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Best 10 Music Album Released In 2022 So Far

Since the beginning of the year, many musicians from various genres have continuously released new songs that are presented utilizing distinct themes and carry different messages in each body of work.

Though choosing and limiting a plethora of fantastic albums to ten was a difficult task, this article presents what we feel to be the ten sickest albums released this year. We’ll start climbing from number 10 to get to the top of the list.

10. Caprisongs by FKA Twigs

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The uninhibited avant-pop on FKA twigs’ latest mixtape, Caprisongs, is an epic pleasure because of the rawness of her earlier work. Twigs is still releasing some grief, but she’s unrestrained and out of fucks to give, preferring instead to concentrate on herself, her friends, and her delight as she finds release in sounds culled from London’s enormous clubs and euphoric dance floors.

Twigs has transformed R&B wisps and electronic abstractions into incredibly visual concept art throughout her career. Yet, while the music on Caprisongs is her most effervescent, she doesn’t forsake her artistic nonconformity or intimacy.

9. Hello Poison by Arin Ray

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Hello Poison is a return to where he is today, having quietly matured as an artist through a slew of collaborative single releases, behind-the-scenes work, and some personal growth – he’s now a father – since we last heard from him on a large scale.

Certain lines in particular, notably in the album’s early moments, are instrumentally, productively, in terms of songwriting, and in the range of his vocalism. It takes a lot of weight to emit the kind of straightforward eroticism and positivism energy that one of the all-time great R&B modernists has long claimed as a hallmark. However, Hello Poison has a long stride and a lot of rangy meandering over R&B, Neo-Soul, Pop, and Funk throughout its 46-minute run duration.

8. UN Verano Sin TI by Bad Bunny

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Un Verano Sin Ti finds Bad Bunny relaxing and enjoying himself with a relaxed, laid-back collection of 23 tracks, his most extensive tracklist to date. In interviews, Bad Bunny has indicated that childhood excursions inspired him to the shore of Puerto Rico, which infuses some of the album’s Caribbean rhythms and laid-back atmosphere.

When Bad Bunny dives into the glistening waters of the alternative scene and brings the skills of indie stalwarts like Bomba Estereo (“Ojitos Lindos”), Buscabulla (“Andrea”), and the Marias (“Otro Atardecer”) to the audience, his carefree, nautical approach shines brightest.

7. Harry’s House by Harry Styles

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With his third album, Harry’s House, he’s managed to combine the polished-marble smoothness of Steely Dan with the generosity of an Al Green or Yo La Tengo record, resulting in music that’s both exquisite and refined but also warmer and more intimate.

Synths and horns abound throughout Harry’s House, frequently soaked in slick, sticky synth-pop and R&B. You almost expect to see Greg Phillinganes and Rod Temperton in the credits, along with Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson, Styles’ longstanding songwriting colleagues.

6. Proof by BTS

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Proof, the band’s most recent album, is their most ambitious ever, but not in the way many would think. BTS not only commemorate their arduous, ultra-successful journey thus far in a three-volume anthology but also give listeners an intimate glimpse into the hard labour that has gone into it. Finally, they’re allowing themselves to pause and take in the scenery.

There’s a reason disc three is secret and only available on the physical album – it’s for the true believers. The CD is in many ways one of the group’s most intimate releases yet, laid out like torn-out pages from a diary nobody was supposed to see, filled with demo versions of existing BTS tracks and unreleased songs that never made the cut.

5. I Never Liked You by Future

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Future has shown that he is capable of change. Only the old heads who insist on calling him a “mumble rapper” are blind to this. On the other hand, his modifications are usually minor and made on his terms. For example, he unabashedly indulges in his unique blend of sexist impulses on I Never Liked You, reducing women to chattel to be consumed and discarded.

He also discusses how his relationships with people of the opposite sex impact him. Finally, he reasserts his prominence as a prominent (if not the primary) player in post-Weezy/T-Pain/Kid Cudi melodic rap by drawing on deep wells of passion.

4. Rave and Roses by Rema

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On his debut album, Rave & Roses, Rema sounds as confident and infectiously youthful as ever. Rema’s vocals play double dutch with the beats, displaying a spirited playfulness and incredible skill. His vocal delivery is ferried by plush and thorough production that spans romantic Afro-pop, booming dembow, hedonistic synth-pop, and hints of Amapiano.

He finds surprising notes in the arrangements’ nooks and crannies, twisting them into catchy hooks, adorable micro-runs, or layering them to produce harmonies that merge with such parity that either one may serve as the primary melody. It’s a promising debut that serves as a showcase for an artist with big ambitions who revels in his ability.

3. Motomami by Rosalía

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Motomami, Rosalía’s daring new album, refracts the noise that has engulfed her for the past few years, bends it to her will, and then throws it back into the ether. She gives a whirling, multicoloured self-portrait that is brash and bawdy at times, crushingly emotional at others, and absolutely absurd at others.

Rosalía is uncompromising about who she is and what she wants to do. She reveals herself full of contrasts, metamorphoses, and impulses from the first seconds of “Saoko,” the hydraulic-charged opener.

2. Dawn FM by The Weeknd

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Dawn FM is a natural sound development for The Weeknd after his notorious After Hours era, with sleek ’80s synths (“Take My Breath”) and old-school R&B melodies (“Out of Time”) complementing Abel Tesfaye’s sweltry vocals. He went all-in on a biblical fantasia on Dawn FM, which was released with little fanfare. And, for the first time in all his dead-eyed accounts of drunkenness, he seemed to be a bit worried about it. Dawn FM is, to some extent, a concept album.

The record also showcases Tesfaye’s lyrical progression over the last decade, from prior anthems rejoicing in drug-fueled antics too, having Jim Carrey document a lonely journey into the hereafter, contextualizing the gloomy subjects Tesfaye is yearning to explore. As a result, dawn FM isn’t just one of the best albums of 2022; it also exemplifies The Weeknd’s unique approach to pop composition.

1. Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar

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Despite portraying himself as Jesus on the album’s cover, Lamar is in more vulnerable territory than at any other point in his career. Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, released as a double album, takes on an ambitious concept, bringing us inside Lamar’s psyche with the help of his long-term partner Whitney Alford as narrator.

The jazz-influenced musician is meticulous about the aural flow through his mind. The record strikes a happy medium between Donda 2-style haste and deliberate discord. Most of the tracks are divided into one of three beats, providing each song with the narrative complexity you’d expect from a whole album.

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