You voted in your dozens (almost), and we listened! It’s the 2022 expanded edition of the “DiSsers Share and Rate their albums of the year so far” thread!
Show us your favourite albums of 2022 (so far) and tell us why you love them. Descriptions of genre/style are always appreciated, as are video/spotify/apple music links to the whole album or good entry point tracks.
(And whilst we’re doing it why don’t we have polls for a score out of 10 so that we can get an idea of which ones DiS as a collective digs (but not take any scores too personally))
How to correctly set up an average rating poll
Make sure to select ‘Number Rating’ when making the poll and set the max choices option to ‘10’
Let’s start off with an album most Music Board users will have heard of, and one of about five albums that are seriously vying for my favourite album of the year at this very early point
Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
As somebody who thought that Big Thief had too thinly spread out a single album’s worth of music in 2019, I was initially not thrilled that they were going to be going electric boogaloo on us with a double album. How wrong I was, thankfully: 20 songs and only one of the could really be described as a dud imo, making this a viable candidate to join the pantheon of all-time great double albums.
It’s largely their most folk-y/acoustic based album outside of maybe UFOF, but dips in and out of alt-rock and country too. Most important of all, Adrienne Lenker keeps tossing out one compelling chord progression/melody after the other for almost the entire duration. I’ve never really warmed to a Neil Young studio album, but this is kind of how I imagined one would sound based off the way other music lovers talk about his classics. A really remarkable album.
Have tried really hard with this but still dont find the second half particularly memorable. Which is a shame as i was hoping this would be a classic based off the promise of her debut and the singles. First half slays though.
Probably my clubhouse leader by a fraction at this early stage. Storm Queen possesses a lush sound that sits somewhere between folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, and blues. It’s also home to one of the year’s most expressive voices. But whilst that voice is capable of dizzying, almost deranged, heights like Up In Flames and Heaven, Cummings also makes sure to use its versatility to avoid things becoming one-dimensional. In fact the quieter, more delicate pieces like Two Little Birds and Always New Days Always, with their exquisite flourishes and embellishments, prove to be just as compelling as the showstoppers.