Posted on Tuesday 20th December 2022 at 12:39
As we wave goodbye to 2022 and look forward to 2023 and all the great shows on offer, we thought it would be the perfect time to bring you our favourite albums of the year!
There were so many incredible releases this year, but we've chosen 20 of our favourites to let you know about across 4 parts, here are the first five!
Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork
For fans of: Working Men's Club, BODEGA, Squid
Released: 21st October
What the critics say: "The London band's second album is a bold leap forward, one that sets the band apart from their contemporaries and defies categorisation." - NME
Stand out track: Anna Calls From The Arctic
See Dry Cleaning live in Nottingham and Leeds next year. TICKETS HERE.
Alvvays - Blue Rev
For fans of: Japanese Breakfast, Soccer Mommy, Perfume Genius
Released: 7th October
What the critics say: "The Toronto band’s third album is a triumph of power pop, a densely layered, witty, blithe, and beautiful record that sets a new benchmark for the genre." - Pitchfork
Stand out track: Easy On Your Own?
See Alvvays live at Dot To Dot Festival in Bristol and Nottingham next year. TICKETS HERE.
Dropkick Murphys - This Machine Still Kills Fascists
For fans of: Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Pennywise
Released: 30th September
What the critics say: "Exactly the album we need to hear today, as Donald Trump recklessly tries to reassume the role of grand poohbah, leaving it to Guthrie to make mincemeat of a man he never met. Dropkick Murphys are just the band to lead the charge using the words of one of the world’s great rabble rousers. It’s a match made in heaven." - Spectrum Culture
Stand out track: Talking Jukebox
See Dropkick Murphys live on their UK tour in January. TICKETS HERE.
The Cool Greenhouse - Sod's Toastie
For fans of: KEG, LIFE, The Bug Club
Released: 11th November
What the critics say: “Sod’s Toastie is right up there with the great albums of 2022. It demands your attention. Now." - God Is in the TV
Stand out track: I Lost My Head
See The Cool Greenhouse live in Nottingham next year. TICKETS HERE.
The Comet Is Coming - Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam
For fans of: Sons Of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, Ezra Collective
Released: 23rd September
What the critics say: "The cosmic jazz trio's ravey third album – recorded in a matter of days – goes harder and faster than ever before." - NME
Stand out track: TECHNICOLOUR
See The Comet Is Coming live in Nottingham and Leeds next year. TICKETS HERE.