This year's summary may be slightly more concise than usual, as I have a 3 year old begging me to watch the Paw Patrol movie with him and I’m already a week late getting this to Aaron. But it’s better than nothing! And as I told Aaron in an email, I have to thank him for keeping me on top of current music. Every year I know I’m going to get that email from him in early December, and while I may not see nearly as much live music as I did pre-kids, at least I can still feel somewhat connected to the music world because Aaron is keeping me honest! It also keeps my Spotify from devolving into a best of The Wiggles (that’s what my Apple Music account is for). So thank you, Aaron. Let’s do this!
1. Angel Olsen, Big Time
What a treat when an artist you’ve loved for a long time puts out the best album of their career. This album is beautiful. Do yourself a favor and go see her live.
2. Lizzo, Special
If you don’t like Lizzo you’re simply dead inside. I don’t know how it’s possible to dislike this album. Lizzo was one of the few concerts I made it to this year, and I danced, I sang, I cried. I also went to bed at 12:30 and cried (again) the next day because I was so tired, but it was worth it!
3. Plains, I Walked With You A Ways
What a treat this album is. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I absolutely love it. Fun to see Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) in a new project.
4. MUNA, MUNA
You’ll dance, you’ll cry. Apparently that’s a theme for my 2022.
5. Mitski, Laurel Hell
Not better than her last album, Be The Cowboy, but still fantastic. And another concert I made it to this year! If you’re not listening to Mitski what are you even doing?
6. MJ Lenderman, Boat Songs
Ok confession, the first two songs of this album made me say “ok, Built to Spill.” I’m glad I kept listening because this is a very special album - very much in the vein of BTS (so if that’s your thing check him out!), but absolutely an artist that stands on their own.
7. Kevin Morby, This Is A Photograph
What can I say, Morby does it again. The duet on my playlist is beautiful.
8. Wet Leg, Wet Leg
More dancing, less crying.
9. Dehd, Blue Skies
Listen to Dehd. All of their albums are great.
10. Will Sheff, Nothing Special
Will Sheff finally releases an official solo album, and it gave me the space to really sit back and enjoy it. Anything he released under the Okkervil River moniker caused me to compare it to previous Okkervil albums I loved, and that made it hard to enjoy them (well and some were just not good). I’m glad he finally stepped away from that, because this album deserves its own space.