Sean’s Favorite Albums of 2022

This past year, I turned 30 which is an arbitrary year to which we (by this I mean, I) attribute a lot of existential weight. Every year, I arbitrarily rank some of my favorite albums from the year. I suppose any tradition is worth re-evaluating, and as if to confirm that notion, I also re-set my website this past year and, in the process, also lost the last 5 or so years of my lists. No, I didn’t have backups saved. See, aging is arbitrary; every year, I vow to become more organized and… well, here we are. Still, I can’t quit the process of revisiting a year through the albums that took me through it. Here are fifty albums (and some more because I couldn’t bear to leave them out even though I have left them unranked) that I kept coming back to this year.

Spotify Playlist: Fifty Favorite Albums of 2022

  1. billy woods & Preservation – Aethiopes
  2. Big Thief – Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
  3. Soul Glo – Diaspora Problems
  4. Alvvays – Blue Rev
  5. McKaya McCraven – In These Times
  6. Nilfüer Yanya – Painless
  7. Vince Staples – Ramona Park Broke My Heart
  8. Black Country, New Road – Ants from Up There
  9. Quinn Christopherson – Write Your Name in Pink
  10. Leyla McCalla – Breaking the Thermometer
  11. Nick Hakim – COMETA
  12. Special Interest – Endure
  13. Bartees Strange – Farm to Table
  14. Björk – Fossora
  15. Steve Lacy – Gemini Rights
  16. Contour – Onwards!
  17. E L U C I D – I Told Bessie
  18. billy woods – Church
  19. Beyonce – Renaissance
  20. Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
  21. Caroline Shaw – Evergreen
  22. Say She She – Prism
  23. Yaya Bey – Remember Your North Star
  24. Open Mike Eagle – Component System with the Auto Reverse
  25. Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen
  26. Rosalía – MOTOMAMI
  27. Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor
  28. Jacob Banks – Lies about the War
  29. Dawn Richard and Spencer Zahn – Pigments
  30. SZA – SOS
  31. The Smile – A Light for Attracting Attention
  32. Cate Le Bon – Pompeii
  33. Syd – Broken Hearts Club
  34. Carly Rae Jepsen – The Loneliest Time
  35. Leikeli47 – Shape Up
  36. Beach House – Once Twice a Melody
  37. Smino – Luv 4 Rent
  38. Lorelei K – Swimming Pool Eternity
  39. Boldy James & Nicholas Craven – Fair Exchange No Robbery
  40. Shamir – Heterosexuality
  41. J.I.D. – The Forever Story
  42. The Comet Is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam
  43. Saba – Few Good Things
  44. Kikagaku Moyo – Kumoyo Island
  45. Kids on a Crime Spree – Fall in Love Not in Line
  46. Earl Sweatshirt – Sick!
  47. Ethel Cain – Preacher’s Daughter
  48. Dehd – Blue Skies
  49. Omar Apollo – Ivory
  50. Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Other Favs (in no particular order)

  • R.A.P. Ferreira – Five to the Eye with Stars
  • Ka – Languish Arts
  • Ka – Woeful Studies
  • Shabaka – Afrikan Culture
  • Cameron McCloud – 7 Days in the Life
  • Sweet Pill – Where the Heart Is
  • MJ Lenderman – Boat Songs
  • Mitski – Laurel Hell
  • Ghais Guevara – There Will Be No Super Slave
  • Plains – I Walked with You a Ways
  • Show Me the Body – Trouble the Water
  • Big Joanie – Back Home
  • Binker and Moses – Feeding the Machine
  • Gabriels – Angels & Queens – Part 1
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Cool It Down
  • The Chats – Get Fucked
  • Jitwam – Third
  • MUNA – Kind of Girl
  • Fly Anakin – Frank
  • Quelle Chris – DEATHFAME

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