Shaking off the previous years of pandemic blues, 2022 was a magnificent lion's roar of 12 months for music. So many great bands released fab albums that it was quite hard for me to pick only 22.
But I did. Here they are!
In an age of garbage pop, computer generated and voice modulated nonsense, it's refreshing to hear a band playing straight up guitar based pop. This Toronto based outfit released their third record this year and it's their best one yet.
The London Suede came roaring back in 2022 with a shovel to the head stunner of an album. All eleven tracks are mint. An instant Brit Rock classic...
So so happy this god-like genius is still kicking around and making great music. Doesn't everyone have this kind of fantasy life?
Johnny Marr continues his colossus like striding of the music world with another fantastic release this year. Sixteen tracks of power, love and soul!
Blossoms are one of those bands that remind of the golden era of Brit Rock. They release a few singles and EPs. Then their first album. And then they just GO, getting better with each record. I'm happy to see they are carrying the sword from the lady in the lake...
Barnsley, South Yorkshire has been beaming at these lads with their third long player storming across England with its passion and power. Cool dudes with guitars...
Liverpool's own The Wombats continue to offer sage advice and mind expanding sonic explorations that carry the torch of most excellent pop music. Brit Rock is alive and well!
Atlanta's Earthgang are the regents of rap music today. Ghetto Gods is an absolute triumph from start to finish. The world should take note of these truly gifted artists.
Mattiel is another great band from Atlanta that should be on everyone's radar. Their stellar pop is most inspirational!
The 80s are alive and well and The Fixx are making darn sure of that. What a fucking amazing record. I caught them live last summer and they are still incredible.
It's always an extra special treat when Todd releases a new record. Though he tours constantly, new albums come only come every few years. This one sees him returning to collaborations with a variety of artists. Here is one of my faves with Neil Finn.
Our kid is still a force with which to be reckoned. His third solo record is his best. I love the variety of styles and themes.
The Queen of Soul Psychedelia showered 2022 with more awesomeness. A truly soul lifting experience.
Speaking of soul, Sugar Ray Rayford is at the forefront of the soul revival that has all the rage for the last several years. I am so glad that this style of music is still being made.
The Sheffield lads continue their dominance over the musical world with yet another amazing offering. NME awarded The Car the number one spot this year for Best Album. It's a continuation of the themes and styles of their last record so you'd better find that martini and favorite lounge whilst listening.
This Brooklyn outfit just rips my heart out in the most wonderful ways with each new release. Their latest record cuts deep into my romantic soul...
The sonic realms created by this young man from Los Angeles are truly expansive. And yet, he manages to personalize so many of his songs. Listening to this latest record makes me feel like I'm in some sort of eternal lounge with love in the air...
I've loved this band for 25 years now and they haven't made a bad record. Their latest is one of their best. It kicks ass and rocks!
They haven't made that many albums but the ones they have made...wow. Their latest has been years in the making and the wait was well worth it. Roland and Curt are gems...
This one surprised me. I've like this band for a couple of decades and found their music to be enjoyable. Their 2022 offering is dragon level awesome. Every track is stunning and beautiful.
We all want to be pointed towards True North. A-Ha decided to record there and produce a mind boggling effort. Most folks know them as a one hit wonder that also did a James Bond song. But they are so much more and this record proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The Album of the Year is actually plural for the first time on this site. Ryan Adams has given new meaning to the word "prolific" with five releases this year, all of which are amazing. In fact, Adams has inspired me to create a new recognition here at MarkiesMusic and that's Artist of the Year.
In so many ways, Adams was 2022. His deep introspection and optimistic malaise was perfect for the year. I saw him live last October with my daughter and it was three hours of exactly why he's the greatest living American songwriter.
Here's a sampling of his output this year...