2022 Listens

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

  1. Priya Ragu

    An all new way to slap. /ht Adam Wood

  2. Snail Mail

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

  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix always delivers for me.

  4. beabadoobee

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. I’m With Her

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

  11. Wet Leg

    Just raw and fun!

  12. Angelo Verploegen, Ed Verhoeff, Eric van der Westen

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

  13. 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. Jack White

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

  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers

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

  16. Kendra Morris

    Soulful. Funky. With violins. Yes.

  17. Whitney

    A lovely cover album.

  18. 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. Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes

    The percussion; it's complicated!

  20. The War On Drugs

    Front to back good.

  21. Cory Wong, Jon Batiste

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

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

  23. Lake Street Dive

    The first nine songs are nearly perfect.

  24. Brandi Carlile

    Another killer album from Carlile.

  25. Punch Brothers

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

  26. Sharon Van Etten, sharonvanetten

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

  27. Fleet Foxes

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

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

2022 Listens is an album list curated by Barry:

I'm one of the co-creators of Album Whale. I like music.

You can find me at bjhess.com.

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