|Platy's 10 Best Mid 2022 Releases|
Well this year has been wild so far! Not just for music reasons, the transition from pre-COVID misery to living on my own in a new state has been going very well. I finally have a job I feel secure at, and life is good. Unfortunately that means not as much time for music, but that's okay. Sure the year hasn't been outstanding so far, but there's a lot to look forward to. Anyway, here's the 10 best things I've heard so far, which a few honorable mentions.
40 oz. to Fresno
This World is Going to Ruin You
|11||Motionless in White|
Scoring the End of the World
Where Myth Becomes Memory
Sure it's a bit of a step down from their last album, but for a band this good, that isn't automatically a deal breaker. RT is wicked consistent, and this continues that trend.
Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers
Maybe I just don't understand Kendrick the same way others do - because while public opinion was split over this record, I enjoyed it just as much as his previous work. Granted, I never found his previous albums to be classics like most people do. Regardless! This is good!
This duo seriously deserves more attention. They remind me of a more hip-hop influenced version of Don Broco, which basically means it's a ton of fun from beginning to end.
This Bright And Beautiful World
I remember loving this when I first heard it, but honestly haven't heard it since. For fans of southern-infused metalcore, you really can't go wrong. Sure, the calmer songs are hit-or-miss, but the heavier tracks are awesome.
Fear of the Dawn
Jack White continues being weird, and I'm all for it. This was a step up from Boarding House Reach in nearly every way, and I'm so excited to see what else he has planned later this month.
|5||Coheed and Cambria|
Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind
Who cares if this is poppier than their usual stuff? It still rocks, and half the songs off this album have been stuck in my head at one point or another since its release. The production is immaculate as well.
|4||The Dear Hunter|
Speaking of poppier-than-usual albums that not everyone enjoyed, here's The Dear Hunter! Just like I said with Coheed and Cambria, the production is immaculate and Casey and the crew sound as good as ever. It's bombastic and ridiculous, but god damn do I love it.
Here's a statement that'll show my age: this is the first Alexisonfire album I've ever heard. And sure, it took some time to get used to the fuzzy production, but Dallas Green is an outstanding vocalist, and this album only makes me want to check out their older material. Also, Sans Soleil is a frontrunner for song of the year.
If you had told me even a year ago that I'd be jamming an album that crosses 70's era prog-rock with modern screamo, I would've said you're full of it. Alas, The Loser is here, and I've been listening to it every week or so since it came out. This was my first exposure to Gospel, and now I'm finally starting to understand why they're so universally beloved on this site.
Rouge Carpet Disaster
And the number one! I'll be honest, I think my nostalgia has skewed my opinion a bit, since this album combines everything I loved about music from my formative teenage years, and puts it into a package that feels both familiar and fresh. It's gonna be hard for any album to top this in 2022.