Best Albums of 2022

Albums scoring 70+

Utada Hikaru - BAD Mode
1.
85
Genre: Japanese art pop
The Weeknd - Dawn FM
2.
80
Genre: synthpop

While more inconsistent than After Hours, the best tracks on here take those ideas and enhance them with more futuristic and ambitious production assisted by Oneohtrix Point Never & Swedish House Mafia. It's like Daft Punk meets Thriller, and if he can patch together some of the inconsistencies (particularly on the second half), then I think he's yet to drop his magnus opus.

Also shout to him for always seeming to drop albums when uncertainty about the future is at it's peak. After Hours got me through that first month or so or lockdown, and this is going to get to me through Omicron's peak.
Nanoray - DIGIMAIDEN
3.
80
Genre: Hardcore Breaks

Coffee for your ears.
DJ Muggs & Rigz - GOLD
4.
75
Genre: undergroup hip hop

Elite production from the legend DJ Muggs, hot bars from up and comer Rigz, and lots of great feature verses.
Og Keemo - Mann beisst Hund
5.
75
Genre: German rap

A hip-hop record that can stand on it's without having knowledge of the wordplay or lyricism is greatly impressive.
Mydreamfever - Rough and Beautiful Place
6.
70
Genre: neo-classical new age

Mydreamfever aka Parannoul continues to make long & ambitious music that can keep hyperactive people's attention on it
AURORA - The Gods We Can Touch
7.
70
Genre: pop

An album with great production showcasing the lovely singing, songwriting ability, and vocal variety of AURORA.
Red Vox - Visions
8.
70
Genre: alternative rock/psych

A well-executed alternative rock record with some hints of pysch rock. Enjoyable and accessible.
Soichi Terada - Asakusa Light
9.
70
Genre: Japanese electronic

A fun electronic release
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