After an intense and radiant musical year, Paris Match Belgium brings you its totally subjective ranking – and (almost) without order of preference – of the best albums of 2022.
Rosalia – Motomami
Best album of the year? For us, it’s a big yes. Since 2017 and his first project Los Angeles, the Barcelona native follows her stellar trajectory by only offering picks that make sense. The second album El mal querer had initiated the pop turn coated with flamenco. Number 3 Motomami came to confirm the rise in power. With big hits of reggaeton bangers and bold beats. But without ever forgetting the so beautiful and touching lyrical flights of the pop star. the queen Rosalia.
Charlotte Adigery & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer
The electro-pop duo from Ghent gave us 50 minutes of little auditory bombs this year with their first album Topical Dancer. In addition to making us move like never before, Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul work brilliantly to examine our world without ever taking themselves seriously. A masterclass that raises them to the top of the rankings of the most prestigious specialized magazines. Pride.
Disiz – Love
It takes more than one listen to measure the strength of this thirteenth album by the French rapper, appeased and found in his most successful project. Always with his jerky flow, Disiz auscultates the feeling of love and his intimacy without doing too much, without wanting to play it, in short with all the accuracy necessary. Wonderfully well built, Love takes us crescendo towards the eponymous title of the opus, a masterful finale that we listen to and re-listen to tirelessly. We say thank you for this centerpiece.
Kendrick Lamar – Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
This year marked the return of the king of the rap game and the comeback is perfectly successful. “Kung Fu Kenny” allows himself a masterful and complex introspection in Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, meditating on his inner demons, repressed emotions, family struggles or even the pitfalls of fame. A demonstration, if one were needed, that the 2018 Pulitzer Prize is above the rest.
Sudan Archives – Natural Brown Prom Queen
This year, the Californian singer and violinist has offered us a marvel of a devilishly well-produced album. In Natural Brown Prom Queen, Brittney Parks celebrates the black woman from every angle with a very effective sense of rhythm. Upon entry, “Homemaker” plunges us into a frenzy from which we will emerge happier. To give you the smile.
Mura Masa – Demon Time
Third studio album from British DJ and producer, Demon Time is surely the best in 2022 to dance and celebrate life. Filled with insolent featurings – Channel Tres, Slowthai, Shygirl, Pa Salieu, Erika de Casier – the album is just a succession of sticks of dynamite ready to explode. To be fully for your New Year.
Danger Mouse & Black Thought – Cheat Codes
Put one of the most influential DJs of the moment and rapper Black Thought, mythical frontman of The Roots, in the same studio, and you’ll get an already cult album just a few months after its release. A return to the basics of hip-hop, sprinkled with love for soul and funk, which took us back 20 years. And God it feels good. With Raekwon, Michael Kiwanuka, Run The Jewels, Joey Bada$$, A$AP Rocky and MF DOOM in it. The best.
alt-J – The Dream
We’ve been waiting for their return for four years. After Relax, an experimental trip where they gave pride of place to featurings (Rejjie Snow, Lomepal, etc.), the British alt-J returned to business with an intimate fourth album inspired by their beginnings. Cottonier than ever, the indie rock of the trio from Leeds is definitely still as good.
Second black-yellow-red project of this top 10, that of the rising Brussels quartet. The four musicians released in November a very controlled first album, the mineral Atoll. A purely instrumental record that summons electronic sounds without ever yielding to the temptation of machines. We dove headlong into it and we recommend that you go with the flow. Go for it.
Wet Leg – Wet Leg
The very hyped British duo formed by Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers brought post-punk back to life this year with crazy and contagious energy. Ironically, the two young women tell us about their shoddy love stories with joyful self-mockery. Love at first sight.
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Our 10 favorite albums of 2022