Luck, Kid Good Luck, Kid

    They opened for The Shins, supported by only an acoustic guitar and an electronic bass drum pedal. They received a standing ovation. Pretty impressive for performing without a full band!

  9. Blue Heron Suite by Sarah Jarosz
    Blue Heron Suite Blue Heron Suite
    Sarah Jarosz

    A beautiful recording. It feels like the band is sitting in the room with me. I'll have to listen to the lyrics at some point.

  10. See You Around by I’m With Her
    See You Around See You Around
    I’m With Her

    Get three geniuses together and the album turns out pretty good!

  11. Wet Leg by Wet Leg
    Wet Leg Wet Leg
    Wet Leg

    Just raw and fun!

  12. The Sweetest Sound by Angelo Verploegen, Ed Verhoeff, Eric van der Westen
    The Sweetest Sound The Sweetest Sound
    Angelo Verploegen, Ed Verhoeff, Eric van der Westen

    So smooth. So laid back. So precise. So well captured. See also The Duke Book.

  13. HARD by Tove Styrke
    Tove Styrke

    Pop that brings you back. Gated drums on the intro track make you think Phil Collins is involved. "Start Walking" and "Show Me Love" also slap.

  14. Fear Of The Dawn by Jack White
    Fear Of The Dawn Fear Of The Dawn
    Jack White

    "Hi-De-Ho" & "Into the Twilight". Woah.

  15. Unlimited Love by Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Unlimited Love Unlimited Love
    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    I quite liked their previous effort. This one isn't quite there, but it has some strong moments.

  16. Nine Lives by Kendra Morris
    Nine Lives Nine Lives
    Kendra Morris

    Soulful. Funky. With violins. Yes.

  17. Candid by Whitney
    Candid Candid

    A lovely cover album.

  18. An Evening with Silk Sonic by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic
    An Evening with Silk Sonic An Evening with Silk Sonic
    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic

    Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, and Silk Sonic. A smooth play on motown, with a fair bit of humor.

  19. What Kinda Music by Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes
    What Kinda Music What Kinda Music
    Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes

    The percussion; it's complicated!

  20. I Don’t Live Here Anymore by The War on Drugs
    I Don’t Live Here Anymore I Don’t Live Here Anymore
    The War on Drugs

    Front to back good.

  21. Meditations by Cory Wong, Jon Batiste
    Meditations Meditations
    Cory Wong, Jon Batiste

    Track 1, "Meditation", is achingly pretty. I'm warming to the rest.

  22. Few Good Things by Saba
    Few Good Things Few Good Things

    Shawn shared this and I can't disagree that it might be hip hop album of the year already.

  23. Obviously by Lake Street Dive
    Obviously Obviously
    Lake Street Dive

    The first nine songs are nearly perfect.

  24. In These Silent Days by Brandi Carlile
    In These Silent Days In These Silent Days
    Brandi Carlile

    Another killer album from Carlile.

  25. Hell on Church Street by Punch Brothers
    Hell on Church Street Hell on Church Street
    Punch Brothers

    I haven't listened closely yet, but I like what is on in the background.

  26. Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
    Remind Me Tomorrow Remind Me Tomorrow
    Sharon Van Etten

    Somehow I have never heard her music before. I'm just starting to dip into this one.

  27. Shore by Fleet Foxes
    Shore Shore
    Fleet Foxes

    This one is back to basics. "I'm Not the Season" is probably my favorite track.

  28. Brothertiger Plays: Covers From That One Really Good '80s Band by Brothertiger
    Brothertiger Plays: Covers From That One Really Good '80s Band Brothertiger Plays: Covers From That One Really Good '80s Band

    As a Tears for Fears fan, I think Brothertiger does some nice work here.

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