Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2022 So Far

Rolling Stone's Best Albums of 2022 So Far

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Aṣa - V
February 25, 2022

Angel Olsen - Big Time
June 3, 2022
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
Six albums in, the indie rock darling makes a joyful, triumphant breakthrough.

Anitta - Versions of Me
April 12, 2022
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
For the Brazilian singer-MC-dancer personal freedom means seizing control and pursuing pleasure.

Avril Lavigne - Love Sux
February 25, 2022
Critic Score
65
15 reviews
She hasn’t had this much fun in years, reminding us that her original sound was a blueprint for today’s pop-punk boom.

Bad Bunny - Un Verano Sin Ti
May 6, 2022
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

The length of the album produces some lulls and selections that are pretty mid: Unsurprisingly, the most mainstream reggaeton songs on here land among the least interesting.

Becky G. - ESQUEMAS
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
80
1 review
The ascending Mexican-American star’s sonic choices have never felt more deliberate or personal.

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
85
32 reviews

Beloved indie-folk band delivers a 20-song album full of slanted revelation.

Black Star - No Fear of Time
May 3, 2022
Critic Score
69
6 reviews
The beloved Nineties duo’s new work resounds like a Mandarin manifesto for the 99 percent.

BTS - Proof
June 10, 2022
Critic Score
80
3 reviews

The 3-CD set surveys their story so far, offers fascinating glimpses of roads not taken and contains must-hear new music

Camila Cabello - Familia
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
70
11 reviews
The singer’s third album is full of complex heartbreak and boundary-crossing music.

Camp Cope - Running with the Hurricane
March 25, 2022
Critic Score
78
13 reviews
Australian band channels heartbreak, failed expectations and insecurity into an intimate collection of tender-hearted indie rock.

Charli XCX - CRASH
March 18, 2022
Critic Score
76
28 reviews
The ‘”anti-pop star”delivers mega-bops that don’t dilute her art-school eccentricities.

Coi Leray - Trendsetter
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
59
4 reviews
Leray’s passion is thrilling to listen to, and her music is provocatively weird and full of stylistic pivots

Daddy Yankee - LEGENDADDY
March 24, 2022
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
The iconic reggaeton artist claims this will be his final album. He’s going out in a blaze of glory.

Destroyer - LABYRINTHITIS
March 25, 2022
Critic Score
76
18 reviews
Dan Bejar seems game to throw everything against the proverbial wall and see what sound it makes.

Earl Sweatshirt - SICK!
January 14, 2022
Critic Score
80
21 reviews

The groundbreaking MC continues to push himself on his most artistically rewarding album yet.

EARTHGANG - GHETTO GODS
February 25, 2022
Critic Score
67
8 reviews
The Atlanta duo sound like they’re spreading their wings and embracing challenges.

Eddie Vedder - Earthling
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
74
16 reviews

On his latest solo outing, Earthling, Vedder unapologetically backspaces onto Pearl Jam’s turf with 13 tracks that recall both the band’s punk energy and its mainstream-rock aspirations in a way that feels distinctively Vedderish.

Ella Mai - HEART ON MY SLEEVE
May 6, 2022
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

Empath - Visitor
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
77
31 reviews

With delicate orchestral arrangements, a dead Turkish Angora, and an overlying Old Hollywood theme, Chloë and the Next 20th Century is the most un-Misty-like album yet. We’re OK with that.

Fivio Foreign - B.I.B.L.E.
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
68
5 reviews
Brooklyn drill ambassador brings a loose energy to his debut album.

FKA twigs - CAPRISONGS
January 14, 2022
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

The U.K. avant-pop star fights trauma and darkness with the most buoyant music of her career.

Florence + The Machine - Dance Fever
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
81
26 reviews
The latest Florence + the Machine LP is an ecstatic prayer for post-pandemic redemption.

Future -  I NEVER LIKED YOU
April 29, 2022
Critic Score
66
7 reviews
His new LP won’t rank among his best, but it has a compositional sweep often absent from his work.

Girlpool - Forgiveness
April 29, 2022
Critic Score
76
14 reviews
The fourth album from the L.A. folk-turned-industrial-pop-duo Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad is their most sonically surprising — full of brash lust and tender beauty.

Harry Styles - Harry's House
May 20, 2022
Critic Score
78
27 reviews
Harry Styles delivers sleek, heartfelt pop pleasures on his great third album.

Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
June 3, 2022
Critic Score
79
20 reviews

Do not confuse this album for some retread of the 90s alt-rock cannon. It stands on its own legs, as part of the ongoing saga of rock music, a 21st century reinvention of that which has come before.

Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
87
33 reviews

The Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper spends much of his fifth studio album deconstructing his own mythology. The result is at moments brilliant but on the whole, frustratingly uneven.

Kevin Morby - This Is A Photograph
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
83
14 reviews
The singer-songwriter’s seventh album is a house of spirits, haunted by the ghosts of Jeff Buckley, of Jay Reatard, of childhood and innocence and moments long past.

Koffee - Gifted
March 25, 2022
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
Barack Obama and Harry Styles are already fans. Now, the rising Jamaican star is living up to her great expectations with a brilliant album.

Kurt Vile - (watch my moves)
April 15, 2022
Critic Score
76
23 reviews
Laid-back Philly guitar wizard’s ninth album stretches out and gets comfortable amidst the chaos.

Latto - 777
March 25, 2022
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

Lil Durk - 7220
March 11, 2022
Critic Score
70
5 reviews
The Chicago drill rap star offers vivid reflections on growing up in a war-torn world.

Los Bitchos - Let The Festivities Begin!
February 4, 2022
Critic Score
73
15 reviews

Mary J. Blige - Good Morning Gorgeous
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
78
10 reviews
It’s an album full of emotional tumult as well as joy and optimism.

Miranda Lambert - Palomino
April 29, 2022
Critic Score
80
8 reviews
The eighth album from country music’s most ambitious artist is full of welcome departures.

Mitski - Laurel Hell
February 4, 2022
Critic Score
79
38 reviews

Laurel Hell can feel, at first, like an impenetrable record, full of guarded gloss and pop production that feels more like cold caution than anthemic summoning.

Omar Apollo - IVORY
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
The Mexican American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s sense of maturity grounds the project, and the songs stay playful yet tender, free yet focused.

Phife Dawg - FOREVER
March 22, 2022
Critic Score
75
9 reviews
A Tribe Called Quest rapper sounds at peace with his past as he gestures toward the future.

Pusha T - It's Almost Dry
April 22, 2022
Critic Score
81
11 reviews
The rapper’s fourth solo album presents a well-balanced portrait of a complex man with some serious burdens on his heart.

Raveena - Asha's Awakening
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love
April 1, 2022
Critic Score
66
24 reviews
More than anything, this record feels like a coming home. There’s a certain magic that happens with these four musicians, and Frusciante’s absence always leaves a piece of the puzzle missing. Thankfully, he always finds his way back.

ROSALÍA - MOTOMAMI
March 18, 2022
Critic Score
87
17 reviews

The Spanish pop rule breaker follows her own instincts and impulses wherever they lead here and comes up with a brilliant album.

Saba - Few Good Things
February 4, 2022
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Shamir - Heterosexuality
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
79
16 reviews
The polymath indie artist delivers an album about breaking free from traumas and constricting binaries.

Sharon Van Etten - We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong
May 6, 2022
Critic Score
80
27 reviews
Another collection of gorgeously moody singer-songwriter pop — see “Anything,” in which a sleepless night becomes a devastating anthem about much more.

Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa
February 11, 2022
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

A consistently excellent band takes it to a new level by getting back to basics.

Syd - Broken Hearts Club
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
The frontwoman for alt-R&B darlings The Internet unfurls a epic tale of love and loss with lush production.

Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder - GET ON BOARD
April 22, 2022
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

The Black Keys - Dropout Boogie
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
71
13 reviews
The arena-garage-rock duo channel their “inner ZZ Top” into some of the stickiest alt-boogie of their career, and even bring on ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons to help out.

The Smile - A Light for Attracting Attention
May 13, 2022
Critic Score
84
27 reviews
Radiohead’s songwriting nucleus team with jazz drummer Tom Skinner on ‘A Light for Attracting Attention,’ a lower-stakes, jammy album with some of their most straightforward songs in years.

The Weeknd - Dawn FM
January 7, 2022
Critic Score
83
27 reviews

Less brooding and decadent than usual, his latest is a refreshingly light and accessible listen.

Wet Leg - Wet Leg
April 8, 2022
Critic Score
83
39 reviews
The UK duo revel in a Pavement-style guitar slack that goes perfectly with the rollercoaster emotional tension in their songs.

Wilco - Cruel Country
May 27, 2022
Critic Score
80
17 reviews
Their latest is a beautifully rootsy album with a broken sense of patriotic concern.
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-2022-so-far-1361436/
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